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Well known Ipswich businessman dies

PUBLISHED: 09:12 20 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

THE Ipswich motor industry and the sports world is reeling today from the sudden death of Geoff Baker.

Mr Baker, who owned Whip Street Motors and was an all round sports enthusiast and former boxing champion, was enjoying an evening out on Saturday when he collapsed.

THE Ipswich motor industry and the sports world is reeling today from the sudden death of Geoff Baker.

Mr Baker, who owned Whip Street Motors and was an all round sports enthusiast and former boxing champion, was enjoying an evening out on Saturday when he collapsed.

An ambulance was called to the Man on the Moon pub in Palmcroft Road, Ipswich, just after 9pm but there was nothing that could be done to revive the father of five.

Mr Baker's wife, Sue, still in deep shock at the loss of the man she had been with for almost 25 years, spoke from the family home in Henley Road with sadness at the suddenness of his death.

"Geoff was such a well-known sports personality. He was into rugby, football, golf and boxing, he also fought Joe Bugner," she said.

A post mortem examination was being held on Mr Baker, 61, to determine the cause of death. He leaves five sons, a step-son and step-daughter.

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