Gerald Broadbent - Sandbach 41 Club
Gerald Broadbent (1928 – 2014)
Sandbach 41 Club wishes to mark the passing of Gerald Broadbent, a past Chairman of their Club in 1980-81.
Gerald’s life can easily be summed up: he had an innate passion and love for the motor vehicle. A former pupil of Sandbach Grammar School, Gerald became a designer for a local engineering company, Boalloy, based in Congleton. His passion for engineering and the motor vehicle were combined whilst at Boalloy. It was here that Gerald engendered so many friendships and the admiration of his work colleagues. His manner was easy of address. Gerald was always willing to offer support and assistance to anyone. Perhaps it was this style that ensured his team’s full support in his invention of the Tautliner, or curtain-side, that we see on most HGV’s today. His invention of the Tautliner provided Gerald, and his team, with two Design Council Awards and eventually a place on the judging panel.
Not only was Gerald a member of Round Table and 41 Club, he was a proud member of Rotary who honoured him with the Paul Harris Fellowship, an award for services to the Community. His passion for rugby, generated at an early age at Sandbach School, flowed through to Sandbach Rugby Club and his love of the School made him a natural member the Old Sandbachian’s Association.
Travel featured highly in Gerald and Betty’s worlds. Gerald travelled the world on business and shared his experiences with friends and family often suggesting holiday destinations he had found interesting.
Gerald’s life revolved around his family. He leaves a wife, Betty, daughters Sally and Amanda with their partners, along with Grand Children and Great Grand Children. A significant number of former colleagues, friends and relations attended his funeral.
As we continue to travel on our roads seeing the Tautliner, we shall ever be reminded of this kind hearted gentleman. A true pillar of the community whose friendship and guidance will be truly missed by many.