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, in fact he was Open Events secretary for the Club Diamond Jubilee ‘25’ which
was won by Ken Joy with, at that time, an excellent 59-46.

When George left school he secured a job with an estate agents and whilst
there decided to attend night school to study building and engineering – a
very wise move which would dictate his future for the rest of his life, both
professionally and socially.

His work in the building industry took him to various parts of the country
and whilst visiting an airfield in Norfolk he met Phyllis, whose father was
working for the Ministry of Defence repairing airstrips. Phyllis and George
married on the 8th March 1941 and, apart from George’s war service and a
short time living in Neasden, they spent the rest of their lives living in a house
that George had built in Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, along with their children,
Peter and Pat.

George worked for both Higgs & Hills and George Wimpey, before joining his
father- and brother-in-law in the family building and haulage business. He
eventually set up his own building company in 1960; the company is still going
strong and is now run by his grandson, Stephen.

George was a member of the Brighton, Hove & District Builders’ Association
and also served as their president. Additionally he took over the presidency
of the Brighton Lions Club and for 20 years organized their Carnival
Procession (he died just a few weeks before he could celebrate 60 years as
a Brighton Lion). Just to fill in a few spare hours, he became a member, and
later president, of Priory Cricket Club!

Sadly, Phyllis died on the 26th July 2004. After her mother’s death Pat
frequently attended club social functions with her father and together they
organized the club summer lunches at various venues in the Brighton area.
In more recent times, Pat acted as chauffeur for George as his health slowly
deteriorated, taking him to Belgian Nights and the Newnham Memorial
Services. Newnham was very special to George as he had known all the

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