Richard Kendall, one of Yorkshire’s best known estate agents, has passed away, his family has announced.
Kendall, the founder of his own eponymous estate agency, was one of Wakefield’s best-known personalities.
Described by the Yorkshire Post, a publication that knew him well, as a “shrewd head for business” who was “witty and much loved”, Kendall, started his property career in 1969 at the age of 22 when he got a job as a trainee property sales negotiator at Laidlaws.
By 1980, he was manager of the residential department and went on to become TSB Yorkshire Regional Manager based in Wakefield.
When the 90s recession hit and the TSB pulled out of estate agency, he was redundant and almost bought Goathland Post Office. But he decided to set-up his own estate agency instead.
On 1 October 1991, Richard Kendall Estate Agent opened its first office in Northgate, Wakefield.
Richard Kendall Estate Agent, which is today run by his son Simon and daughter Claire, now operates across six branches, with offices in Wakefield, Pontefract & Castleford, Horbury, Ossett, and Normanton.