Geoffrey Metliss (Class of 1947)
1929 - 2020
Geoffrey (CLS 1938-1947) was born in London in 1929, just around the corner from Smithfield Market and within the sound of Bow Bells. He was given a scholarship to the City of London School, and was evacuated with the School to Marlborough, a town that he came to love, and where he was afterwards to live and work for some years. He remained grateful to the School throughout his life for his excellent grasp of the French language, which he spoke fluently and without accent.
Geoffrey was conscripted at the age of 18, and after leaving the army embarked on a career in credit management, specialising in the meat, timber, building and licensed trades. In 1974 he was instrumental in originating the idea of Trade Credit Circles, and lectured on debt and insolvency for many years, principally for The Gower Press and the Chartered Institute of Credit Management, of which he was a Fellow.
He became a Freeman of the City of London, taking Livery of the Worshipful Company of the Art or Mistery of Butchers in 2005.
Geoffrey died peacefully in his sleep on the 9th of February 2020 aged 90. He will be sorely missed.