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Tom Hughes-Parry (1949-2015)


It is with great sadness that the partners announce the death of our former partner Tom Hughes-Parry FCA, after a lengthy illness that he fought bravely and uncomplainingly for the past two years. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife Rosemary and their sons Thomas and Phillip.

Tom joined Beer Aplin on 2 November 1978 having served his articles at Harmood Banner and working after qualification in the Investigation Department of Deloitte Haskins & Sells. He was appointed as a partner on 1 May 1979 and after the merger retired as a partner of Thomas Westcott on 30 April 2006.

Tom was well respected as an accountant by the business community of Exeter and his peers in the other professions. His work in the Charity and Not for Profit sector was extensive, holding many honorary positions including initially as Secretary to the Governors and then as Trustee of the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education.  


He was very active in the affairs of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, sitting on both national and local committees, including as Chairman of the National Charity and Voluntary Sector Group.

Tom was Bursar and Secretary to the Governors of the Maynard School in Exeter for over 30 years, overseeing in that time major developments on the school site.

He was also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Tom was well liked by the staff that worked for him despite being very demanding, but they understood that this was only because he wanted to provide the best possible service to his clients.

His funeral will take place at 1:30pm on Thursday 22 October at St Gregory’s Church, Dawlish.