George Eley

 George Eley passed away on 22nd December 2017 aged 99 Years


ELEY GEORGE REGINALD Peacefully at home on 22nd December, aged 99 years. Loving and much-loved Husband of Hilary, Father of Crispin and Tristram. Memorial service 2pm Thursday 25th January at Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road, Brighton. Family flowers only, alternatively donations to Royal Air Forces Association (

George was Shiverers oldest member, not only was he a swimmer but he was Club coach for many years going on to be Club President.

Jim and John Funnell have shared their memories of George and his time with the club and Jim has written these memories down to share with us:

George had three brothers, Doug, Ernest (Bullet) and Gus.  Doug and Ernest were also members of the club, Doug was the Secretary and a coach for many years, whereas Ernest was a water polo player. Gus lived in London.

George was married to Hilary and they had two sons, Crispin and Tristram who were both good swimmers and club members.  Crispin was the eldest who did particularly well at University and has a good job in America, one of his sons became an Officer in the US Marine Corp.  The other brother Tristram married an Australian and was involved in the fishing industry, he had his own fishing vessel but sadly lost his life about ten years ago when he had an accident on board and ruptured his spleen, Hilary and George were devastated.

George was a parachute instructor during the 1939 -1945 War.  When he was demobbed he became a school teacher at the Hove Manor Boys School, where he was particularly successful during the 1950’s coaching the four-member swimming team to win the National Schools team championship in four successive years, he later became a teacher a the Varndean Grammar School.

George was a good swimmer, he was Club and County Champion in the 220, 440 and 880 yards races (this was prior to metric).  He was also a good water polo player, I (Jim) played with him in the same team when I first started, my father used to be a member of the Brighton Swimming Club and used to mark George who at the time was a young man, apparently it used to be quite acrimonious.

George was Club Coach for many years, he took over from Carl Wootton who was well known in the National scene, then Ian took over from him in 1982.  George was Club President for many years.