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Geoff White

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Joseph Geoffrey White

A much loved, leaking, old gaffer sailed into the sunset from Cowes on 9 November. The lifeboats were not required!
Born in Gurnard, Cowes, Isle of Wight in 1915 Geoff always loved the sea and retired to his family home in 1980.
He qualified as an accountant and worked, initially, in Southampton. At the end of World War 2, after service with the Royal Indian Navy, he found work in Stratford-upon-Avon, There he met and married Helen, the daughter of the vicar.
Although his work kept him as far from the sea as you can get in the UK, he retained strong ties to the Isle of Wight. Helen was also a leading member of the ladies lifeboat guild in Stratford for many years.
Geoff soon introduced his sons, Nick and John, to sailing in the Midlands and at Gurnard. From 1972 they shared various boats including, most recently, Bolero, a Swan 47. In his mid to late 80s he continued to enjoy sailing, in the Solent, Round the Island and around the Channel Islands.
He lost Helen in 1996. By then the extended family included daughters-in-law Maz and Bonne, and 5 grandchildren, Edward,Thomas, Hannah, Jess and Suzi. He took great pride in all their activities and their frequent visits to Gurnard.
He died peacefully at his care home and is much missed by family and friends.

Added by: John White on 13 November 2009.

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