George Sawyer

George racing his Hydroplane on Lake Windermere

I am saddened to report the death of one of Laindon’s well known sons. George Sawyer passed away on the 28.9.2022 at Basildon Hospital, he was 94. George was born in Worthing Road, Laindon in 1928. His first school was Dunton Road school, then moved on to Markhams Chase (now Janet Dukes) and then onto Laindon High Road school where he passed a scholarship to Chelmsford Tech. He cycled every day to Chelmsford a round trip of about 30 miles on a bike with solid tyres.

He was call up to the Royal Armoured Corps in 1945 serving in Italy Palestine and Garza. After he was demobbed in 1948 he set up a very successful building business which ran well into his 70s.

George had many interests including the Southend Motorcycle club and the local Athletic club. But the love of his life as well as his wife Nina was his love for Hydroplane watersports. George broke many records one of which I believe still stands to this day which was 700cc Hydroplane record on Lake Windermere where he recorded speeds averaging 103.87 miles per hour. This record he achieved on the 18th October 1986 at an incredible 58 years of age. He completed for over 30 years in the sport all over the world.

In 1987 George joined the Laindon Masonic Lodge and was their master on two occasions and a regular attendee up until just recently. He was also a member of the Boat Museum that was in the Green Centre, Wat Tyler park.

In July of this year George wife Nina, who was the other love of his life sadly passed away. George missed Nina enormously and found life difficult without her I’m sure. Now they are together again as they were in life.

A life well lived. George A Sawyer 1928-2022 Rest in peace.

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  • It’s been an absolute pleasure to have known George and Nina for over 40 years.
    Such genuine kind people who will be so missed especially by myself.
    The memories and the story’s are endless, the home brew always a topic of conversation. Larger than life gentleman reunited with the love of his life Nina ❤ 💙 sleep well miss you loads love Lesley

    By Lesley Davison (01/11/2022)
  • So lovely to read about George’s achievements in life and of course his late Wife Nina.
    Genuine lovely people.
    Good neighbours are hard to come by these days.
    Rest in Peace George and Nina

    By Pam and Bill Barker (08/10/2022)
  • Lovely write up for George & Nina. Such wonderful neighbours for the 20 years we have lived next door to them. We hope they are now re-united & are Resting in Peace together, xxxx

    By brenda kettle (07/10/2022)

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