John Abbott


John was a real estate industry GOAT whom had a massively influential role in making Auction a big part of the real estate scene here in New Zealand.

“Many real estate agents in New Zealand and Australia have been trained by him – or John called one of their Auctions. One of good guys of real estate, who was just a fun fella to be around” Property Noise Group

John’s son Simon announced the very sad news on Facebook yesterday:

It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father John Abbott. He died peacefully and painlessly this morning at home with me by his side.
Dad was one honourable, loving and damn right funny man and left a huge mark on not only the Real Estate industry but the lives of those in it as well as everyone that was lucky enough to meet him along the way.
We will have an update on the date, time and location of his funeral in Auckland soon and will then take him to be laid to rest in Melbourne.
Matt and I can not thank those around us enough for the support over the last year. Thank you, sincerely.
We love you Dad ❤️
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John (ABBO) flanked her by his two sons (FACEBOOK)
John Abbotts funeral will be held on Thursday the 26th of January at 3:00pm at St Mary’s in Holy Trinity – 446 Parnell Road, Parnell.
We then invite everyone to join us at 5:00pm for a drink and to celebrate the amazing man he was at The Cav – 68 College Hill, Freemans Bay
We would also like to thank everyone for the hundreds of calls, texts and messages we have received over the last 24 hours and apologise if we don’t respond immediately. We’re really feeling the love that everyone had for our father.
Some of the Facebook comments:
So sorry for your loss Matt & Simon and sending love & deepest sympathy. John (Abs) was a true gentleman, an absolute RE legend & wonderful friend. Great memories of our early time in NZ. He absolutely loved you boys! RIP John Xx
During the 1980s John and I traveled through the eastern bloc countries, Russia, Poland, Hungary and many more. His humour and generosity got us out of numerous predicaments. Mind you it also got us into those predicaments!
I am truly saddened by this news and heart felt condolences to you both ??
So sad to hear of John’s passing. He was a truly great guy who worked hard and played hard and we had so many good times over many years He was an inspiration to so many and never failed to make you laugh He will be sadly missed
So sorry to hear this Simon ? I absolutely loved working with your dad! Sending lots of love your way xx