Geoff, wife Jacquie, and their sons, Scott (15) and Andrew (13), died Dec. 24, 2016, in a house fire at their country home near Stoney Lake, Ontario. Words cannot express how deeply their loss is felt by their family and friends.

After growing up in New York City and attending the Browning School, Geoff majored in history, joined Cottage Club, and wrote his thesis at Princeton on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. His senior-year roommates were Steve Robertson and Tom Carruthers, who  along with many other classmates became lifelong friends.

After graduation, Geoff moved to Toronto and earned his law degree from the University of Toronto. In 1987, he joined Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Toronto, where he spent his entire career, rising to partner and founding the firm’s emerging-companies group. He met his beloved wife, Jacquie Gardner, a fellow lawyer at Osler, and they married in 2000.

Geoff’s many interests included cycling, reading, sailing, Ultimate Frisbee, spending time with friends, and most of all, his family. He was an enthusiastic coach, manager, and supporter of Scott and Andrew’s athletic endeavors, which included ice hockey, ball hockey, and soccer.

Geoff will be remembered for his sense of humor, intellect, tremendous generosity of spirit, and his passion for all aspects of life.

Geoff, Jacquie, Scott, and Andrew are survived by Geoff’s sister, Shelagh Taber ’84, and her family. The class extends its heartfelt condolences to them, and we share their sorrow.

To read Geoff’s memorial on the Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt website, visit

Undergraduate Class of 1982