'He is irreplaceable and we will miss and love him forever' - family's tribute to entrepreneur Geoff Bowen
PUBLISHED: 15:38 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 11 January 2018
"We will be forever thankful for his infectious love, generosity, passion, excitement, enthusiasm and joy of life and living, and also for the loving security he gave to us as a family," say loved ones of Topsham-based Pebblebed Vineyard owner Geoff, who grew up in Exmouth.
Tributes have been paid to an ‘irreplaceable’ entrepreneur from Exmouth who died following a short battle with a brain tumour.
Father-of-two Geoff Bowen, best-known for owning Topsham-based Pebblebed Vineyard, died surrounded by his family at a hospice in Exeter on January 6.
The 53-year-old, who grew up in Exmouth before moving to Clyst St George in 2011, was diagnosed with an aggressive grade-four glioblastoma in October last year.
In a statement issued on behalf of Geoff’s wife Anna, daughters Martha and Jessie and parents Roger and Brenda, the family said: “We are devastated that Geoff has left us years before he should have done.
“We will be forever thankful for his infectious love, generosity, passion, excitement, enthusiasm and joy of life and living, and also for the loving security he gave to us as a family.
“He is irreplaceable and we will miss and love him forever.”
Former Exmouth Community College pupil Geoff first set up his now-renowned vineyard business in 1999 at Ebford, while living with his family in Topsham.
Pebblebed produced its first wine in 2002, called Dodo Bird, and in 2011 he gained national recognition for appearing on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den television programme.
His appearance on that show is best remembered for causing a row between ‘Dragons’ Deborah Meaden and Duncan Bannatyne – with the latter going on to invest £80,000 in Geoff’s business.
Prior to this, Geoff had his own environmental geology consultancy at the age of 23 and also worked on the Burj Tower in Dubai.
He became a well-known figure in the Topsham community and often spearheaded the town’s Christmas illuminations.
Geoff was also a keen sportsman was often seen kite surfing in the sea off Exmouth.
Geoff’s 19-year-old daughter Martha will be taking part in the Bath Half Marathon in March in memory of her dad, with all funds going to The Brain Tumour Charity.
She has already raised more than £2,000 for the event.
Anyone wanting to donate to Martha can go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/martha-bowen