One of retail property’s most popular agents died suddenly yesterday at the age of 44

Bill Edgerley, managing partner at out of town retail firm Edgerley Simpson Howe, died of a heart attack on Monday morning.

Nick Howe, partner at Edgerley Simpson Howe, said: ‘Bill was a hugely charismatic and popular guy respected and loved by all who met him. He was a family man who lived life to the full. He will be sorely missed by all and our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with his wife Wendy and their four children.’

Edgerley began his career at St Martin’s Property Corporation between 1983 and 1985 when he left to join Gooch & Wagstaff.

In 1988 he joined Lane Fox and in 1993 bought out Lane Fox’s West End office with Tony Rogers, James Simpson and Tony Rowbotham and set up Edgerley Simpson and Partners. Nick Howe joined as a partner from DTZ in 1994. The firm celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2003.

Edgerley was one of the most successful out of town investment agents and was well liked amongst agents and clients alike.

Edgerley is survived by his wife and four young children.