A Birmingham estate agent has died on his 92nd birthday after decades of running one of the Midlands' best-known firms.

Robert Oulsnam, who founded Robert Oulsnam & Co in 1971, passed away peacefully on November 7 and is survived by a son and daughter and his second wife Pat.

His business became a prominent estate agency with offices in Barnt Green, Rubery, Bearwood, Northfield, Moseley, Kings Heath, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Droitwitch.

Mr Oulsnam, who was born in Barnt Green and lived in the area all his life, was also one of three founding members of Bromford Housing Association which has gone on to be one of the biggest housing associations in the country.

He was a former national and international president of 41 Club, a social networking organisation for men aged over 40 who are also former members of Round Table, and as a result he had many friends around the world.

Mr Oulsnam was also a past chairman of city of Birmingham 41 Club, of which his son Andrew is the present chairman.

"He was a great man," his son said. "He had a very shrewd business mind and he was generous and kind. He had a loving family and had a very varied life and got to see an awful lot of life.

"After the war he joined Donald Dixon as an estate agent and helped grow that company and Dixons went on to become the business we know today.

"He was always very keen on music."

In his early life, Mr Oulsnam had a dance and jazz band - Robert Oulsnam And His Orchestra - in which he played the xylophone. The band played in Birmingham Town Hall among other venues.

Staff sergeant Oulsnam served in the Second World War in the Royal Army Medical Core and as a nurse he was sent to northern France shortly after the D-Day landings to treat civilians.

Mr Oulsnam was also in the Entertainment National Service Association when he organised concerts in India and was also active in the Army benevolent fund.

He was heavily involved with the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham of which he was chairman of the board for a time.

He served on Bromsgrove District Council for 14 years and spent time as chair.

Mr Oulsnam was also a trustee of the Michael Blanning Trust, which builds accommodation for the elderly.

A private cremation has been arranged for close family. A memorial service will be held on December 4 at St Laurence Church, School Lane, Alvechurch, B48 7SB at 12 noon. All welcome.