Condolence sample letter for a company founder's death


  1. In writing a letter of offering sympathy for the death of a business colleague, courteously recognize the receiver's hardship while giving him or her comfort and encouragement. Be tactful, truthful and genuine while you write the letter, if possible, write it by hand and on a personal stationery. Do not write business specifics like benefits or distributions on the letter. You can write about these things some other time.
  2. Make him or her feel your sympathy.
  3. Reminisce the deceased's success and his or her character, or one of your beautiful memories about your relationship with the deceased.
  4. Give additional sympathy and encouragement.


[Senders Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Letter Date]

[Recipients Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-

Dear [Recipients Name],

I saw the news reports this morning that reported on the passing away of James Offer, your company's founder. I write this note to express my sadness at your loss. James Offer did much to make your firm what it is today. It was his energy and drive that impressed me most, and I would always look forward to meeting him every time he popped into our offices here in York. I know my staff join me in offering our sympathy's and look forward to joining you at his memorial service.


[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

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cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -