Thursday, 18 August 2022

Sports fan who spent his entire life in Henley

GEOFF TOZER, who lived in Henley for his entire life, has died, aged 85.

GEOFF TOZER, who lived in Henley for his entire life, has died, aged 85.

He lived in Western Road, until he moved to a care home in Goring earlier this year when his health began to deteriorate.

Mr Tozer was a pupil at Henley Grammar School and did two years’ National Service before working for Suttons Seeds in Reading.

He joined Higgs Group, publisher of the Henley Standard, as advertising manager in 1972 and later moved into print estimating for the company. He retired in 1995.

Mr Tozer had a keen interest in rowing, supporting all the Henley regattas.

He competed in the Thames Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 1952 and 1954.

He was entries secretary for Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta for more than half a century.

He was involved with Henley Rugby Club for many years and was a member of Henley Rowing Club. He was also secretary of the Thames Masonic Lodge from 1999 to 2012. He received a field promotion in Thames Lodge of Mark Master Masons in February this year which immediately promoted him to past provincial grand senior warden.

The award was in recognition of his considerable service to the province in Mark Masonry over many years.

Mr Tozer is survived by his sister-in-law Ellen and nephews and nieces.

He will be sadly missed by his relatives, friends and neighbours.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday (October 28) at Henley Rugby Club at 11.30am.

The service will be followed by a private cremation at Reading Crematorium in Caversham.

Donations can be made to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.

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