A popular estate agency is set to close after well over half a century in business.
T Patterson Stewart Auctioneers and Estate Agency on Omagh High Street was first opened in nearby Georges Street in 1967 by Patterson Stewart, before moving to the current larger premises.
The Ulster Herald reports that Stewart died last month, and that his wife Rene and daughter Alison Humphreys are now closing the business.
On the website Alison pays tribute to her father saying: “He was always interested in farming and the farming community, which led to him getting a lot of business with land letting and property sales in Fermanagh, Tyrone and Londonderry.
“At heart he was a farmer, very family-orientated, and his wife and three daughters were involved in helping with the farm.
“His other interests lay with Omagh Cancer Research, where he was a member for over 30 years. He enjoyed running charity auctions for the church and other charity organisations.”
She adds: “He loved his work and had no intentions of retiring. When sudden illness struck in February he was forced to retire and he regretted not finishing his last two sales in Fivemiletown mart.”