Great sad­ness at death of Whitby es­tate agent

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

YORK­SHIRE’S prop­erty com­mu­nity has been sad­dened by the sud­den death of well-known Whitby es­tate agent Ed­ward Astin.

Known as Ed­die to his friends and fam­ily, he was found at his home at Spital Bridge on Sun­day. An in­quest has been opened into his death, which is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

He had many friends and col­leagues but those who didn’t know him per­son­ally will be fa­mil­iar with his epony­mous agency, Ed­ward G. Astin and As­so­ciates, whose Astin’s For Sale boards dom­i­nate York­shire’s most fash­ion­able coastal town.

A hard-work­ing per­fec­tion­ist, Ed­ward, 59, started his busi­ness from scratch in 1992 and grew it into a hugely suc­cess­ful com­pany that di­ver­si­fied into ev­ery­thing from let­tings and hol­i­day lets to de­vel­op­ment and plan­ning con­sul­ta­tion. There is no doubt that he made a great con­tri­bu­tion to Whitby’s re­mark­able re­nais­sance.

Al­though the fa­ther-of-three be­came one of the town’s great char­ac­ters with an in-depth knowl­edge of the area, he hailed from West York­shire and ar­rived in Whitby in 1980 soon af­ter qual­i­fy­ing as a char­tered sur­veyor. He worked for GA Suffield and Co. be­fore set­ting up his own agency.

He grew to love Whitby and said: “I have never looked back, such is the na­ture of the town, its peo­ple and its her­itage. Ev­ery­one who has been in­volved in help­ing me to achieve our sta­tus in the town should be jus­ti­fi­ably proud of their con­tri­bu­tion in mak­ing Astin’s ‘The Name that says Prop­erty in Whitby’.”

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