Geoff Thompson, Class of 1952

Geoffrey Thompson was born in North London in 1935, attending the City of London School in 1946-52. In his tenure at CoLS he was proud to represent the school in the boxing team. After he left with an A-Level in Geography and 7 O-Levels Geoffrey joined Carter Son & White as an Audit Clerk. During his tenure here he studied hard for his accountancy exams, qualifying to become a Chartered Accountant.

Geoffrey spent his National Service in the RAF, at bases as far apart as the South West and up to Scotland. In the RAF he would put his accountancy skills to good use in the Payroll department.

Among his hobbies Geoffrey could count photography, sailing and cycling. He was a keen cyclist, and loved to go away with friends on long jaunts including trips to Wales and the Netherlands. Sailing was a longer lived hobby, and he was keen to pass his love of sailing onto his family, accompanying them on courses, and taking them out on the Thames in ‘Take 5’, a small sailing dinghy.

Geoffrey met his future wife Pamela at the local church youth club and in 1962 they were married, living in Edmonton, North London. In 1971 they moved, now with three children, Joanne, Andrew and Elizabeth, to Epsom, a house that he lived in until his passing.  Sadly, Pamela succumbed to cancer in 1982.

Throughout his career Geoffrey worked for Carlsberg (Company Secretary), Drayton Paperworks (Company Secretary, Managing Director, and Chairman), before finishing a distinguished career as CFO for Hobsons, a uniform manufacturer that had the distinction of making the army regimental standards.  Geoffrey retired in 2000 and was able to spend 20 years cruising and holidaying with his new partner of 21 years Moira. In his retirement he also volunteered as a driver for Age Concern, helping his ‘oldies’ get to hospital appointments.

Geoffrey is survived by his children Joanne, Andrew and Elizabeth, and his grand children Charlotte, Katie, Harry and Ellen.