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#81 JWB

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 1427 PM

This came as a real shock to me. Geoff stayed with us for a few days when we were living in Belgium. He was highly entertaining, charming and gentlemanly and loved cats and dogs. He will be sorely missed.

Came as a real shock to me also. Didn't even know he was ill before saturday. Other than that I don't know any words......
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#82 Dame Karmen

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 1440 PM

Your captured and named Pixie Witch always misses and will always remember you Wizard.
SUNYAPS, yes we created many and they are a comfort to PW. Rest now Wizard,
you're free of uncomfortable conformity and can just BE WIZARD now as you always
wished to be. Your Wizardry has left a lot of good and that won't stop.

PW XX
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#83 Dave Clark

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 1503 PM

RIP Geoff

"His was a life that shone too bright for tears"
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#84 LT Ducky

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 1536 PM

I was wavering about attending the Norfolk I&I; he called me to make sure I was going.

Had he not called I would never have met him.

R.I.P. Geoff
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Posted 06 December 2010 - 1543 PM

Just Saw this.

Farewell to an esteemed member of more than just an internet forum.

I will drink a toast tonight.
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Posted 06 December 2010 - 1726 PM

Terrible news...

Condolences to the family and friends.
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Posted 06 December 2010 - 1920 PM

RIP Geoff

I hope you and King are having a great I&I together.
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Posted 06 December 2010 - 1928 PM

RIP Geoff

I hope you and King are having a great I&I together.


If I know the two of them, they are planning a tour of some of the best battles, where from above you can press play, fast forward, and reverse... as well as pause... to truly get a flavour of the event. They will be debating market garden, with a live action feed, they will prepare a full briefing on the logistics of Hannibal's attach on Rome, and I can see them hovering over the development of the Sherman, frustrated that their combined yells for a 17 pounder goes un-heard.

Yes, we should all be in store for a great Heavenly &I, we have sent forth the best Recce party there is.

RIP old friend

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 1937 PM

Absolutely terrible news.

Rest in Peace, Geoff.
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Posted 06 December 2010 - 1953 PM

So which thread do we re-name for Geoff? He certainly loved those daft little Universal Carriers, and I guess they are technically "AFVs". . .

What a kick in the nuts.
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#91 Corinthian

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 1956 PM

For a couple of days before I was informed I strongly felt his
presence a few times. <snip> This "connection" is one of the things
that caused Geoff to name me his Pixie Witch from early on. Sensing and knowing things by osmosis or something.


Last Saturday while hiking along the lahar canyon, I could not help "feeling" that both King and Geoff were looking after me, making sure I don't get meself killed by sheer stupidity.
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Posted 06 December 2010 - 1959 PM

Yes, we should all be in store for a great Heavenly &I, we have sent forth the best Recce party there is.

RIP old friend


This made me smile. Thanks.
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#93 Sally Ann

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 2045 PM

The pictures with his smiling face say so much, Geoff had so much love for you gentlemen and everything military, it was a passion that burned so strong in him.

His favorite music
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6H1AjTRU3A

To you Geoff, at peace at last dear Man.

Going Home
Going home, going home
I'm just going home
Quiet light, some still day
I'm just going home
It's not far, just close by
Through an open door
Work all done, care laid by
Going to fear no more
Mother's there expecting me
Father's waiting, too
Lots of folk gathered there
All the friends I knew
All the friends I knew
I'm going home
Nothing's lost, all's gain
No more fret nor pain
No more stumbling on the way
No more longing for the day
Going to roam no more
Morning star lights the way
Restless dream all done
Shadows gone, break of day
Real life begun
There's no break, there's no end
Just a living on
Wide awake with a smile
Going on and on
Going home, going home
I'm just going home
It's not far, just close by
Through an open door
I am going home
I'm just going home
Going home, going home
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#94 Hittite Under The Bridge

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 2105 PM

I was wavering about attending the Norfolk I&I; he called me to make sure I was going.

Had he not called I would never have met him.

R.I.P. Geoff


Ducky, that's what struck me most about Geoff, the camaraderie he fostered. He absolutely loved talking and meeting with like-minded folks, not just at TN, but at his site and others. If Geoff liked you, you had a friend for life.





So which thread do we re-name for Geoff?


I guess if I could make a suggestion, it would be any I&I thread. As I said above, Geoff was the driving force behind many of us meeting. Any time two tanknetters get together, there should be a place set for him and a toast said to his memory.

Time's not healing this wound.
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Posted 06 December 2010 - 2107 PM

What a kick in the nuts.


This.

Going to wear my poppies that he sent me last year until the memorial service. It's the best this civvie can do for someone whose posts often reminded me of my crazy uncle. -_-
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#96 Kenneth P. Katz

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 2305 PM

RIP
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Posted 07 December 2010 - 0010 AM

Cards of condolence can be sent to

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 0331 AM

So which thread do we re-name for Geoff? He certainly loved those daft little Universal Carriers, and I guess they are technically "AFVs". . .

What a kick in the nuts.



My vote goes to the AFV forum, after all he was behind tanknet from the get go and this is related to AFVs above all.
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Posted 07 December 2010 - 0340 AM

I guess if I could make a suggestion, it would be any I&I thread. As I said above, Geoff was the driving force behind many of us meeting. Any time two tanknetters get together, there should be a place set for him and a toast said to his memory.


I wouldn't mind at all if somebody with admin powers renamed the current I&I thread accordingly. Dave Clark had included a visit to the British Cemetery of Berlin in the programme specifically because Geoff once relayed an interest in the grave of one certain Canadian buried there, which Dave went out to take pictures of. We met yesterday to check out hotels and agreed immediately that we would keep that point not despite, but because Geoff being gone to honor his memory.
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Posted 07 December 2010 - 0734 AM

He rarely called me, but he did in mid-November. I was driving at night at the time, didn't recognize the number, so I allowed the phone to take a message. When I got home and listened to the message, it was Geoff asking me to remind everybody that he was moving and temporarily out of communication (to include his computer). I didn't call back, but did comply with his wishes to relay his message. I guess that, if I had called back, it would have been the last time we ever talked. But, at the time, it was a fairly mundane and simple matter that I felt needed no follow-up call-back. I'm thinking twice about that now . . . maybe I should have called back.

Edited by Rocky Davis, 07 December 2010 - 0734 AM.

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