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The funeral of D Day veteran Geoff Steer

Friday May 29 2015


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THE funeral takes place today of well known D-Day veteran Geoff Steer.

Mr Steer, of Cherry Tree Street, Elsecar, died aged 92 on May 14. It is believed that a valve in his heart failed.

People of Elsecar, Hoyland and Barnsley will remember him for his brave war service and the 12 years he spent as a Liberal councillor on Barnsley Council.

Mr Steer was decorated more than nine times for his distinguished military service. Among his military honours were the France and Germany medal, the Normandy medal, the Liberation of Holland medal and the Polar Bear medal.

His sons Martin and Malcolm said their father enjoyed singing and was a keen gardener.

The funeral is today at Ardsley Crematorium at 2.50pm. A bugle will sound the Last Post.

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Reply Posted by G Dyson on Friday May 29 2015 at 17:00
Meet Geoff a couple of years ago in the SSAFA office. What a great gentleman he was and very helpful and the storeys he used to tell about the WW11. We will miss him very much.

Reply Posted by Aileen& Howard Robinson on Wednesday June 3 2015 at 11:18
Geoff was my cousin and a great Gentleman although we didn't see him a lot he will be sadly missed by all RIP Geoff Our Sympathy's to our Martin & Malcolm
x x

Reply Posted by Jacques BOONE on Thursday January 14 2016 at 17:00
As a Belgian member of the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division ,the Polar Bear association, I got acquainted with this WWII veteran and had the pleasure of meeting him several times in Belgium. Our relaions were very friendly,we met often at remembrance ceremonies in Belgium and even in Normandy.. He gave me "Out of the frying pan..." his very interesting war memoirs, which tells how he was taken by the Germans POW at Rijkevorsel, a Belgian village very near by my home at Merksplas. By accident, while reading the "Polar Bear News", the periodical of our association, I learned this authentic WWII hero had passed away, I really regret that up to now, I had not sent condolences to Geoff's sons Martyn and Malcom, what I will do now by letter.

Jacques BOONE
Member of the Polar Bear Association
Hazenpad 2
B 2330 MERKSPLAS
Belgium