Neil Bowler of specialist leisure consultancy Jenics passed away suddenly on Monday aged 52, while taking part in a 220-mile bike ride from London to Manchester.
Bowler was a keen cyclist, and had been participating in the Jenics-sponsored Great Hotel Bike Ride from London St Pancras to Hilton Deansgate, raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. He is believed to have had a heart attack towards the end of the first day of the two-day ride.
Throughout his 30-year career in property Bowler was a specialist in hotels and leisure, advising on hotel developments, acquisitions, pubs, restaurants, and sites for sheltered, care and open market homes.
He studied at Liverpool John Moores University, before working across Liverpool and Manchester at Hillier Parker, Mason Owen, and King Sturge.
Bowler joined Manchester-based Jenics in 2000, shortly after the company was founded by fellow director Jeremy Collins. Clients included Travelodge and Greene King.
A statement from Jenics said: “Many successful operators and developers benefited from Neil’s insight, advice and personal approach. Those that knew him will testify he was the archetypal ‘hail fellow well met’, gregarious and simply one who exuded passion, energy and confidence in everything he did.”
Outside of the office, as well as being a committed endurance cyclist, Bowler was also an Iron Man competitor. Around 25 property professionals rode alongside Bowler in the Great Hotel Bike Ride every year; they had previously raised £25,000 for charity, and this year set a target of £10,000.
Bowler is survived by Rachel and their daughters, aged 13 and 11.