In Memory of Geoff Packett, a character with a heart of gold

Geoff Packett, getting around on his mobility scooter. Photo by Mandy Ellis
Geoff Packett, getting around on his mobility scooter. Photo by Mandy Ellis


GEOFF Packett was fondly known as the old guy on the mobility scooter, who at times had colourful language, a heart of gold and who would help people where he could.

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He sadly passed away on Thursday 14 September.

Old Salamander residents remember Geoff for his helpful nature and character.

Jai Pyke from McCauley’s Bottle shop, told News Of The Area, “Geoff was a comical, colourful, character for sure, a regular here buying slabs of beer for the ‘ambos’ and ‘firies’ as a way of saying thanks for their help.”

A Wanda Beach Pharmacy spokesperson said, “Geoff was a generous man, he helped people less fortunate, he would buy the ladies here a rose on a regular basis, which was really touching.”

The staff at Salamander Bay Village Florists said, “He frequently visited us to buy roses for special people, he was well known for his colourful language and at Christmas allowed us to pick holly from his tree.”

The staff from Bakers Le Vie, said, “Geoff always had a joke to tell, usually dirty, bought us all roses, which was very sweet of him, as a way to say thank you for always going out to serve him. He will definitely be missed”.

Staff at Soldiers Point Medical Centre, shared, “Rest In peace Geoff, you will be well remembered by the doctors, nurses and staff here, you were always polite and pleasant to all. Our staff loved the way you used to spoil them with a single red rose. Geoff you always brightened our day and we wanted to say you will be sadly missed. Thank you for making our lives richer.”

The service will be on Friday 29 September, 11am at Boots Funerals, Johnson Close, Raymond Terrace.

The family of Geoff would like to ask the local community if anyone has any photos, or would like to share their memories, please email them to


By Mandy ELLIS

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