Desert Pride Realty owner Fred Beimly, who was killed by a car on Elliot Road in Ahwatukee Foothills Oct. 25, was a rare skeptic when it came to the housing bubble a couple of years ago, according to business associate Johnye Nardin.
"Fred actually told people not to buy during that time because they were going to lose their shirts later on, and that turned out to be true," Nardin said.
Beimly, 68, died Oct. 25 when he was hit by a car as he crossed mid-block on Elliot Road west of 48th Street, according to Phoenix police. The accident happened at 9:15 p.m. when Beimly was walking north across Elliot Road and was struck by a westbound black 2005 Infiniti. The driver was not judged to be impaired and apparently was not speeding, so he received no citation, police said.
Nardin, who worked for Beimly for a couple of years before going into business for herself, described him as an avid walker who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease earlier this year.
"He was a really nice man. He was really sweet and honest and he took his real estate very seriously," she said. "He still lived on his own. He did go on walks constantly. He was in pretty good physical shape for his age."
Longtime friend and neighbor Barbara McKenzie, who had known Beimly since he moved to Ahwatukee Foothills in 1985, said his cremated remains will be given to one of his two brothers in Ohio and Florida. Beimly had been a good friend of her late husband, McKenzie said.
"Very quiet, nice, always wanted to make people feel good and laugh. He was awfully good to my grandchildren," she said.
Jan Killebrew, another longtime friend, said Beimly was someone who loved to socialize and make friends. She said he was a past president of the Arizona Outdoor and Travel Club, had a private pilot's license and was a great handyman, who was always prepared to help out.
"All you had to do was ask," Killebrew said.