One of the last surviving Second World War veterans from Leighton Buzzard has died at the age of 96.
With his family by his side, Roy Geeves passed away on August 27 at his home in Winnipeg, Canada.
Roy – known as “Roger” – was born and raised in Leighton Buzzard in 1922. He enlisted in 1940 and fought in the North African Campaign. He also flew with Coastal Command.
In 1946 he met Elizabeth “Betty” Moore and a year later they were married in Leighton Buzzard, faithfully so for 71 years.
In 1967, his trade as a motor mechanic took him to Winnipeg, Canada.
He was well liked and respected in the community, where he was known as a generous man.
Roy is survived by his wife Betty, son Roger and daughter-in-law Lorna, and daughter Gaye and son-in-law Mark Taylor.
To carry on his name, he leaves four grandsons, Stuart, Iain and Andrew Geeves and Graham Taylor.
Additionally, he leaves behind granddaughter-in-law Cassandra and two great grandchildren, Nolan and Chloe Thompson-Geeves.
He was predeceased by his beloved granddaughter Ashley.
In accordance with his wishes, his ashes will be returned to his birthplace and scattered along the brook at Clipstone, where he spent many happy hours of his youth.
If friends so desire, donations in his memory can be made to the Salvation Army.