Lesley Graham dies

Lesley Graham, Sterling Home buying director died on 23 December.

Graham, daughter of the group’s founder George Knowles Snr, died peacefully.

‘Lesley was diagnosed with an interstitial lung disease some years ago, and although her health had deteriorated in recent months, this news has come as a sudden and profound shock to us all. Lesley has worked in the family business for over 30 years, and is a highly respected and trusted furniture buyer. She has spent her working life travelling the world and forging lasting relationships and working partnerships with suppliers, agents and retailers alike,’ says a statement.

‘Her passing will be a huge loss to the industry and to our Sterling family; many of whom have known and worked with Lesley for a great number of years.’

Many tributes have been paid to her from across the furnishing industry, attesting to her skill as a buyer, professionalism and love of life.

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