Tony who ran a successful local garage business for many years, become involved with the project to build Cornwall’s first adult hospice when he and his wife were approached by Mrs Enid Dalton-White MBE. She was leading a campaign to raise the necessary funds and inspired by her commitment and enthusiasm for the project, Tony and Margaret donated a suitable area of land on Porthpean Road. They became part of the campaign and have remained as Trustees since the hospice opened its doors to patients on 6th October 1980.

In April 2006 Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle formerly merged into the single charity Cornwall Hospice Care, and Tony and Margaret have continued to play a pivotal role in guiding and shaping the charity’s work.

Lesley Ross is the current Chair of Trustees for Cornwall Hospice Care;

“Tony was a committed member of the Board, not afraid to challenge but always supportive, generous with both his time and expertise. His unstinting passion for the aims of the charity has been an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts are very much with Margaret and his family at this very sad time.”

Tony was appreciated by all those who met him, including the charity’s staff and volunteers, as Paul Brinsley, Chief Executive, explains;

“Tony will be missed by us all. Everyone admired his extraordinary commitment to our charity and to its future development and his wise counsel shared through our Board of Trustees. I personally will miss his guidance, friendship and good humour and I know many of my colleagues will feel the same way. Our tribute to him will be the continuation of the remarkable care our charity provides to people in Cornwall coping with life limiting illnesses in a range of settings.”

“Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Margaret and all Tony’s family and his very wide circle of friends in Cornwall and beyond. He was a remarkable man and he leaves us with a truly superb legacy, which is Cornwall Hospice Care, a charity that will continue helping people for many years to come.”

Tony was also a long-time Rotarian and a member of the Rotary Club of St Austell and a Steward in ring 2 of the horse rings at Royal Cornwall Show, a volunteer role he particularly loved and enjoyed.

Tony leaves his wife, Margaret, children Jonathan, Jackie and Louise, and his much loved grandchildren.

The attached picture shows Tony and Margaret Geake meeting HRH The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward when he visited Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in 2015 to mark its 35th anniversary.