26th October 1927 – 31st December 2014
A fond farewell to Geoffrey Pygall, Managing Director of Pickfords between 1976 and his retirement in 1988, and one of the major influencers in the post-war moving industry.
Joining the company as an ‘office boy’ in 1942, aged 14, Geoff rose through various management posts to become Managing Director of what was then two companies: Pickfords Removals and Pickfords Travel Service.
Geoff’s initiatives helped to change the face of the moving industry in the UK and worldwide, which included the introduction of advanced payment and a fixed rate for insurance based on the price of the move, as well as pioneering palletised storage using a unique, larger-sized container for better vehicle space utilisation.
As an influential figure with important politicians, Geoff lobbied hard on a number of issues such as consumer protection, licencing, and driver’s hours and restrictions.
He was also instrumental in facilitating the purchase of Pickfords from the government in 1982, allowing the company to flourish, causing stock to appreciate 100-fold when it went public in 1988.
Geoff’s own rise through the ranks inspired him to invest in the training of young people through the Removal Institute, of which he was national chairman in 1969. Geoff was also Vice President of the British Association of Removers (BAR) at the time of his appointment as MD, and President the following year.
The funeral was held on Tuesday 27th January at All Saints’ Church in Eastbourne, attended by Russell Start and Lyndsey Daykin from Pickfords, as well as many friends, family and other representatives of the industry he loved.