Fireman George Joseph Toogood passed away on 31 January 1980.
George was born at St Helens on 11 November 1901. The 1911 Census evidences the family living at 1 Linden Terrace, Brading. His father is listed as a yachting mariner and his mother was Alice. She had her hands full with eight daughters and eight sons, of which George was the fifth, all of whom were born at St Helens other than two-year old Ellen who was born in Brading.
In 1925 George married Mabel Florence Porter with whom he had one son Patrick Brian Toogood, born 1929. George was a painter and decorator by trade and goalkeeper for the pre-war St Helens Blue Star football club. After his playing days ended he continued as the club groundsman for many years.
Prior to the opening of Second World War hostilities he volunteered for the Auxiliary Fire Service and must have been living in Seaview as he was attached to the auxiliary station located in the Old Boathouse, Seaview. He remained in service throughout the war.
George was taken ill at home, Flat 3, 185 High Street, Ryde, and passed away at the Royal IW County Hospital. Mabel survived him by ten years.
Rest in peace Fireman Toogood.