Geoff McGarr 1951-2016
in 1951.. Geoffrey McGarr was educated at Harraby Secondary School in
his home town of Carlisle in Cumbria.
On completion of training in 1970, Musician McGarr’s first draft was to the extremely busy Royal Marines Band CinC Western Fleet, based at HMS Pembroke, where in 1971 he visited Stockholm, Helsinki and Kiel under the renamed RM Band CinC Fleet.
not sure how much time.. motorbike enthusiast Geoff was part of the
Royal Marines Band Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth.. around
McGarr was one of the original members of the Royal Marines Band Flag
Officer Third Flotilla Band (FOF3) that formed at Deal on 30th January
1979. The band flew from Gatwick to Gibraltar on 9th February where
they immediately boarded HMS Hermes (R12). He didn’t enjoy flying
and the experience of the flight was such an ordeal for him, to Geoff
it was more like a white-knuckle ride. They enjoyed runs ashore in Naples,
Piraeus and Athens, before spending ten days at sea enroute to Norway.
Following his time at sea with FOF3, Geoff returned to Plymouth Band where he was promoted to BSgt. He was then drafted from FOP to become Volunteer Band Instructor on HMS Glamorgan in 1986, before returning once again to Raleigh.
made a return to Royal Marines Band Commander in Chief Fleet, now based
at RAF Northolt in 1988.
Geoff who had a great passion for photography retired from the Royal Marines Band Service in February 1991. He opted to take on a second career by becoming an officer with the Metropolitan Police, serving from April 1991 until November 2008, he was based at Earls Court Police Station and later in the Domestic Violence Unit. Geoff latterly worked for Compass Group as the Hall Porter at HMS Drake in Plymouth.
Geoff was diagnosed with terminal cancer and sadly passed away a few weeks later on 19th October 2016, his funeral was held at Weston Mill Crematorium in Plymouth on Tuesday 1st November 2016.