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Geoff Wheeler

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Report from Mike E (son-in-law):

Geoff passed away peacefully on Saturday 23 January 2021 at the Firstlings Care Home in Heybridge. He celebrated his 90th birthday in December.

Geoff had a great life and enjoyed his long retirement, particularly the VGS Golf Society. On behalf of his family I wish to thank the members for those good times and memories and long may they continue for you all as best they can particularly during this dreadful time.




George R

Geoff and I worked a lot together over the years. He was always very positive and supportive and a good friend at the time.

Last time I saw him was on the Chelmsford park-and-ride bus from Baddow. We had lost touch quite a few year before and I often wondered what had become of him. In the day he professed to liking my homemade wine when we dined together with our wives. Perhaps he was, as always, just being diplomatic.

Sadly another piece of the old jigsaw moves on.


Alan M

I am very sorry to hear this sad news.

For many years Geoff, Fred Kime and I went to the Chelmsford Engineering Society meetings at the University where we tried to gain some knowledge of the latest progress in computing, alternative energy sources, automotive design and many other subjects related to Science and Technology.

This was usually followed with a good discussion in the car on the way home from Chelmsford or Basildon on current mechanical or electrical matters.

Geoff had taken up fishing when he retired, but soon joined our VGS group to play golf which he played with great style and not a little skill.

Fred left us sadly some years ago and Geoff had to stop playing golf fairly recently due to ill health and we in VGS will sorely miss his good company, humour and advice on our comparatively poor swings.

It was a great pleasure to have known Geoff as a real friend after we had both retired from Marconi.

RIP Geoff


Peter B

As well as golf, Geoff was very keen on classical music. We used to go together to concerts in Chelmsford at Christ Church and the Cathedral. He liked traditional classical music ‘with a good tune you could hum’. He was not one for the more modern classics.

He also grew tomatoes in his greenhouse (man cave) each year, not sure the variety, but they were small ones ‘you can treat them as sweets & just pop them whole into your mouth’.

Yes, very sad, he was a great guy.


Cyril F

So sad to hear about Geoff. I worked with him for many years and our two families were friends, again for many years. Geoff was truly a 'great man' and it was an honour and a privilege to know him.


Brian C

Thank you Barry and others for the kind words about a fully-rounded guy. He would appeal to many through his eclectic interests. He was a great squash and golf enthusiast. We met up in Washington whilst he was back with his favoured comms background and VOA. Sad that he faded so tragically…RIP


James F

Very sorry to hear the sad news of Geoff passing. Our thoughts are with Shirley and the family.


Brian H

Very sad news about Geoff. He was a good and entertaining golf friend and the memory of him will live on.

My condolences to Shirley, Mike and the family.


Barry F

Geoff and I never worked together although I knew him from Writtle Road and our paths almost crossed in Iran when I was in Mashhad and Shahrabad and he was in Tehran. I really got to know Geoff well when he joined our golf group. He was a very consistent player and a patient teacher. We spent many times together on the practice ground where he tried to correct my awful swing, unfortunately without much success. 

He was very good company on our MOGS walks. Wherever we went he used to read up on where we were going, the history of the area and any places of historical interest. He was a mine of information on so many topics and always an active contributor to the numerous debates we had in the club house after golf. He was also the first player to win the first VGS golf trophy: the M & B Shield. 

Geoff was well liked and will be greatly missed. 


David F

It was such bad news hearing about Geoff's passing recently. I remember that Geoff was previously an avid angler but had been persuaded (with others) to join the old retiree Marconi Golf Group. He always had a nice swing and would give one tips on how to improve one's own - but maybe that information did not rub off. He always bought the red wine for the Christmas Dinner as it was his birthday at about that time - and so for that he will be also missed! He liked to grumble, especially about his wrists, I think, and, for that reason, for the last few years he always teed the ball up wherever it had come to rest on the ground - no matter where!

He will be sadly missed.


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