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Co-Founder of CF Real Estate Services Dies in Plane Crash

Digested from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Bisnow

The plane carrying Byron Cocke and his wife Catherine Cocke’s crashed near Savannah, Ga.

Byron Cocke, 42, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Atlanta-based CF Real Estate Services, and his wife, Catherine Cocke, 39, died last Monday in a plane crash in Bryan County, Ga. The couple left five children behind. The pilot, Randy Hunter, also perished in the crash, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Ben Brasch.

In 2013, Cocke and Co-Founder and Co-CEO Brett Finkelstein merged Cocke Finkelstein, with Atlanta-based Lane Company, according to the company website.

“We are devastated by this tragic loss. They were philanthropic, creative, intelligent, caring and entrepreneurial,” Co-Founder Brett Finkelstein told Bisnow in an email. “Working with Byron was a joy. He personified love of family, love of company and love for co-workers. He was laid back — yet motivated us to be the best we could possibly be and to treat the company as if it were our own.”

Though CF was based in Atlanta, Byron and Catherine Cocke lived in the Savannah, Ga., area fulltime. Catherine was owner and designer of Atlanta-based Catherine Cocke Interiors and was featured on a 2011 episode of HGTV’s “My Big Amazing Renovation,” according to Brasch.
Bisnow’s Jarred Schenke reports that in April, CF Real Estate Services principal Tim Solomon was killed in a bicycle accident.

“I will continue to lead this solid and growing organization,” Finkelstein told Bisnow. “I’m confident in our senior team and their leadership, and we are working together to ensure continuity.”

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