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Former Origen chief Gareth Marr passes away


Former Origen chief executive and co-founder of The Red House Gareth Marr has died after a long battle with cancer.

Marr retired in 2013 after an operation to treat throat cancer after 30 years in the industry. In 2014 he received a Money Marketing outstanding contribution to the industry award.

Aside from leading Aegon-owned network Origen, he founded The Red House, Marr & Bradley. He was also chief executive of Moores Marr Bradley, Advisory & Brokerage.

He also was deputy chairman of city regulator Fimbra, chairman of the Association of Pensioner Trustees and appeared before the Treasury Select Committee.

He had a host of famous clients including Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, singers Peter Gabriel and Sting and renowned architect Lord Norman Foster of Thames Bank.

In a note to clients The Red House co-founder and managing director Ruth Sturkey says: “Gareth will be sorely missed by many but in particular his wife Jane and children Morgan and Sian.

“I will miss him, his optimism, his creativity, his lust for life and passion. Passion for his family, his many businesses, the people and causes he cared about, yoga and music.”



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  1. Sad news RIP

  2. RIP Gareth. A quick check of Companies House gives his date of birth as August 1951: he was 64.

  3. This his a sad loss to financial fraternity. One of life true gentlemen.

  4. Aaron Eriskin 31st May 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Sad news. I always remember being fresh in to the industry and speculatively emailing Gareth when he was at Origen while at life office. Not only did he respond but he gave me some advice which has helped massively during my career. Thoughts are with his family.

  5. How sad. A true leader and innovator. The industry is poorer for his passing. Such a young age. A tradgedy.

  6. Typo: tragedy.

  7. Sad news. Worked with Gareth at Phoenix Assurance back in the 1980’s. Kept in touch and as others have said a true gentleman.

  8. Malcolm Small 31st May 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Very sad news, the great always seem to die young. He was also a fantastic help to me and we worked together on some projects down the years. Always courteous and generous with his time. An example to us all. I’ll miss our occasional glasses of wine. Thoughts are with his family. RIP, Gareth.

  9. So sad to hear of Gareth’s passing. I will remember him as a principled, professional and visionary man who had warmth, sincerity and humility in spades.

  10. Ron Wheatcroft 31st May 2016 at 9:57 pm

    This is very sad news. Good company and a very decent man who will be missed very much. RIP Gareth.

  11. I’d echo all the sentiments above – Gareth was one of the pioneers of self invested pensions – particularly SSASs & his contribution to the industry can’t be underestimated. He was charming, entertaining and intelligent with a unique style – and his passing is a sad loss. My sincere condolences to his family and work colleagues.

  12. So sad a day. We laughed together plenty of times.

  13. Very sad news. We didnt always agree but he was a very solid advocate for advice. Sam B can we have funeral details please

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