'Flamboyant' estate agent, 61, found dead

PUBLISHED: 17:06 08 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:27 10 June 2010

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8: A well-known Exeter estate agent who opened a branch of his business in Exmouth was found dead at his home last week. Police found Gerald Probert's body in the living room of his Whitestone home last Wednesday afternoon. An inquest has now been opened

A well-known Exeter estate agent - who opened a branch of his business in Exmouth - was found dead at his home last week.Police found Gerald Probert's body in the living room of his Whitestone home last Wednesday afternoon. An inquest has now been opened into the 61-year-old's death, which police have not treated as suspicious.The father-of-two, who built a chain of a dozen offices in the 1980s and 1990s, including an Exmouth branch, had seen his firm Probert's sent into receivership last month. A recent employment tribunal ordered Mr Probert to pay damages to a female employee who said she was driven out of her job by his sexist remarks.Former colleague Roger Wilkinson spoke this week, describing Mr Probert as one of the city's "most flamboyant" businessmen in his heyday, who had trained many successful estate agents.

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