TRIBUTES have been paid to a prominent Herefordshire businessman who died suddenly this week.

A well-known figure in the county, estate agent Gerard Flint and Jonathan Cook joined in Partnership in 1996.

The qualified chartered surveyor had previously been responsible for two county branches of Lear & Lear.

Speaking on Wednesday, the team at Flint & Cook said: "It is with extreme sadness that we have to announce the sudden passing of Gerard Flint. Words really can’t express how we feel at this time.

"Gerard was beyond passionate about Flint & Cook, and it was due to his endless enthusiasm and drive that saw us move to our prestigious new offices at No 22 Broad Street.

"He was equally well known in Hereford and Bromyard (where it all began and still flourishes at 37 High Street) as a quiet and considerate man who always offered his clients a valued service.

"As a ‘boss’ he was supportive and thoughtful, with a wicked sense of humour and an infectious giggle.

"He has left a strong, close knit team in which he and his partner, Jonathan, have instilled a strong work ethic and a commitment to continue offering our clients the professional, approachable and friendly service that Flint & Cook are well known for.

"Mandy, Matthew, Harriet, Charlie and all at Flint & Cook thank you all for your kindness at this time."