Tributes to top detective, Rotarian and family man Geoff

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Geoff and wife Beryl - Credit: Submitted

Tributes have been paid to well-known and much-respected former Torbay detective and Rotarian Geoff Booth who has died aged 82. 

Geoff’s early working life was in the world of farming. He came from Yorkshire and went to Barnsley Grammar School and then Agricultural College before working on a farm in Yorkshire for several years. 

He then joined the RAF and served in the Military Police and was stationed in Rutland. He was a dog handler, patrolling the airfield with his dog, Prince. 

Geoff married wife Beryl in 1962 and they moved to Devon where Geoff farmed for Lord Roborough of Devon. They lived in a bungalow on the Roborough estate on Dartmoor. Geoff was a herdsman and cared for a large herd of Jersey cows. 

After several years, he joined the Plymouth City Police Force.  Most of his service was as a Detective. He moved quickly up the ranks and was transferred to Torbay to become a Detective Superintendent. 

He finished his 30-year police career in the Devon and Cornwall Police Headquarters at Exeter. 

Geoff first joined the Babbacombe and St Marychurch Rotary Club. He then moved to Preston where he was President of Preston Rotary Club in 1996 and Rotary District Governor in 2003.   

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He leaves behind wife Beryl and children, daughter Angela and twins Andrew and Helen. He also adored grand-daughters Lilly and Immy. 

Geoff and Beryl travelled extensively throughout the world and also had a boat on the Dart where they loved Dittisham. 

Geoff was described as a ‘loving family man’ who loved nothing more than spending time with his family.   

Beryl said: “He enjoyed a distinguished career and was a wonderful, loving role model to his family.”