Stuart Walker, leading estate agent, dies at 67
The death occurred of Stuart Walker, one of Dublin’s leading estate agents. A senior commercial officer with the firm of Vincent Finnegan, Mr Walker (67) has led some of the largest residential and commercial property transactions in Dublin and the greater Dublin area in a career that spanned several decades.
Widely known and highly regarded in the real estate industry, his professional background has spanned the capital’s most desirable suburbs and completed both multi-million dollar sales and purchases of high-end homes and commercial land transactions. .
A graduate of Sandford Park School in Ranelagh in 1971 and DIT Bolton Street in 1978, Mr Walker began his career with OKM. After setting up the Holmes estate agency in the 1980s, he was appointed director of Ganly Walters in 1995. The final stage of his career brought him to Vincent Finnegan’s agency in 2013.
Outside of his professional life, Mr Walker was a gifted and accomplished sportsman, winning honors for Leinster and Irish hockey at club level and 33 international caps. He was a longtime member of the YMCA hockey club.
Vinnie Finnegan, managing director of Vincent Finnegan, paid tribute to Mr Walker saying: “Stuart embodied what a senior property negotiator should be. He brought style and panache, combined with a wealth of experience, to work with him every day. He was generous, patient and an incredible negotiator acting on behalf of his clients.
“Perhaps it was his sporting career, representing Ireland in hockey, that gave him a competitive edge in a real estate career that spanned decades. I know we will continue to hear his voice lend advice. and advice in almost any situation. He was one of the finest gentlemen and agents I have had the privilege of working with. He will be sorely missed by all of his friends here at Vincent Finnegan.
Mr Walker passed away peacefully on Friday March 18, in the care of his family and staff at Our Lady of Harold’s Cross Hospice. He is survived by his wife, Penny, their four children, Sarah, Andrew, Darryl and Amanda, his stepdaughter Jackie, his grandchildren Emilie, Alexander and Archie, and his brothers Glyn, Norman and Howard.
His funeral service will be on Wednesday March 23 at 12 noon at Christ Church, Taney, Dublin 14, followed by a funeral service at 1.45pm in the Victorian Chapel of Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W.