Obituaries

Geoffrey Vardon White BEM

1924 - 2014

Geoff learnt to ring in his late twenties and rang only sporadically throughout his younger life due to work commitments and the demands of a young family, but he became a regular member of the Hemel Hempstead band in later life. He enjoyed ringing the tenor behind to triples or, on occasions to hunt the treble. He was always happy to help with belfry maintenance and made new stays when learners tried to pull the bell out of the tower. On one occasion a particularly enthusiastic learner kept Dad so busy that the supply of Ash ran out – so, undaunted, he used the best pieces from a couple of broken stays and laminated the sections together so that the band visiting the following day would not be inconvenienced. The stay lasted on the 4th for several years.

He introduced me, along with my friend Su to ringing, and now we are both married to ringers and three of his English grandchildren ring to a greater or lesser extent. Although his ringing career was not ambitious he was very proud of the fact that he could join in with a hobby that spanned the generations and that he could share ringing conversations with Pete his son-in-law, his grand children and me.

He was always very interested in hearing about ringing achievements and latterly, when frailty prevented him from climbing the tower and he was unable to hold much of a conversation, he loved to hear about quarter peals, outings and the quirks of individual towers. During the last months of his life he lived in a care home near Hook in Hampshire, and it was his great pleasure to be wheeled across the road to listen to the bells and would comment to his carer about the ringing. I know that he would have commented very favourably on the half-muffled ringing before and after the funeral service held at St Nicholas Newnham on 31st January.

I would like to thank our friends who rang for the funeral, and the bands from St Michael’s Basingstoke, St Mary’s Hemel Hempstead and All Saints Northampton who rang quarter peals with members of the family in memory of my Dad.

LYNNE JORDAN

Basingstoke, Hants. (S Michael) 26 Jan, 1260 Single Oxford B Triples: Alison Smith 1, Peter Rowe 2, Helen Green 3, Lynne Jordan 4, Ian Rees 5, Jon Soar 6, Pete Jordan (C) 7, Roderick Boucher 8. Rung to celebrate the life of Geoffrey Vardon White, father of 4.

Hemel Hempstead, Herts. 2 Feb, 1273 Grandsire Triples: Nicky Smith 1, Peter Ellis 2, Greg Jordan 3, Lynne Jordan 4, Matthew Jordan 5, Pete Jordan (C) 6, Brian Crawley 7, Stephen Crawley 8. Rung in memory of Geoffrey Vardon White BEM, 1924 - 2004.

Northampton. (All Saints) 2 Feb, 1296 Little B Royal: Greg Jordan 1, Jennie Higson (C) 2, Bridget Paul 3, John Lindsay 4, Colin Brown 5, Giles Willson 6, Robin Hickmott 7, Kevin Browne 8, Brett Masters 9, Graham Paul 10. Rung to celebrate the life of Geoffrey Vardon White BEM, grandfather of 1, whose funeral was on 31 January 2014. 100th Q: 1.

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