Bridging industry loses one of its finest

Bridging industry loses one of its finest



 It is with great sadness that Bridging & Commercial reports the passing away of Laurie Hoffman, expert in bridging finance and former managing director of the Manchester-based lender, Excel Securities.

Laurie passed away peacefully on Sunday, after a long battle with cancer. His funeral was held yesterday.

Industry figures have expressed their sorrow at the news, and were full of praise for their old friend, colleague and member of the Association of Short Term Lenders (astl).

Speaking at yesterday’s Bridging & Commercial Directors’ Lunch, Adrian Bloomfield, chief executive of the astl, and an old friend of Laurie’s, said: “I was very fond of Laurie; he was a dear friend and a man I had known for many years. We spoke most days and I could tell many stories about him that you wouldn’t believe...he was an expert in what he did, a very nice man and he really will be missed.”

Fellow astl executive Alan Margolis added: “When talking to Laurie you knew you were getting honesty without spin, and that was one of the many reasons why he will be missed by me and many others in the sector. It was a genuine privilege to have known and latterly worked with him on the astl executive.”

Eugene Esterkin, managing director of Affirmative Finance, said that he is deeply saddened by his friend’s death: “Laurie was an immense character who did not mince his words,” he commented. “If he thought something, he would say it. Personally I miss his sharp, eloquent wit and cuttingly frank honesty. His passion for life equalled his humour and this did not wane in the face of his illness. He packed more into 60 years than others would in 120. We are all poorer without him both professionally and personally.”

From all of us at Bridging & Commercial we extend our sincerest condolences to Laurie’s family.


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    You will always be missed .

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