Book of Remembrance of


Geoff Ward

Geoff was a fondly liked and respected friend and colleague to many people at Sheffield Hallam University.

His sad passing will leave behind a huge hole, both on a personal and professional level.

On a personal level Geoff was a man who valued truth, honesty, integrity, and fairness. He also had the sharpest and driest sense of humour, with a razor-sharp wit.

He was a private person, but he would share stories about his wife Jeanine and son Robert, both of whom he loved dearly and was hugely proud of.

On a professional level Geoff was one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated people you could hope to meet. His knowledge of technology and Building Management Systems was unrivalled as was his dedication to Sheffield Hallam. He was a true “unsung hero”. Even when he won the “Unsung Hero” Award at the FD Awards, he was too modest to attend the event. 

This book of remembrance is an opportunity for friends and colleagues to offer their condolences to Geoff’s family. It is also an opportunity to share stories that people fondly remember.

Book Owner: Lee Allen
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I was shocked and saddened to hear of Geoff’s passing, he was always our first port of call for any heating and BMS issues. Geoff always went above and beyond to help, his kowledge and dry humour that cheered me up when having to deal with people’s heating issues will be missed.  …

Sue Jones

I have had the pleasure of working with Geoff the whole of my 11 years at the Hallam Students Union as he was the ‘go to’person who scheduled all our Air con . Nothing was ever too much for him and he would go that ‘extra mile’ to help. I will fondly remember his …

Amanda and Brian

Our thoughts and condolences are with you all at this sad time. We worked with Geoff for nearly 30 years and were very sorry to hear the news of his passing. Geoff was a true gentleman and would do everything he could to help anyone, numerous times he came to my rescue with his …

Ann Oates

I was so sad to hear of Geoff’s passing and my heartfelt condolences go out to his family. I worked with Geoff at Hallam for over 25 years and he was a genuinely lovely man. He was hardworking and respectful. He was a silent hero. Rest in Peace Geoff. X  …

Dawn Meates

Geoff was as already been said a lovely lovely man. He was always so helpful and such a calming influence when things weren’t going exactly to plan! He always managed to find solutions to the most niggly of problems working through the issues and breaking them down one by one. His wit and sense …

Amanda Hughes

I was so sorry to hear about Geoff.  I extend my greatest sympathy to all his family.  I have known Geoff for a number of years and his commitment to his work at SHU was incredible, even though many people weren’t aware of all the work he did in the ‘background’.  He will truly …

Malcolm Sykes, Neil Andrews

Geoff was a great guy and will be sadly missed by us all. He was our first point of call for the Heating Department, which was set up more than 25 years ago under the leadership of Richard Barker and Martin Callaghan.The close working relationship we had with Geoff was absolutley brilliant. We had …

Patrick Maddock

My deepest condolences to Geoff’s family at this sad time. Geoff was the first person I met on my first day at Hallam 32 years ago. Since then I have spent so much time in his company in the work he did for our department which was invaluable and so helpful. When I look …

Michelle Fitzsimmons-Chatterton

You and your whole family are in my thoughts.  May loving memories of Geoff help you find peace. Geoff was always kind and ready to help. A true gentleman to work with.   …

John Clegg

So sorry to hear about Geoff. He was a true gentleman and always helpful whenever he was needed.,his knowlege was invaluable to just about everyone that had the good fortune to cross his path. He will be very much missed both on a personal  and professional level. Im sure he will be spoken about …
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