Offer Sympathy For the Death of a Business Associate • Letter Templates and Guides

How to write this letter:

1Express your sympathy briefly.
2Recall the achievements or character of the deceased, or a particularly positive episode in your relations with him or her.
3Offer further condolences or support.


A letter offering sympathy for the death of a business associate respectfully acknowledges the reader's misfortune while offering comfort and support. Be brief, honest, and sincere as you write the message by hand, using personal stationery. Never include business details like benefits or distributions in a sympathy letter. Reserve these matters for another time.

Example Letter #1


The employees of Doe Clothing join me in extending our sympathy at the passing of John, your long-time business partner. We have had many occasions to do business with your firm and have always appreciated John's knowledge and willingness to help. We especially appreciated all he did to help us through the recession. We know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Example Letter #2


I was shocked to hear the sad news that Jane died so suddenly. I knew Jane to be a hard worker and an honest businesswoman. Although I admired her talent in business, her kindness with everyone was what truly impressed me. Please accept my contribution to the Jane Doe Trust as a token of my respect for her.

Example Letter #3


I am deeply saddened to hear of John's death. He and I have shared twenty rewarding years together as business partners and became as close as brothers. Together we learned about human nature, suffered some setbacks, and more than once helped each other get back up again. He never would let us fail.

Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. If Jane and I can help in any way, please give us a call. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Example Letter #4


I read this morning's news account of the death of John Doe, your founding president, and wish to extend my regrets for your loss. I believe your firm's solid reputation is in large measure due to John Doe's honesty and dedication to quality products. I know my staff and I will miss his frequent visits and good humor. He always had a welcome, constructive word of advice. We join you in honoring his memory.

Example Letter #5


All of us here at Doe Corporation mourn the passing of its founder, John Doe, and unite in honoring the exemplary life of a great American entrepreneur.

We fully appreciate the fact that Mr. Doe's inspiring leadership and pursuit of excellence have created a company with an enviable reputation for production quality both here and abroad. As we reflect upon the high standards he espoused, we are reminded of the many benefits we enjoy as associates of the company that proudly bears his name.

We unite in offering our condolences to the Doe family in their time of mourning. We assure you that the honorable legacy that Mr. Doe leaves behind offers both inspiration and challenge to anyone who aspires to emulate this great man. We hope the many reminders that surround you of how he has enriched the lives of all who have had the privilege to be associated with him will soon bring you comfort and relief of sorrow.


Recall the achievements or character of the deceased, or a particularly positive episode in your relations with him or her.

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Offer further condolences or support.

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