Wanting to raise their family by the sea, Geoff and Cheryl moved back to Port Lincoln in 1983...
15/10/1950 - 18/6/2019
GEOFFREY Richard Bayly was born at the Port Lincoln Hospital on October 15, 1950 to Colin and Dorothy Bayly.
Geoff was a well-known and highly respected member of the Eyre Peninsula community and will be remembered for his love of family, friends and the natural environment.
Geoff's childhood was a happy and carefree one, centred around his family, the sea and the bush.
He attended Port Lincoln Primary and high schools, where he excelled in his studies of science.
He spent much of his spare time fishing, sailing, surfing, working on prawn boats out of Port Lincoln, or as an abalone sheller in Elliston.
After studying in Adelaide, Geoff began his teaching career in Peterborough.
Here he further developed his love of living in the country and his passion for making a difference in the lives of young people.
Later, he moved to Burra and in 1977 he began his married life with Cheryl.
Geoff relished the rural lifestyle - growing his own fruit and vegetables, renovating their heritage cottage and rescuing birds of prey.
In 1978, Geoff and Cheryl welcomed their first child into the world, their son, Tom and later in 1982, their daughter Katie.
In 1981, a 12-month teaching exchange position in Canada gave Geoff and Cheryl many unique adventures and they created lifelong friendships.
Wanting to raise their family by the sea, Geoff and Cheryl moved back to Port Lincoln in 1983 and Geoff began teaching at Port Lincoln High School.
He introduced the marine science curriculum - inspiring his students through his love of the ocean.
Geoff strongly believed young people deserved the best education possible, regardless of their background.
He placed positive, respectful relationships with his students at the centre of his teaching philosophy.
In the early 1990s, Geoff studied his Masters in Aquaculture.
With his close friend Geoff Schulze, he put this knowledge into practice by starting the first snapper, and later kingfish, hatchery in the warm water outlet of the Port Augusta power station.
This exciting venture allowed Geoff to put his knowledge of aquaculture, marine science and experience with recreational fishing to good use.
Later in 1998, Geoff led a research project to develop a pelleted feed for southern bluefin tuna in Port Lincoln.
He enjoyed this further opportunity to work in the fishing industry. When the project closed in 2006, he returned to teaching at the high school where he stayed until his retirement in 2014.
For the past four and a half years, Geoff was an elected member of the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council.
Amongst other special projects as a councillor advocating for people in his district, he was instrumental in the restoration and display of the Auster aircraft at the Port Lincoln Airport - a project which reflected his strong interest in local history and the importance of the fishing industry to Port Lincoln.
Geoff will be fondly remembered as a loyal, kind and caring friend.
He was devoted to and loved his family deeply. He and Cheryl lived a rich, happy life together for 42 fulfilling years.
His two children were the light of his life, he was blessed with four beautiful granddaughters and treasured the partners his children had chosen.
Geoff passed away unexpectedly at home on June 18, 2019 following an incredibly happy five-week caravanning trip around Western Australia with Cheryl.
This adventure epitomised Geoff's love for the outdoor life, for nature in all its diversity, for his keen interest in Aboriginal culture and history, his love of a good chat with whomever he met and for spending quality time with his soul mate, Cheryl.
Geoff will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.