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Industry pays tribute as Geoffrey Pointon dies from Covid-19

Industry pays tribute as Geoffrey Pointon dies from Covid-19

Geoffrey Pointon, founder of Pointon York and a self-invested personal pension veteran, has passed away after contracting Covid-19.

According to local reports, Mr Pointon died in Kettering General Hospital on April 2, aged 82, after being infected with the coronavirus.

He was a well-known figure in the Sipp and Ssas world after setting up his firm Pointon York in 1970.

He sold his business in 2014 to fellow Sipp provider Curtis Banks.

Quoted in local paper The Rutland and Stamford Mercury, Mr Pointon’s four sons and daughter said he had enjoyed a “long and illustrious career in the pension and insurance industry”.

They added: “He will be missed by all who knew him, his charisma and good humour never failed to make people smile. A great man, and a wonderful father who meant the world to all of us.”

People from across the industry have taken to twitter to post their tributes.

Claire Trott, chairwoman of the Association of Member-Directed Pension Schemes, said: “It is with considerable sadness that Amps have learned of the passing of Geoffrey Pointon. Geoffrey had a significant impact on the Sipp and Ssas industry over the years, with many peoples' careers and businesses growing from working with and for Geoffrey. 

“Our thoughts are with his family and all those that knew him at this difficult time.”

Martin Gilbert, vice chairman at Standard Life Aberdeen and chairman of Aberdeen Standard Investments, said: “Just heard my friend Geoffrey Pointon has passed away - another victim of the virus. A great guy who will be sadly missed. My thoughts are with his family and friends and all those who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to this virus.”

Graham Bentley, managing director of investment consultancy gbi2, said: “Sad to hear Geoffrey Pointon passed away from Covid-19. A real innovator; his importance in history of pensions biz can’t be overstated. 

“While running Henderson’s East Midlands office in ‘80s, I learned much more from him than vice versa - and not a man to be trifled with!”

Meanwhile, Alicia Kearns, Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton, said: “Enormously saddened by the death of Geoffrey Pointon He had an enormous capacity for laughter and was personally very kind to me in my first few months as MP for which I was so grateful. 

“My heartfelt sympathies go out to all his friends and loved ones - he will very much be missed.”

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