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.