The independently owned regional network ACE Radio has acknowledged the passing of its founding owner, Geoff Handbury. The company released this statement on Tuesday:
Geoff passed away peacefully on Tuesday, aged 94, surrounded by his family at his home in Hamilton, Western Victoria.
Geoff began ACE Radio in 1994 with his late wife Helen and saw the company expand to house 13 stations and one newspaper whilst he was at the helm.
[His wife Helen was the eldest child of Sir Keith and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and sister to media entrepreneur Rupert Murdoch. One of Geoff’s four children is publisher Matt Handbury.]
Geoff wore many hats in his life – sailor, naval officer, farmer, entrepreneur and businessman, importer and exporter, radio network owner and, more importantly, devoted husband, father and friend. He was also a philanthropist who generously supported many regional communities, projects and organisations, including many within areas ACE operates in.
ACE Radio would simply not be the thriving business and regional radio stalwart it is without the guidance of Geoff, his knowledge and innovation, integrity, and passion for the industry.
Geoff was a treasured friend and mentor to the management and staff of the ACE Radio Network
So many of the Ace staff are grateful to Geoff and to Helen Handbury for the opportunity to work for a truly family-oriented and regionally minded company.
The radio industry has lost a true gentleman today. We offer our sincere condolences to his family.
Top Photo: Geoff and Helen Handbury in 1997. Source: News Corp