Vale Geoff Handbury AO
The ACE Radio Network is mourning the death of founding owner Geoff Handbury AO. The 94-year-old has passed away surrounded by family at his home in Hamilton, Victoria.
He and wife Helen (sister of media baron Rupert Murdoch) launched ACE Radio in 1994 and under their guidance, the network grew to 13 stations and one newspaper.
Aside from his media interests, Handbury was also a Naval officer, farmer, businessman and philanthropist, who supported many regional communities, projects and organisations.
ACE Radio has issued a statement paying tribute to its founder, acknowledging enduring influence on the network.
“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 and will be remembered fondly. So many of our 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.”
Mrs Handbury passed away in 2004.