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Geoffrey Dodsworth

St Peter's 13-18

Geoffrey Dodsworth

York-born merchant banker and former Conservative MP Geoffrey Dodsworth has died, aged 89.

Born in 1928, he attended St Peter’s School and later worked as a Chartered Accountant at Barron & Barron in York until 1963 - with two years in the army from 1946. He became Justice of the Peace for York, in 1960, aged 32, becoming one of the city's youngest magistrates.

In 1964 he became deputy leader of the Conservative Group on City of York Council and was a member for six years.

He had a daughter Helen with his first wife, Isabel Neale who died in 1967 after a long illness. In 1971, he married Elizabeth Beeston and they had two children, Simon and Mary.

He set up a group of companies in the export and import trade in 1963, later becoming managing director of Grindlay Brandt’s Ltd. (a Merchant Bank), in 1974, and director of Grindlays Bank Ltd. (now ANZ), that same year.

In 1988, he set up Dodsworth and Company Ltd in 1988, specialising in equity and bank funding for asset and project finance.

He was an MP for South West Hertfordshire from 1974 to 1979, holding office in the backbench Shipping and Shipbuilding Committees and was Joint Secretary of the Finance Committee among other positions.

Mr Dodsworth, a Freeman of the City of London, was Chairman of the Vale of York constituency Association in 1998 and stood for North Yorkshire County Council in 1997. He retired after undergoing a heart bypass in October 2002.