Welwyn Garden City man and Barbican pioneer mourned

PUBLISHED: 15:24 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009

Geof Light

Geof Light

A WGC man who received the prestigious Freedom of the City of London honour has died, aged 72. Geof Light was given the title for his involvement in the building of the Barbican Centre. Mr Light, who was born in Yarmouth and moved to WGC in 1975, was an e

A WGC man who received the prestigious Freedom of the City of London honour has died, aged 72.

Geof Light was given the title for his involvement in the building of the Barbican Centre.

Mr Light, who was born in Yarmouth and moved to WGC in 1975, was an engineering services liaison officer on the arts centre which opened in 1982.

Although he was working for the John Laing Partnership at the time, he was seconded onto the City of London Corporation, which owns the Barbican.

The title was given to him upon completion of the Barbican project and he received a certificate and attended an awards ceremony in London.

His family said he was immensely proud and honoured to have received the award.

He worked on many outstanding projects on behalf of John Laing which he was very proud to have been involved in.

Born in 1935, Mr Light took up an engineering scholarship with Ford and his qualifications gave him entry into Nottingham University where he graduated in 1960 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

The father-of-four returned to work for Ford at the company's Halewood factory in Liverpool where he was involved in equipment development, but he was more interested in the building of the factory than the cars.

In 1964, the keen bowls player left Ford to work for the national contractor Trenthams, where he stayed for five years, before moving to John Laing.

For the next 28 years he stayed with the company and worked on numerous building projects, including the Guinness factory in Bristol and the Abbey National HQ, and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.

His last major project was the British Library at St Pancras for which he received a mention in Parliament in 1995 after the scheme was completed.

He retired in 1997 to pursue his passion for bowls at Rowley Lane Bowls Club in Borehamwood.

Mr Light leaves his wife Maureen, 69 - and children Mark, 44, Melanie, 37, Johanna, 35 and Nancy, 32, who live in the WGC area.

Nancy said: "He always had a joke and a smile for everyone. He was such a good man in so many ways.

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