William Yeoward 1957-2019

We have some very sad news to share with all of you. After a lengthy, courageous and very valiant battle against cancer, William Yeoward passed away peacefully on Tuesday 18th June.

We, at William Yeoward, have lost an inspiring and creative genius, and the world has lost a very special human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with William have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. William leaves behind a legacy that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of all that we do at William Yeoward.
No words can adequately express our sadness at William's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honour his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

We are grateful to all who have supported William with their kindness and prayers during the course of William's illness, who share our feelings far this exceptional man and who will mourn his passing with us.

We celebrate a life lived well and to the full. We celebrate a life of great achievement and success. We celebrate a man, whose kindness, generosity and indomitable positivity are an example to us all. Now at peace and forever in our hearts and memories.

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences, you can can comment below:

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28 thoughts on “William Yeoward 1957-2019”

  • Lauren Hinley

    To all the team at William Yeoward and his dear friends and family,
    I just wanted to say how very sorry I am from the bottom of my heart for the loss you have experienced, for I know he was loved so very much.
    I only managed to meet William a few times but each time I found his smile compelling and his positivity and creativeness totally inspiring, he is one of the reasons I chose to do what I do and I wish I could thank him for that.
    What a great man to of had in our world and I am sending all my thoughts your way.
    Best wishes,
    Lauren x

  • Charlie

    inspirational design icon the industry won’t be the same ... proud to be part of the team and to have briefly known William fun kind brave an incredible human being . Rest well x

  • Strobl

    Please accept the expression of our deepest sympathy.
    We are very sorry for your loss.
    Best wishes.

  • Elena Bowes

    I first got to know Willie in the early nougats when I had a huge glass box of a room and didn’t know how to decorate it. I ended up using all Willie’s simple, chic wood furniture and the room looked amazing. Then I got to know Willie through my friendship with darling Colin who helped me design my next home. One was more delightful than the other, the perfect couple. Everyone wanted to have them around because Willie and Colin were the best company ever. Period. My heart goes out to Colin who has been taking care of Willie with such grace, steadfastness and love for over four years. Xxx, Elena


    We are all so very very sorry

  • Bill Turner

    This is so sad to hear, enjoyed his visits to the USA. He always had a funny sense of humor.

  • rients bruinsma
    rients bruinsma 18 June 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I am so sorry to learn that WY has passed away. My sincere condolences to his family and everyone who worked with him. Our design community has lost a great talent.

    Rients Bruinsma

  • Roger and Fay Oates
    Roger and Fay Oates 18 June 2019 at 8:42 pm

    R.I.P. A great spirit that will be sadly missed.

  • Angela Bunt

    How terribly sad. Such a delightful, funny and talented man who I had the great pleasure of meeting. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends and all of you who work for him. My heart goes out to you all. He will be sorely missed by everyone. I love his fabrics and have used them in client's homes on multiple occasions. His legacy will continue.

  • Kenneth Kyle

    I met him in Dallas at a table scapes event for his book signing was on the roster. What an absolutely charming Englishman ,,, he was so gracious so polite and willing to sign five books to give friends as gifts , I was wearing one of my families Tartans with my prince Charlie outfit and he said “finally properly dressed Dallas gentlemen “ I always have admired his graciousness in his work ,the elegance ,the sophistication ,the simplicity and obviously the need to for the best quality . Having known Mr. Stanley of Neiman Marcus the two reminded me of one another , Is Herbert Marcus Senior founder of Neiman Marcus always said to his son
    “ Quality is remembered after the price has been forgotten “ so true a statement of William Yeoward!

    Lord Tartan Paisley

  • Dora Loewenstein
    Dora Loewenstein 19 June 2019 at 12:09 am

    What a tremendous loss you must all feel. My heart goes out to Colin and all of you who worked with Willie. I feel privileged to have spent the small amount of precious time with him that I did.

  • Pip Howeson

    How dreadfully sad. My heart goes out to you. I remember Willie's beautiful table complete with pepper grinders and candle sticks at the Village hall quiz night in glos. Typically elegant.

