A native of Liverpool, Geoff’s career began in 1938 when he joined the Bootle Times as a junior reporter aged 16.
He moved to Devon and joined the Express & Echo in 1949 where he worked full-time until 1987, but continued on a part-time basis as the newspaper’s “Mr Nostalgia” after his retirement.
His son David said: “He may have officially retired when he was 65 but in fact he never really retired and kept on writing.”
During his career, Geoff also worked at Devon News Agency and was a current affairs researcher with Plymouth-based Westward Television, predecessor to TSW, Westcountry television.
He was awarded the MBE in 2000.
Geoff is survived by his wife, Joan, and children David and Shirley.