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Vale Geoff Dawson

6 February 2019

A combined tribute from  Alistair Murray and Bryan Hill

Geoff, born in 1930, succumbed to prostate cancer after a long battle with it.

He was an only child and grew up in Murumbeena. After attending  Scotch College, he joined the National Australia Bank. He married Judith in 1958 and three children arrived, Glenn, Warwick and Vanessa. Seven grandchildren were the apple of his eye and he was a very supportive and proud Poppa. He became a manager, but left the bank after 25 years and bought a school  book and stationary business that he ran with Judith.

Geoff was a Life Member of the Tasar Association of Victoria, and was instrumental in getting the Tasar established in Victoria, serving for many years on the TAV committee, including as President. For some years Geoff also acted as the sales agent for the Tasar, sails and all spares in Victoria, with all proceeds going to the Association, a factor which sees the TAV continuing in a strong financial position to this day.
Geoff and his wonderful wife Judith were popular fixtures at Tasar events for many years in their black Tasar, "Talisman", until Judith was taken from us sadly and too early in 1994 aged 57. Also that year Geoff sold the business and moved to live in Balnarring where they had a holiday home. 

But this was not the end of sailing for Geoff; he moved to sailing radio controlled model yachts with the Patterson Lakes Radio Model Yacht Club and was also awarded Life Membership for his work on its committee. He won a number of trophies over the years including Club Champion in 2008

The family connection with Tasar remained  with their daughter Vanessa and son in law Glenn Collings enjoying successes in Tasars over many years, and to this day. It was always great to see Geoff turn up to one of these regattas to show his support for Vanessa and Glenn and to say g'day to his old mates. He was also passionately supportive of the sailing of his grandsons Lloyd and Stephen.

Geoff was a quiet and modest man, with a calm and friendly way of dealing with all people. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone and never saw him angry, flustered or even it seems frustrated by any situation. He was always quick with a smile and a helping hand and was tremendously popular amongst all the sailors. Many new Tasar sailors benefited from his help and wisdom.
Geoff was a wonderful person and I consider him to be both a gentleman and a gentle man. (Alistair Murray)


He will be sorely missed; our heart and best wishes and those of all in the Tasar community who knew him go out to his family at this sad time.