Died July 2013
It is with great sadness I announce the death
of Geoff Walker the banjo player with the Savoy Jazzmen. His funeral is being
held at 10 a .m. Friday 12th July at Landican Cemetery, Arrowe Park Road,
Birkenhead, CH49 5LY. It was Geoff's request that he would like live music at
the service so please come along and give him a good send off.
What terrible news! Geoff was in my class at Wallasey Grammar School and had been a friend for years. I had heard that he was not well, but didn't expect this. I will be arriving in Liverpool later that day but cannot change my travel plans at this late date. Would that I could.
That's very sad news but thanks for letting me know.
and I were deeply saddened to learn that Geoff had died.
We saw him fairly recently and he seemed in good health
and spirits at that time. I've always enjoyed his
banjo-playing and his enthusiasm for the music. Our
condolences to his family and to the lads in the Savoy.
Sorry to read about Geoff Walker; He was in the Blue Magnolia JB when I joined it in 1968: A witty and erudite chap. My condolences to his family and the Savoy, who've lost a good bandsman.
Very Sorry to here about Geoff Walker's death, he was a
Great Guy and Wonderful fun to share our love of New
Orleans Music together.
Devastated to hear about Geoff Walker's death. I called
in on him for a chat only 3 weeks ago and, though in
great discomfort, the same witty, lateral thinking and
very funny Geoff came bubbling through.
and shocked to hear the news, via Pete Swensson that
Geoff has passed away. I enjoyed playing alongside him
some years ago with Dave and Laurie Renton in 'The
Silver Dollar Six' at Parkgate every Sunday afternoon. I
recall that it was always an enjoyably strident, lively
session with Geoff strumming alongside the drums. He
will be much missed.
It's very sad to hear of the death of Geoff Walker. I have fond memories of him playing with Hugh Gerrard's New Orleans Express in Telford's Warehouse, Chester on Sunday mornings. With delightful candidness he said to me, "When you first arrived in this area, you were terrible, but you're a lot better now!" I trust that's because by then I was listening to the other band members. I'm very sorry we won't be able to 'see him off the premises, so to speak' since we will be travelling down to Swanage on Friday. But we'll keep memories of big lovable Geoff alive in our minds. Our sincere condolences to his family.
Malcolm Hogarth and Isabel Toner.
very saddened to learn of Geoff Walker's death. I always
enjoyed his playing and his sense of humour. He and Pete
Swenson were the main reasons that the Savoy was such a
great band to play with. I'm so sorry that I didn't have
a chance to see him on my visit to England last month.
May I also say how sorry I am to hear of Geoff's passing. A great guy! Geoff, Liz Bacon (nee Cole), Derek Winters and myself formed an embryo Heritage band when Geoff Walker first came to Teesside back in the 70s. As Brian Carrick says "Rest in peace, the circle is getting smaller"
Now, if that ain't a title for a song....!!
Photographs supplied by Terry McGrath
Geoff was a good friend of mine - from our Rugby
days at New Brighton, our interest in cars and, most
of all, our interest in Jazz.
He will be greatly missed.
I was very privileged to be party to Geoff Walker's
send off. It was as we had discussed at slightly non
sober times. 'Wish me luck as you wave me Goodbye'
was pure GW humour. Maybe I can presume to quote on
Geoff's behalf, as I am sure that he would , thanks
all the musos that had nothing else to do on that
day and turned up.
I recognition of our relationship I should like to
record that he was an entrepreneur, pilot,
adventurer, rugby player, racing driver, socialiser,
as well as a banjo player. I feel privileged to say
that I knew him.
I heard the news of Geoff's passing from Terry McGrath. I owed Geoff a great deal. Not only did I get his seat in the Blue Mags when he left, but I also owe a successful career in industry to him. He gave me some wise and timely advice when I was applying for jobs on leaving university. I'll always carry in my mind the picture of this big, tall bloke half-bent over over a banjo with a fag precariously balanced on the corner of his lip. With apologies to John Bunyan: ..and he passed over, and all the banjos sounded for him on the other side.
I am Geoff walkers stepdaughter and my mum (Moira) would really like to thank everyone on Geoff's tribute page for the support and kind words that have been posted on your website which we found all very touching, could you post our thanks to everyone especially the amazing band (all organised by Pete swensson who was so fantastic in helping us in this sad time he was brilliant), that made us so proud to have been able to say our final goodbye in the way that he would have wished for, This is a video of some of the goodbye send off and if any one has any more photos or video's to share we would love to see them.
Photographs by Fred McCormick