Paul Dallyn 1947 – 2022

We are saddened to report the sudden death of our former partner and consultant Paul Dallyn

Paul Dallyn 1947 – 2022

Senior partner Mark Lewis first met Paul when he joined Senior & Godwin in 1975. “Paul joined my father’s firm and was based in Sturminster Newton and, although I was a teenager, I heard many compliments about an ‘energetic young man’ who was swiftly building a strong reputation in the profession. He was a very good listener and became a mentor to many younger people in the firm who were taking their professional exams and I often heard from clients how he had a natural ability to give straight forward, intelligent, and considered advice.

“I shadowed him in school holidays and he stood next to me when I made my auctioneering debut, aged 18, selling pigs in Sturminster Market. It was a difficult job, even for the most experienced, but Paul made sure, with a quiet word to the dealers and abattoir owners, that they gave me a fair, but robust reception and was quick to give me encouragement and guidance in equal measure.

“When Paul left the firm to join Alastair Cowen at Symonds & Sampson in Dorchester he retained the respect and admiration of clients and also the staff and partners at Senior & Godwin and he became the ‘bridge’ between the two firms when we amalgamated in 1990. His reassurance that the merger would work was of vital importance and his good sense and fairness around the partnership table was immeasurable.

“When he moved back to Sturminster he became a mentor to many of us and helped develop our careers. He always had time to listen to a conundrum and then impart pearls of wisdom. This clear advice was cherished particularly after a property auction when he would sit in my office and dissect what went right, and wrong, and how the sale could have been improved. Even though he was not a natural auctioneer I appreciated his insight and analysis”.

Managing partner Richard Miller adds “ I first met Paul when I came for an interview for an assistant land agent role 32 years ago, with what was then the small two office firm of Symonds, Sampson & Powell. He struck me immediately as someone who was both extremely knowledgeable and approachable. True to that first impression, he gave me, and many other work colleagues within our expanding business, such sound guidance which I rely upon to this day. That also included navigating the roads of rural Dorset – which he did so at high speed!

“Paul was a true gentleman and the whole firm joins me in sending Joan and the whole family our sincerest best wishes. We have lost not only a highly intelligent man but also a true friend”.

Paul’s funeral is on Friday 6th May at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Gillingham. All are welcome.


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