Vale: Geoffrey Maurice Williams

Geoffrey Maurice Williams was born on January 4, 1933 in Melbourne.

He was a talented Australian Rules footballer and played with the South Melbourne Swans junior sides.

His passion for the Swans, even when they relocated to Sydney, remained throughout his life.

He completed his national service at Puckapunyal, which interrupted his career as a boot maker.

Geoff made his way to Wagga when he was 19 when an old Melbourne employee opened a shoe store in Wagga.

Geoff managed White's Shoe Store before starting work at Seaman's Shoe Store.

He was described as a patient and gentle man who had to deal with many school aged children and younger ones to fit them properly with their shoes.

Many Wagga families will remember Geoff from his time at Seaman's.

Geoff lived in North Wagga and played Australian Rules with the local side.

He met his wife Barbara on the North Wagga bus going to town for work and they were married on March 2, 1957.

Together they had three beautiful children, Glen, Steven and Donna, who married Phyllis, Deb and Steve, respectively.

Geoff adored his six grandchildren - Lauren, Kelly, Clay, Zac, Jake and Millie - and took a genuine interest in their pursuits and careers.

Geoff loved his golf and one day he was lucky enough to hit a hole in one.

He was disappointed when he could no longer walk the course and play but he maintained his interest with his social club.

Geoff loved his music and began writing his own poetry in his later years.

He participated in numerous activities during his time living at the Riverina Gums, including playing pool and singing with the singing group.

Geoff's wish was that music and his grandchildren take centrestage at his funeral.

His family described his funeral as a fitting tribute, which was filled with songs from his children, tributes from his grandchildren and readings of poems Geoff had written.

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