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ISSUE 9 - DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF GEOFF TYSON

We'd like to dedicate this special online edition of Salford Star to the memory of Geoff Tyson. 

Geoff cared about Salford's community and heritage and was involved in setting up a new residents association for the Broughton community. He showed his incredible sense of fun when agreeing to be featured in issue 7 of Salford Star, showing us around his very small new house on Camp Street. Geoff was willing to stand up and be counted. Salford Star and the whole city of Salford will miss him.

We asked Geoff's wife, Veronica, to write a tribute…


Geoff Tyson by Veronica

Well, what can I say?  Only Geoff was Geoff. He was a larger than life character – you would always hear him before you saw him.  He was the most placid, patient, kindest and most talented man I have ever met.

Geoff would never drive past a bus stop if anyone he knew was standing there, even if he was going in the opposite direction. He would go to the ends of the earth to help you if he could. 

Recently he became chairman of the Broughton Community Association (BCA) into which he put his heart and soul.  He added a flower garden to the area and local children had already started to help out, I'm hoping that they'll keep it going this spring.  Geoff had big plans for the BCA such as a Halloween party, summer BBQs and day trips to the Illuminations for young and old.

He loved life and was big on family. I think the best day he had last year was when the twins, Ruby and Grace were born.  He idolised them. He loved all of my family.  He loved everybody and made friends with everybody. He always had time to talk to you.  Recently we were in Bulgaria and we made many friends there too.  You didn't have to know Geoff long before he made an impression on you. Then he was your friend for life.  He was always there if you needed him.

I can honestly say that in the 21 years we were married this is the only time he has ever hurt me, or hurt anyone for that matter…it is the only time he has ever made me cry…And on that note it's time to say `Goodnight Babe.  I love you'


Kath Tyson wrote
at 7:59:14 AM on Thursday, April 2, 2009
I hope that the Broughton Community Association will keep up the good work Geoff started and bring the communty together,and when the bench is put in the gardens the older people will beable to seat there and try to help to put the world back together,because the bloody goverment can,t.I know what Geoff would say( go for it)we cant make it worse then it all ready is.
 
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