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Capt Geoffrey Winnington-Ball CD (ret) passed away today at 1700 hrs EST after a battle with pneumonia and kidney failure. Geoff left this world surrounded by his family and in a peaceful sleep. As per Geoff's wishes he will be cremated. The family will hold a memorial service this coming weekend, details to follow. Contact Information will be added to this post to allow people to find out where to send cards and condolences.

 

Geoff was a founding member of this site and his own site MLU. His legacy was to foster camaraderie and esprit de corps amongst soldiers both serving and retired and their supporters around the world. Geoff loved his internet family and they it would appear loved him. There are Universal carriers around the world morning the passage of this warrior, who he would tell you was born a generation too late.

 

Cards of condolence can be sent to

 

Shawn Winnington-Ball

177 Park Street Apt. A

Waterloo Ontario

N2L 1Y7 CANADA

Geoff at CFB Downsview Air Show 2010

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Geoff and the Lancaster that we saw on static display at the Canadian I&I, he was hoping to see her fly again, well he will have a better seat than I will have

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Here you will find Geoff and King Sargent enjoying the Norfolk I&I, and I am sure King is with Geoff now squaring the good Capt away on his next tour of duty.

 

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Sherman Lovers Club, respecting a Panther... Geoff Loved this

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And of course with a Sherman

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You can rest now soldier, your duties done. RIP

 

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My condolences to his family and friends. I don't know anyone on this site short of their posts, but via just this medium he brought a great deal. He'll be missed.

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:o

 

I am very very sad. I remember he and Sally called one night on my mobile while I was on night duty at the office. Back when I felt shitty. It was a short talk, but it was good to hear fellow Tanknetters' voices on the other line. And here I was hoping to meet Geoff if I visit Canada in the future. :(

 

 

Though some go curving down the trail

To seek a warmer scene.

No trooper ever gets to Hell

Ere he's emptied his canteen.

And so rides back to drink again

With friends at Fiddlers' Green.

 

 

God speed, sir. Give our regards to King.

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I was thinking and praying for him on my run this afternoon... at the time he passed on.

 

Truly great man that I've known via TankNet for a decade. Helped me out last year getting me a bunch of Canadian poppies to wear for this Remembrance Day, and I had a thank you card on my desk that I was going to send off this week. Le sigh. :(

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"Beyond the loom of the last known star, through open darkness hurled,

Further than rebel comet dared or hiving star swarm swirled,

Sits he with those that praise our God for that they served His world."

Rudyard Kipling

 

RIP, Geoff

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