William Polk Carey, founder of investment management firm W.P. Carey & Co., died on Jan. 2 at age 81, the company announced.

Carey, a direct descendant of President James K. Polk, was well known in the financial advisor community. “Bill was just a great, great guy, and all who invested with him were exceedingly happy,” said Mark Dick, managing director and investment officer at Wells Fargo Advisors in Rochester, N.Y.  Carey was “someone you’d feel really comfortable with handling your clients’ money,” he said, adding that his own clients and family members also invested with Carey.

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