Remembering Geoff Tanton
Geoff was originally from Uxbridge, but finally settled in Havant working for the electricity board. He lived in Orchard Road with his wife Patricia which seemed singularly appropriate for a gardener.
On his retirement from the electricity board, Geoff really got into gardening in a big way. As well as his own garden, he also had an allotment and undertook gardening tasks for one or two others. He was also well known for his home made marmalade and tomato growing.
Geoff became an active member of the Havant & District Horticultural Society and had a “leadership role” in the trading store (now closed), when business was such that “staff” was required he would step in and help. He was also a committee member of the society taking the minutes at meetings and also organising our speakers for many years.
Chairman Liam Hutchings paid tribute to geoff at the January members meeting saying that;
“in his capacity as Show Manager, It never ceased to amazed me at how Geoff became engrossed in the running of the Summer Show, even prior to the event, he would be constantly updating the schedule and seeking out judges and stewards.
He would arrive on his bicycle at the hall early and stay until late; directing the setting up of tables, arranging the trophies on the stage, checking that helpers had their instructions, and keeping on top of the paper work and recording the decisions of the judges.
He was always courteous and considerate to all, even under stress, he would make sure that the RHS rules were followed correctly, these shows always did the Society proud!”
He will be sadly missed.