In Memoriam: Geoff Daniels

It is with great sadness we learned of the death of Geoff Daniels on Monday 27th August. Geoff was a longstanding club member, committee member and Chairman of the Club and will be missed by all that knew him.

Geoff’s funeral will be at Hawkinge Crematorium on Friday 7th September at 12.30, and there will be a wake at Sandgate Members Club that afternoon to further remember him. Further details will follow soon.

The following tribute was written and published by the Chairman of the Folkestone Snooker League in which Geoff played for many years.

It is with great sadness, as League Chairman,  that I report on the passing of a legend within the Folkestone Gentlemens Snooker League, Mr Geoff Daniels.

Geoff was one of the greatest players the league has had, winning the singles tournament on many occasions, achieving the highest break many times, and playing at county level in his younger days.  I believe, to this day, Geoff still holds the record for the highest break within a league match. Even as an elder statesman in the league, Geoff was one of the few players that nobody would want to draw in a knockout match.  As they say, class is permanent.

As well as being a mainstay of the league as a player, Geoff was also the league chairman for many years, at a time when the league was in its infancy.  Without the assistance Geoff would have given to Steve Shaw, the league would not be in such a healthy state as it is now, and we will forever be grateful for the role he played.

Geoff was, as we all know, a true gentleman, and a person and player I personally looked up to and admired when I started playing in the league.  He was the player you measured yourself against.  If you had a good game against Geoff, you know you played well.  In later years,  I had the honour of taking over from Geoff as league chairman, and again, Geoff was the man I looked up to and used as an example to follow.

Geoff will be missed massively within the league, and i’m sure I speak on behalf of all officers, committee, and league players in wishing his family all our love and very best wishes at this time. 

May we please ask, as a mark of respect to Geoff Daniels; all players observe 1 minute silence at 1930 hours on Monday 3rd September, before the start of the first game of the season.