Geoffrey Daniel Jenkins
January 7, 1936, to August 25, 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear brother, Geoff, who passed away August 25, 2022 at the Banfield Pavilion in Vancouver. Geoff suffered a severe stroke five years ago which required constant care. Geoff was born in Ebbw Vale Wales on January 7, 1936, and was lovingly brought up there by his grandparents, Florrie, and Danny Jenkins. He had a very close relationship with his Uncle Tom, who was a major influence in his life.
Geoff is survived by his younger sisters, Judy, Cheryl, and Suzan as well as his first cousin Peter, (Uncle Tom’s son). Geoff and Peter remained very close over the years. Peter and sister, Judy, kept him up to date with the latest football results from the UK.
Geoff also leaves behind his daughter, Leanna, and his two grandchildren, Sam, and Sarah, who
live in Regina Saskatchewan. He will also be greatly missed by his lifelong friend, John Winney, in Australia. Despite leaving his homeland as a very young man, Geoff remained proud of his Welsh heritage and never lost his Welsh accent.
During his time with the Welsh Guards he was part of the first International Peacekeeping Force stationed in Egypt and Algeria during the Suez Canal Crisis. He continued his global travels and immigrated to New Zealand and later Australia. Most of his working life was spent outside on the dockyards, steelworks, and construction. His fearlessness for working at extreme heights was well known among his fellow workers.
Geoff loved sports; especially English football and he played on several teams and won awards. Geoff also liked to swim and was a sun worshipper. From Vancouver he took trips to California and Hawaii.
For over forty-five years Geoff had been a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Billy Bishop Branch and he valued the friendships made during his membership.
We wish to thank the wonderful caregivers at the Banfield Pavilion for their ongoing compassion and professional care. The family would like to thank his good friend, Cathy Kershaw, who supported him during his illness. Rest in Peace, Geoff. You will forever be in our hearts and minds.
Hope you are now having the best trip of all, Geoff. Bon Voyage. Love, Lin