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R.I.P  Geoff Munn (1930-2018)
The Slaugham Archive
R.I.P Geoff Munn (1930-2018)

Sad news has been received that Geoff Munn, one of the characters of the Slaugham parish, passed away on Friday, 22nd June 2018, aged 87.
He operated a garage and motor salvage business in Pease Pottage (picture #145) for many years but his great love was motocross and scrambling. I recall watching motocross on BBC’s “Grandstand” in B & W on Saturday afternoons in the early 1950s when Geoff would race against 30 other mud-splattered riders.
He represented England in many similar events on the near Continent where the sport was very popular (see picture #2125).
Around this time he entered a walking race from London to Brighton, although competitors were permitted to run the last 100 yards. Needless to say, Geoff, sponsored by “Indestructible Socks”, won the race during the sprint finish.
During the latter part of his working life he drove a lorry for car breakers, G W & G Bridges, collecting vehicles past their sell-by date!
He married his first wife, Pauline Tulley, in 1955 and they had a daughter, Debbie, and a son, Tim.
During his later life he lived in Colwood Lane, Warninglid, and in more recent years he has been living in Roffey.
He is survived by his wife, Janet, and their three sons, Julian, Martin and Tommy.

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I have heard recently that Geoff's funeral will be held at 11.30am on Thursday, 12th July at St Mary's church at Slaugham.
Added by Barry Ray on 04 July 2018
The wake will be held at the Black Swan in Pease Pottage should anyone wish to come.
Added by Julian Munn on 06 July 2018
Jeff (it was never spelt 'Geoff' in the time that I knew him but then, the two are often confused) was also a superb stock car driver in the 1970s. He raced all over the Spedeworth circuits at tracks like Eastbourne, Cross in Hand, Wimbledon, Walthamstow, White City and Aldershot, as well as East Anglian raceways at places such as Ipswich, Wisbech and Yarmouth. He also ventured further afield and raced on the continent as well.
A real character as well as an extremely talented driver, "Gentleman" Jeff was the driver me and my parents always supported. Had I known it was his funeral yesterday, I would most certainly have been there. RIP #269.
Added by Graham Brown on 13 July 2018
I have just read the sad news and wish i could have attended the funeral to show my respect and to represent my father, Arthur Shopland, who was a good friend of Jeff for a lifetime.
He was a talented motorbike rider and I am sure rode at a high national level.
A quietly spoken Gentleman.
Added by Anthony Shopland on 13 July 2018
I am grateful to Geoff Bridges for permitting the eulogy he read at the funeral to be reproduced here.
Select Open Document to view both the eulogy and the Order of Service.
Added by Barry Ray on 14 July 2018
I was very sad to hear that Jeff has passed away. When I was a young boy Jeff would come to our house to date Norma, our Scottish housekeeper in Pease Pottage.
Jeff was a very colourful chactacter; he fought in the Congo as a mercenary. I remember he had a two-page article about his adventures in a Sunday newspaper, the News of the World I think.
As mentioned by Graham, Jeff was a top driver on the Spedeworth circuits. I had the pleasure of travelling together with Jeff in his E-type Jaguar. Jeff and Billy Bridges travelled across the whole country to race their stock cars.
I have truly very fond mermories of this period in my life. Rest soft Jeff.
Added by David Haynes on 13 August 2018
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