Estate agent found dead

Edward Astin, pictured last year 112812b  picture Richard Ponter.
Edward Astin, pictured last year 112812b picture Richard Ponter.
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A Scarborough estate agent has paid tribute to a prominent Whitby businessman who died at the weekend.

North Yorkshire Police were called to an address at Spital Bridge, in Whitby at 1.25pm yesterday, following reports of a sudden death.

Although police are not yet in a position to release the man’s identity, he has been named locally as Edward Astin, director of the Flowergate estate and lettings agency.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “On arrival officers found the body of a 59-year-old local man, who was sadly pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and no one else is being sought in connection with the incident.

“A file will be prepared on behalf of the coroner.”

Paying tribute to Mr Astin, Colin Ellis, founder of Colin Ellis Estate Agents based in Aberdeen Walk, Scarborough, said: “I have known Eddie for 25 years and you could not meet a more hospitable sort of person.

“He was a great character, and a great friend.

“There are not many great characters around but he was one of them. He was a true gent.

“I only heard of his death this morning. It is such a shame and I feel very sorry.”

Edward Astin, managing director of Astin’s, had been in the property business since leaving University back in 1974 and moved to Whitby as a Chartered Surveyor to join G. A. Suffield & Co in 1980.

Astin’s was founded in 1992, and went on to expand into all aspects of residential and commercial sales, lettings, management, valuation and surveying.