Following the very sad news and the subsequent sharing of this image of Geoffrey Hughes on our Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/isleofwightnewsonline hundreds of people from across the Isle of Wight have paid tribute to the ‘much loved actor’ who lost his battle with cancer on Friday.
Geoffrey was possibly best known for his role as binman Eddie Yeats in ‘Coronation Street’, but also apppeared in ‘The Royle Family’, ‘Keeping Up Appearances’, ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Skins’. His acting career spanned 50yrs, having first appeared in 1960s classics such as Z-Cars and was the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles film The Yellow Submarine. He also guest-starred in Doctor Who, Casualty, Boon and The Upper Hand.
The actor, died “peacefully in his sleep” on Friday night, following a “long courageous battle” with prostate cancer. He had thought he had beaten cancer in 2009, but was told it had returned after collapsing at his home on the Isle of Wight in 2010.
On the Island
Geoffrey and his wife Sue moved to the Isle of Wight from Merseyside, in 2003 and ran Wood End Enterprises.
He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the Isle of Wight in 2009, which made him “the official link between the Island and royalty at formal engagements”.
Geoffrey Hughes will be fondly remembered by many people on the Isle of Wight for his work within the community; as an active supporter of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice along with many other local charities and organisations.
The main image (top right) along with our news link is being shared throughout Facebook and attracting hundreds of tributes. A great actor, but a kind and cheerful man is a sentiment shared by so many people on the Isle of Wight, a small selection of those tributes include:
Michael Cox R.I.P. Geoffrey,you will be missed by everyone.
Kim Bishop So so sad to hear this, he actually turned up at my wedding on the Isle of Wight and we asked him to take photo’s, he didn’t hesitate and had no pretensions at all , what a lovely man sadly missed
David Cosgrove what a gent, he embraced island life and events , sleep well dear geoff.
Rose Rapley R.I.P. geoffrey hughes a great actor will be sadly missed xxxx
Ann Hulme So sad, he was always great in whatever he did, RIP xxx
Margaret Jones Gave so much fun. Thanks Geoff. RIP.
Clive White Top bloke, as working class as u can get, honest, grafter, unpretensious, heaven is richer today!!
Cally Day Aw, that is sad, he was a brilliant actor.
Vanda Hopwood RIP Geoff, loved listening to your stories at the Memorial Ploughing Match xxx
Ann Taylor-Turton So very sad, such a lovely man and a brilliant actor, I will miss him very much x
Suzie Buckett Sad news, but an awesome actor and fellow islander RIP Geoffrey. Laughter will live on xxx
Michael Hambleton A great shame and loss to the community.
Dave Morris God bless his family.
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