Charles Tingey, who founded Fresno commercial real estate firm Colliers International, has died.
Mr. Tingey, 74, had Parkinson’s disease for 14 years. His health was in decline and he died Sunday night, said Bobby Fena, Colliers senior vice president and principal.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Fig Garden Swim and Racquet Club.
Mr. Tingey started a one-man commercial real estate company, Charles Tingey Associates, in 1968 and built it into one of the leading commercial realty firms in the central San Joaquin Valley.
One of the biggest lease transactions Mr. Tingey worked on, with Fena, was the move by Gottschalk’s from downtown Fresno to the first Class A office space built in River Park Corporate Center, now known as Park Place, in the early 1990s.
“It was 90,000 square feet,” Fena said. At that time, “it was the largest office transaction that had ever been done here. A year later, we leased the balance of the building — 65,000 square feet — to the McCormick Barstow law firm.”
While Mr. Tingey had many business accomplishments, he was most proud of the people with whom he interacted, said his stepson, Eric Jans: “His greatest joy was seeing other people he was related to or associated with succeed.”
Check back Tuesday for more about Mr. Tingey, an icon in the Valley’s real estate industry.