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Geoffrey Miller-Richards

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Date published: 1/1/2014

Geoffrey Miller-Richards

Geoffrey J. Miller-Richards, 87, of Ashurst Wood, Sussex, UK, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

Geoff was the son of the late Arthur Miller-Richards and Gwendolyn Miller-Richards OBE.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Pamela; sons Nigel (UK), Simon (UK), Jeremy (Portugal), Guy (Fredericksburg) and his wife, Barbara; and grandchildren Emma and Sarah (Fredericksburg).

Geoff was a design civil engineer and, after serving in the British Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, spent his entire career at the firm of Rendall Palmer and Tritton in London. He designed many unique projects in the Middle East, Africa and India. He was well-known for his innovative designs in the United Kingdom, with his most notable achievement being his design of the Thames Barrier in London. He received the Queens Award for engineering for a floodgate system that is still unique in the world some 35 years after its completion.

Geoff also was known for his beautiful Welsh tenor voice, which he employed in various choirs throughout his life.

Services will be held at St. Dunstan's Church of England, on Jan. 16, 2014, and his ashes will be scattered on his beloved Ashdown Forest (The 100 Acre Wood).

In lieu of flowers, he would have liked contributions to his great friend's trust, Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Fund, melanoma-fund.co. uk, or to a charity of choice.