Prominent realtor George Heery Jr., 55, was killed by a falling tree in Buckhead during Sunday’s severe storms.

According to the Atlanta Police, officers were dispatched just after 6 p.m. to 319 Delmont Drive, where they located Heery pinned under a large tree. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and later succumbed to his injuries.

Heery, along with his brother Neal, were partners and top producers at Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, which they joined 16 years ago.

Heery’s son, Liam, posted a public message on Facebook along with a photo of his father this morning: “An unspeakable tragedy has occurred last night. My father was and forever will be an incredible man. My family is incredibly grateful for all the support we have received. I love you dad. The world will not be the same without you.”

On Monday afternoon, the Atlanta City Council issued the following statement on Heery’s passing:

“We are deeply saddened to hear about the untimely and tragic loss of George Heery Jr. He made remarkable contributions to our community and left an indelible mark on the real estate industry through his unwavering dedication to his clients. Our thoughts are with his family as they navigate through this profound loss. We are hopeful they will find strength and solace in the cherished memories that they have of George. We send our heartfelt condolences to his beloved wife, Constance, his sons, and Neal, his brother and business partner.”

Heery Jr. died after being struck by a falling tree during the round of violent storms in the area Sunday night. He and his brother, Neal Heery, were the founding partners of Heery Brothers, a prominent real estate firm in metro Atlanta. He was also a founding partner of Atlanta Fine Homes/Sotheby’s International and active in organizations such as the Atlanta Realtors Association and the Garden Hills Civic Association. He was the son of famed architect George Heery Sr., who helped design the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Georgia Dome, and the 999 Peachtree Building, among others.

Thousands remain without power and fallen trees continue to block streets in Midtown and across the metro after high wings and thunderstorms moved across Georgia yesterday.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.