Geoffrey (Geoff) Brooks, an Old Bostonian, died after a long illness on October 30st, 2017, aged 89. Geoff attended Boston Grammar School from 1935 to 1944, and joined Post Office Telephones as an apprentice engineer. He proved a capable student and rose rapidly through the ranks, moving into management and retiring in 1988 as Director for Strategy in British Telecom.
As a young man in Boston, Geoff was an active Liberal councillor and earned respect for helping stamp out fraud in the Town Council of the time. The skills he developed in this served him well in his later career as a tough but respected management negotiator with the Telecom unions.
Geoff was an invited speaker at an Old Bostonian meeting a few years ago. Over the years he spent his spare time as a lay preacher, a bee-keeper, running a small nursery business for garden plants, and caring for a small herd of cattle, continuing to preach into his eighties.
He wrote numerous children’s stories, poems and a few hymns for his children and grandchildren and was a much loved Head of the family.
Words – Tim Brooks