  • William Lack

    Very sorry to hear of William's passing - a great talent and will be missed greatly by the Design community -
    from all of us at Altfield

  • Sonia Malhotra
    Sonia Malhotra 19 June 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Very sad to hear the news , I have worked with jo
    and him in India on prints and his cushions so sorry to hear about the news

  • Margaret Powling

    I didn't have the pleasure of meeting William but I have some of his lovely books. I so admired his style, elegance that combined modern with traditional. My condolences to all, to his partner, and to everyone who worked with him.

  • Oliver Preston
    Oliver Preston 19 June 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Dearest Willie, we will miss you so much - love Ollie, Viv, Amber and Rex xxx

  • Sue de Zulueta
    Sue de Zulueta 20 June 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Darling Willie, you brought love, laughter, wit, charm and style to the world. What fund we had. We will miss you. Colin, thinking or you and so sad for your loss. All my love Sue

  • Nicholas Hollinshead

    Dearest William, had been a massive influence on our style philosophy at NHI for many years prior to finally having the opportunity and privilege of working with him and the lovely Sam Kingcome on a major development project in the early 2000s when we furnished the beautiful Forbury Hotel in Reading entirely with WY furniture. There have been numerous projects since then both commercial and residential and I have never ceased to be inspired by his indomitable style and panache. Walking into his aspirational showroom has always filled me with awe and wonder and I feel truly privileged and fortunate to have know him personally. William you were truly a creative genius and an amazing man to know. Rest peacefully knowing you leave a design legacy that will endure the passing of time. Deepest condolences to Colin and your entire team at WY, I know they will be devastated to loose you. Nick H.

  • Christine Gadsdon
    Christine Gadsdon 21 June 2019 at 9:35 am

    My condolences to all who loved him and shared WY's passion for life and interiors. I first loved his table glassware at one of the early House and Gardens Fair - where I was again only yesterday and mentioned his name again to my husband and some of the designers on their stands, starting out as he did those years ago. We have his books, wonderful glassware, cushions and fabric, and a couple of pieces of upholstery. Such terribly sad news.


    Dearest William,
    Writing this seems both surreal and incomprehensible. You were one of my greatest inspirations and a truly kind, supportive and wonderful friend. You, your family, friends and the wonderful team at WY are firmly in my thoughts. Much love my friend and sleep well xx

  • veronique henderson
    veronique henderson 25 June 2019 at 10:31 am

    Met William some 30 years ago, lost touch and then saw him again earlier this year. We instantly took up where we had left it. He was full of praise for his team. I will cherish my last encounter with him. RIP. VH

  • Su Chases

    Such an amazing character. When I first met William I was totally captivated... talented, wickedly frank, witty and so, so stylish! A very sad loss to the business.

  • Andrew Wright
    Andrew Wright 28 June 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I’m saddened to learn of dear William’s passing. I was fortunate enough to share such fun times during our wonderful interior pantomimes all of which William played a huge part in and helped make them truly enjoyable. Thinking of dear Colin and everyone at William Yeoward Crystal at this very sad time. Much love. Andrew ?

  • Hazel Scotland
    Hazel Scotland 2 July 2019 at 11:08 am

    I am so sad to learn of William's passing. From the very first time he advised me on what glasses to buy, before I could really afford them, I was hooked. Such a charming Gentleman. Please accept my very deepest condolences to all who loved William and will feel his loss the most. My thoughts are with you all.


  • Alexandra Parsons
    Alexandra Parsons 23 July 2019 at 4:41 pm

    So sorry, my heartfelt condolences to friends and family. I absolutely loved working with William on his last book. He was so brave, and we had such fun... I shall treasure being part of the project and part of his world for just a brief but memorable time.

  • Beth Ashton

    I am sooooo sorry to hear such sad news. Such a lovely man and so much fun. Colin, my thoughts are with you at such a difficult time.

    A huge loss to our 'world'.

    Beth xxx

  • Charlotte Calderini
    Charlotte Calderini 3 October 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Such a lovely person, will be missed xxx

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