The death occurred at ‘Damerels’, Limers Lane, Northam, on Sunday of Mr Ernest Allen Stepledon who, until he retired in 1946, had been the senior partner of the well known North Devon firm of land agents of Messrs Smyth-Richards and Stapledon for many years.
Mr Stapledon, who was 80, was a son of the late Mr William Stapledon, of Lakenham, Northam, and was educated at the United Services College at Westward Ho! and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.
Mr Stapledon first entered into partnership with the late Mr J Groves Cooper under the title of Groves Cooper and Stapledon. On retirement of his partner, he took Mr C R E Powell into partnership, the firm becoming Groves Cooper, Stapledon and Powell. When Mr Powell retired, Mr Stapledon amalgamated with Messrs Smyth-Richards and Fox of Barnstaple, and on the death of Mr Fox, the firm became Messrs Smyth-Richards and Stapledon. For many years he carried out the duties of Consular Agent for France up to the time of the time of the collapse of that country during the evening 1939-45 war.
Mr Stapledon was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Land Agents’ Society, a Member of the Institute of Registered Architects and a Member of the Royal Agricultural College.
He leaves a widow and two sons and a daughter. Mr C W Stapledon is partner of the firm of Messrs William Stapledon and Sons of Port Said, Egypt, and Mr R de S Stapledon, OBE, is economic secretary to the East African High Commission, Nairobi. The daughter, Miss Mariel Stapledon, lives at home. Another son, Mr C E C Stapledon B.Sc, (Naval architecture), who was with the Crown Agent, Singapore, died in a Japanese internment camp in Sumatra in 1945.
The funeral of Mr Stapledon took place privately.