MORE than 100 people attended the funeral of estate agent partner Peter Taylor last week.
Peter had been at the Taylor Engley estate agents for 33 years and was a well-known figure in the town.
The 76-year-old died on December 20 after a five-year illness.
His well-attended funeral was held at East Dean Church and then Eastbourne Crematorium before a celebration of his life at the Royal Golf Club where he was a member for many years.
Peter leaves his wife Lesley Taylor, two daughters Kate and Louisa and his two step-daughters Erika and Cheryl. He also had two sisters and one brother.
Mrs Taylor said, “He was a gentle and kind man with a great sense of humour. He loved life and he lived a very full life.
“He was keen on his Jaguar cars and he was devoted to his family.
“He was dearly loved by all his family and we shall miss him greatly.”
Mrs Taylor also thanked everyone who attended the funeral last week and to all those who have been in touch with their support.
Graham Engley, partner at the estate agent, also paid tribute. Mr Engley teamed up with Peter in April 1978.
Peter had previously been running the family estate agency business George Taylor and Partners from Meads Street.
It became Taylor Engley and traded from Cornfield Road, Eastbourne, and went from strength to strength.
Soon Taylor Engley were being instructed on some of the finest houses in the area.
Village, rural and country houses were catered for with the opening of their Hailsham branch in 1987.
Mr Engley said, “Peter played a prominent role in the Eastbourne and Hailsham business community and was known for his unfailing sense of humour and amusing anecdotes.
“Peter found that handling business affairs with a sense of humour and taking a real interest in helping people solve their property problems was one of his many strengths.
“Peter’s connections with local solicitors, bankers, accountants, surveyors and other professionals were invaluable in helping the firm’s property transactions run smoothly, and Peter was often found at the various business meetings and cocktail parties that went with the territory.
“In latter years it was clear that Peter really enjoyed coming to work and thrived on the interaction with friends, colleagues and clients and he is sorely missed by those who worked with him in the world of estate agency.”