News from Grassroots conservatives
1 Jun 2019
The funeral of Grassroots Conservatives vice-chairman Geoffrey Vero was held at St Lawrence Church, Chobham, his home church where he would read the lesson, on Friday 31 May at 1 p.m. Grassroots Conservatives were represented by the chairman Ed Costelloe, and secretary, Canon Dr Chris Sugden.
People began arriving an hour early, and thirty minutes before the start the church was full. Later arrivals filled the church hall and a tent outside. This was not surprising given his range of interests and involvements in business, sport and politics.
Julian Vero his eldest son introduced a fine eulogy by noting that Geoffrey’s historic family links included the Roman Emporer Marcus Aurelius who was also a Stoic Philosopher and whose ‘Meditations’ he kept by his bedside.
Among his responsibilities Geoffrey had been chairman and president of Surrey Heath Conservative Association, and the local MP took time from his current preoccupations with the Conservative Leadership election to be present, Michael Gove. Geoffrey was noted for respecting without needing to agree with other views which he was concerned to debate in full in order to understand. The family business was Vero and Everitt, hatters, and Geoffrey was master of the Worshipful Company of Glovers.
Sunningdale Golf Club, Royal and Ancient at St Andrews and Rye Golf Club occupied much of his spare time when not engaged in his business interests in the City as a Lloyds Name and Finance Director of Diners Club.
Through all these activities he would not baulk from the right course. One colleague was quoted: “Geoffrey combined business with a sense of the right way of going about things.” His action at a cricket match was recalled when the fielding side lied about whether a boundary had been scored. Geoffrey ran up on to the pitch to the umpire in his MCC panama hat and said “I am an MCC member and that was a four!”
Julian noted that his wife Frankie whom he married in 1975 at the age of 28 was the love of his life and Geoffrey could not have achieved anything without her.
His focus was God, Queen and Country, his family, the right way to do things, friendship and laughter and he took every opportunity to pass on selfless advice and encouragement to others.
In his address the vicar, the Rev Chris Bessant said that Geoffrey knew his God and lived his life accordingly, with hope in the sure knowledge of a heavenly home where he knew his faith would take him. The words of Psalm 23 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”, read in the service made him able to bear the burden of his cancer in his last days because he knew it was all true.
Like Brighton Rock, Geoffrey’s principles, standards and faith went right through. The congregation sang “I vow to thee my country” and Geoffrey was carried out to Elgar’s Nimrod. As the congregation left for their cars they could not but notice young people playing cricket in the nets in the park behind the church. A fitting backdrop for a man who had played a straight bat throughout life.