Geoff Sweetland 1947 - 2017
Clarendon School Ex Pupil
Those ex pupils of Clarendon School who are familiar with the website may have read the various comments from ex pupil Geoff Sweetland. Geoff sadly died in Australia on 9th February 2017. His funeral was attended by Len Kerswill a long term friend of Geoff and also an ex pupil of Clarendon School. The following was written by Len and contributed to “Our Oxhey” in memory of Geoff.
Geoff Sweetland 5th February 1947 – 9th February 2017
Eventually, Geoff got tired of being paid peanuts and began an apprenticeship as a carpenter on the two tower blocks of flats on the Meriden Estate, in North Watford.
To supplement his income Geoff became a bouncer at the California Ballroom in Dunstable. Dressed in his smart suit, white shirt and bow tie he caught the eye of a certain young lady, Lynda Driver. Going all out to impress her Geoff changed his title from ‘bouncer’ to ‘steward’. His position put him in close contact with all the performing celebrities. These included The Hollies, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, The Kinks to name a few.
In 1970 Geoff joined the Bedfordshire police force and married Lynda..
Later in life Geoff became a supervisor for Alcan installing double glazed windows.He also started his own successful ‘Home Improvement’ business with his wife.
But in 1982 they decided to emigrate to Australia as they wanted a better life for their two two children, Paul and Kelly. They settled near Sydney running several successful businesses
Geoff died in hospital, two years after being diagnosed with a terminal lung disease but he was determined to reach his 70th birthday and this goal he achieved dying four days after.
Geoff was a life long supporter of West Ham United. At his funeral service attended by over 140 friends each was given soap bubbles and was asked to blow as the song ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’ the West Ham anthem was played,
Geoff, Husband, Dad, Grandad, Friend to many. RIP