Trib­utes to char­ity hero Ge­off

Black Country Bugle - - NEWS - By GAVIN JONES

GE­OFF Hill, well­known and much-loved lo­cal busi­ness­man and fundraiser, has died at the age of 91.

Ge­off made his name with the Am­ble­cote electrical store which still bears his name, but ded­i­cated at least half his life to his char­ity work. He has raised mil­lions of pounds with his per­sis­tent ef­forts, which were recog­nised in 2004 with the award of an MBE.

In 2009 he won a pub­lic vote to be awarded the first Mayor’s Award at Dud­ley Coun­cil’s an­nual civic awards evening.

Coun­cil­lor Alan Tay­lor, Mayor of Dud­ley, said:

“Ge­off Hill raised mil­lions of pounds for char­ity and was an ex­tremely well known and well liked char­ac­ter in our com­mu­nity.

“He will be sadly missed by ev­ery­one and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this sad time.”

Coun­cil­lor Judy Fos­ter, deputy leader of the coun­cil, said:

Sad­dened

“All of us at Dud­ley Coun­cil are sad­dened to hear of Ge­off’s pass­ing and would like to send our sin­cere con­do­lences to his fam­ily and friends.

“Ge­off was an up­stand­ing mem­ber of our com­mu­nity who’s ded­i­cated much of his adult life to rais­ing mil­lions of pounds for wor­thy causes. His gen­eros­ity and en­thu­si­asm to help peo­ple is an in­spi­ra­tion to us all and he will be sadly missed.”

Ge­off is sur­vived by wife Sue and three chil­dren – Louise, Teresa and Nigel, and five grand­chil­dren. He is also sur­vived by his brother Rob.

His funeral was held at Holy Trin­ity Church in Word­s­ley on Tues­day Novem­ber 20.

Ge­off Hill in 2009 with the first Mayor’s Award

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