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I will most likely create a new forum with READ only access and post Geoff's and King's threads... and unfortunatly anyone else who dies in the family will get thier thread posted. It will not get pruned

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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