Created on Sunday, 13 January 2013 Written by JOEL E. MAST
For more than half a century, Richard Abraham was a daily presence in downtown Bellefontaine, first in banking and then in realty.
That ended at the first of the year as the 78-year-old businessman closed up the Century 21 RHA Group Realty Inc. offices at 103 N. Main St.
His son, Scott, said his father simply decided he no longer had the drive to continue in business and it was the right time to retire. Scott and his wife, Julie, could have renewed the Century 21 franchise, but they decided it was time to simplify their lives so they could spend more time with their two daughters.
They have joined the Bell Hankins Realty Group LLC which enables them to continue in the real estate business without the added work of managing an agency.
“We’ve always respected Kim (Bell) and Jeremy (Hankins),” Mr. Abraham said. “I’m certain it will be a good partnership.”
Mr. Abraham will continue to keep the 103 N. Main St. office for real estate appraisal, and he expects his father to stay active in the community.
Skip Wiford and Kimi Ramsey, who also worked for RHA, have joined Choice Properties to continue their real estate careers.
Lee Gaines chose to concentrate on his position with the Indian Lake State Parks and is not continuing in the real estate business at this time.
Note: This article appeared in the Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, edition of the Examiner.