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ILEY, Geoffrey

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2 Apr 2024
Written by Charlotte Woodward

Paula Iley wrote the following obituary. 

Geoffrey Norman Iley was born 24 September 1928, and attended Oakham from 1939 to 1945, being moved around with the school as the war progressed. This resulted, in recent years, in the publication of A Schoolboy's Wartime Letters: An Evacuee's Life in WWII by Chronos Books, an extract from which was read out by Bernard Cribbins at the live London millennial celebrations and broadcast on national media. 

Geoffrey had a meteoric career in the automotive industry (being instrumental in the rollout of the original Mini, among other things), then in the automotive/aeronautical glass and opthalmic industries. He loved fast and vintage cars, and travel, all his life. He was a regular donor to The Oakham School Foundation, and visited the school several times for special alumni occasions and to give talks. His sons Adrian ('76) and John Iley ('85) also attended the school; it was here that John met fellow pupil and wife-to-be, Clare Sardeson ('85).

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