THE Property Management Company (PMC) has announced its executive chairman, Martin Rochfort, has died, aged 59.
Mr Rochfort, who acquired the North-east company in 2002, sadly passed away at home on Friday, July 10, after a brief stay in hospital.
He lived with his wife, Kathryn, near Inverurie and is also survived by their two sons, Timothy and Simon.
Born in Kenya, Mr Rochfort moved to the North-east of Scotland in the 1970s where he later began a career in the property industry.
He was the current director for Scotland for the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM), an organisation dedicated to improving the education and qualifications of people working in our industry, as well as a member of its board of governors.
He was also a board member of the Property Managers Association Scotland (PMAS), where he previously served as President; a role which saw him heavily involved with the principal stakeholders in the development of the Property Factors (Scotland) Act.
Martin was a keen sailor and enjoyed travel, fine food and time with his family.
PMC, which will now be led by managing director, Neale Bisset, and finance director, Annette Hudson, paid tribute to their former colleague.
Mr Bisset said: “Everyone at PMC is deeply saddened by the news and our thoughts are with Martin’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
He added: “Martin had a huge impact on everyone he met. Having joined the company in 2010, I’m extremely grateful for the support and mentoring that he gave me throughout my career with the firm.”
Mrs Hudson said: “Martin’s passion for his work and for the wider property industry were clear for all to see. He played a vital role in the growth and development of PMC over nearly 20 years and always had time for everyone in the office and valued their opinion.
“He has gone far too soon, and he will leave a huge gap in the whole industry going forward.”