Geoffrey Arlington

ALINGTON, Geoffrey


November 24th, 1918 – April 4th, 2010

With great sadness we announce the passing

of Geoff on Easter Sunday, April 4th, 2010. He

was predeceased by his wife, Audrey; daughter,

Diane; and infant son, Michael. Left to mourn

are his daughters Alaine (Keith), Lynn (Jim),

and Roberta (Tony). He also leaves behind

his grandchildren Christopher, Katherine, and


Geoff was born and raised in New Zealand,

where he joined the Civil Reserve and learned to

fl y. In 1938 at 19, he was accepted into the Royal

Air Force and joined the Coastal Command in

England, as a bomber pilot. A year later he

was sent to Canada to train new recruits at the

Commonwealth Air Training Program. While in

Canada, he met Audrey Robertson, whom he

married in 1941. Eighteen months later they

moved to England and by 1944 Geoffrey was

promoted to Wing Commander.

In 1947 they left England for Canada, settling in

the Penticton area on Skaha Lake, where Geoff

worked as an orchardist. Though he loved

the South Okanagan, his passion was fl ying,

so after 27 years, Geoff and Audrey moved to

Vernon. There, he bought a fl ying school and

taught an entire generation to fl y. Geoff was a

physical man, enjoying swimming and downhill

skiing, which he learned at 60.

In 1999 after Audrey’s death, he volunteered at

Hospice, where he learned to cook, delighting

clients and friends with his creations. Always a

spiritual man, Geoff embraced the parish of All

Saints’ Anglican Church and Choir. He was also

an active member of the Vernon Community

Choir. Geoff sang, skied, fl ew, and swam with

the wonderful people of this community where

he’d made his home for the past 36 years.

He was 91.

Service to be held at All Saints’ Anglican

Church, 3205 – 27th Street, Vernon, on Sunday,

April 11th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Arrangements are in the care of

Vernon Funeral Home


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