One of the city’s most respected commercial property advisers has died just months after his wife.
Chris Edwards, the former chairman of Birmingham-based Phoenix Beard, died at the age of 61 after a short illness, his family announced.
His death follows that of his wife, Cathy Edwards, former chairman of Chivers Commercial, who died in May.
Mr Edwards was managing director of Commercial Property Advisors, a niche commercial property consultancy that he established in 2004, after running Phoenix Beard for ten years.
He was also chairman of the Royal Institution of Commercial Surveyors (RICS) Commercial Market Board and advised both the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Department of Communities and Local Government on a range of commercial property issues.
Away from property, he was the president of the Birmingham and Edgbaston Debating Society, which dates back to 1846 and lists Neville and Joseph Chamberlain among its former presidents.
He was also an enthusiastic golfer, becoming president of Cocks Moors Woods Golf Club in Kings Heath in 2009.
And he was a keen supporter of Rotary International, of which his wife was a member, and former president of Rotary Club of Birmingham Breakfast. Mr Edwards was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his contribution to the voluntary organisation – one of the few non-Rotarians to receive the honour.
His family paid tribute to “a great dad”.
They described him as a loving man who was accomplished in business and respected by his peers.
They said: “We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support and sympathy that we have received.
“His contacts were extensive and he had clearly built up a huge reputation in the world of commercial property – as well as being a huge supporter and advocate of professional bodies and voluntary organisations.”
Mr Edwards was a past-president of the Independent Surveyors and Valuers Association and lectured extensively on current commercial property matters and the RICS code on commercial service charges.
He was also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and a Freeman of the City of London.
Mrs Edwards died in May following a battle with cancer.
Tributes were paid to the mother-of-five, who played a major role in improving Kings Heath’s retail sector.
A private cremation will be followed by a memorial service at St Nicholas Church, in Alcester, Warwickshire, on Monday, July 29, at noon to which all are welcome.