Obituary - George Gifford - (by John Downs)George was born in 1941 in the West Midlands and was introduced to sport in his early years, learning to play cricket and sail at the age of seven. When he left school he joined the Second Royal Tank Regiment, serving in Cyprus as part of the Peace Keeping Force. Apart from developing a strong team spirit and learning to drive "tracked vehicles" George further extend his sporting prowess to skiing and the pentathlon.
After leaving the Army, George spent some time at the Calshot Activities Centre as an Instructor before joining the then School of Navigation, Warsash in 1968 as a Bosun Instructor on the School's sail training vessel, Halcyon.
In 1974, George "came ashore" to spend more time with his wife Hazel and daughter Alex. In 1978, he received a degree from the Open University. He was passionate about his cricket whilst at Warsash and as a Member of the Southampton Master Mariners Club, he captained the cricket team for two years.
In 2008 George was able due to a kind invitation by Andrew Armour, the current owner of Halcyon, to allow George a chance to renew his previous connections with the vessel and enjoy with other Association Members, a day sail on board her around the Solent from the Hamble River and back.
Our thoughts and condolences go to Hazel and all of his family.
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