Obituary – Geoffrey Marlow (PR 1936-39)
We are sorry to announce the death of Geoffrey Campbell Marlow (PR 1936-39) on December 31, 2020, at the age of 98, just a month away from his 99th birthday.
Geoffrey left Marlborough College in 1939 to go to the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall.
In World War II, he served as an RCAF bomber pilot aged 20 the youngest in the crew. He flew Halifax and Lancaster bombers in 32 hazardous missions over occupied France and Germany. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for “having led his crew into battle with the utmost courage”. After the war, he moved to Canada and helped his parents build a new house. He worked in Canada, moving from mine to mine and had positions of increasing responsibility. In October 1948 he moved to Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico to work for the American Smelting and Refining Co. Because he was hard working and quick to adapt to life in a new country, Geoffrey did well. He managed various mines for ASARCO. After 25 years of work, Geoffrey sought new opportunities. In 1974, Placer Development Ltd. hired him to be vice president of operations for Marcopper Mining Company in the Philippines where he happily worked until retirement in January 1987.
In 1951, Geoffrey married Winifred Margaret Morris of Parral, Mexico. They had three children. Diana (known as Penny), and two sons, John and James, both of whom sadly preceded him in death.
After his first wife’s death in 1972, he married Beatriz Cardenas Madero of Torreón, Mexico in 1974. They moved to the Philippines until he retired when they moved back to West Vancouver where they enjoyed travel, friends and sports including tennis, golf and squash.
His family said, “Geoffrey was brave, resourceful, kind and good-natured. He will be remembered for his hard work and his interest in new ideas and projects, including the family reunion that he organized in 1995. He was loyal to family, both immediate and extended.”
He is also survived by his loving wife, Beatriz and by his nephews, John Hope and Robin Edwards of London, England, Peter Genge of Vancouver, BC, Michael Genge of Duncan, BC.
An obituary to Geoffrey also featured in The Times.