Geoffrey Lee Painter

October 30, 1966July 4, 2019
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Geoff Painter of West Palm Beach, Florida, formerly of Kingston upon Hull, England died tragically on July 4, 2019. He was born October 30, 1966 in Barnstaple, England. He is survived by his wife Debbie, son Mark, mother Janet Painter of Little Weighton, England and cousin Alison Wells of London, England.

Geoff was accepted into the Royal Air Force as an Officer Cadet in 1989 and was stationed at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire, England. On leaving the RAF Geoff worked in financial staff recruitment, before opening his own recruitment agency in Kingston upon Hull which he ran successfully for 10 years. Seeking another career change, in 2003, Geoff decided to return to his real passion, flying, choosing helicopters over fixed wing aircraft. After completing his helicopter flight training in Florida he worked as a helicopter Flight Instructor before establishing Cloud 9 with his business partner in 2005.

Geoff’s first passion was always his family, whom he loved dearly. In addition to his zeal for flying, he also enjoyed clay and game shooting, fast cars and was an ardent England Rugby Union fan. Geoff was a friend to everyone he met and a mentor to many. He was always generous with his time and energy, and encouraged and facilitated the dreams of others, helping them realize their full potential. Geoff will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Blue skies & tail winds forever!

Geoff’s Celebration of Life Service will be held from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Center, 6411 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL, 33405.

Contributions may be made in his memory to either Little Smiles Florida ( or Panther Ridge Conservation of West Palm Beach (


  • Celebration Of Life Service Wednesday, July 17, 2019


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Greg Vandermeulen

July 19, 2019

There is a song written by Emerson Lake and Palmer. The song is called “Lucky Man”. It is a short song about a man that left us too soon.
I first met Geoff about the time he started cloud 9. I had just moved to Jupiter Florida. Like most wanabe pilots all you needed was the desire to fly, the desire to learn and a boat load of money. I spoke with Geoff about pursuing my flying career. He was very knowledgeable and very personable. I thought wow, what a nice guy and how impressive, he started his own flight school. Doing what he loved. “WHAT A LUCKY MAN HE WAS”
My boat load of money was gone, but I wanted to introduce my son to flying. I called Geoff to set up a demo flight. Geoff knew the flight was not going to lead to a new student, but man I tell you Geoff was happy to let my son attempt to hover for the first time in the R22. After the flight I could tell by the look on Geoff’s face that he was genuinely happy to have introduced my son to Helicopter flight. “WHAT A LUCKY MAN HE WAS”
I have seen Geoff out flying Helicopters most pilots only dream of flying. “WHAT A LUCKY MAN HE WAS”
Adding my Instrument rating with Cloud 9, I had the opportunity to get to know the backbone of the operation, Geoff’s wife; Debbie. Chatting with Debbie I learned that they have been together for many years and had a son. “WHAT A LUCKY MAN HE WAS”
I enjoyed seeing pictures of flights Geoff posted on social media. I can tell you pictures do not convey the beauty and the feeling you get when you are up there. “WHAT A LUCKY MAN HE WAS”
TIME is the most precious commodity in the universe. I am glad I had the opportunity to spend a little time with Geoff. Now whenever I play the song “LUCKY MAN” I will think of Geoff.
Rest in Peace Geoff.
To Geoff's family : My thoughts are with you.

Justin Skinner

July 17, 2019

I am forever grateful for everything Geoff did for my family and I. Working at Cloud 9 with Geoff was one of the greatest years of my life. He taught me a lot about flying but more importantly about life. He was not only a great friend but a great mentor. From day one he made me feel at home at Cloud 9. Even after I left he would check in to see how things were and make sure I was staying safe. I will never forget the great times we had and I’ll never forget you. Blue skies and tailwinds Geoff Painter, you were a GREAT man!

Mark Davy

July 17, 2019

Friend and Pilot who I learned huge amount from and shared some amazing flying experiences with over the years and who helped create an amazing period of my in Florida which I will always remember and for which I will always be truly grateful. tail winds and blue skies Geoff Painter
Thoughts are with those he left behind
Love from Mark x

Michael Cumberlidge

July 17, 2019

Geoff was an incredible man, he taught me far more in my short time training at cloud 9 than I would ever have expected both about flying but lessons of life.

A true gentleman that on more than one occasion tested just how fast my heart could beat.

My thoughts go out to those Geoff has left behind, I know he will always be treasured by those that met him.

Petra Sobotova

July 16, 2019

“Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.”
—Dalai Lama
To me (and my father, Petr) Geoff was a teacher and a friend. He loved to share his knowledge with anyone willing to learn. The way he taught wasn’t just to tell us how to fly or explain the rules. He demonstrated how everything works, he explained reasons for things, and we will always be grateful for how generous he was, not just with his knowledge but with everything. I left the airport having learned certain skills, but also having learned about integrity, a word that describes Geoff’s character perfectly.
Geoff’s kind nature and patient demeanor will always be remembered. I hope he is flying somewhere beautiful now but I know that he lived a life worth living and enjoying. I am so grateful for the time I was able to spend with him, as is my father. Everyday, my father came home from flying with him, he returned with a smile on his face, excited to tell me about what Geoff taught him and how much fun they had.
While Geoff may no longer be with us, he continues to live on in the knowledge he shared as well as in our hearts. Thank you Geoff. Our sincerest condolences to Debbie and the family, our hearts are with you. We’re unfortunately not able to be in town to attend the service, but we will keep Geoff in our thoughts, tomorrow and everyday.
-Petra Sobotova, Petr Lukes, and Family


July 16, 2019

There was an acronym that was taught to us in the Flight instructor course at HAI flight school, (SALADSI) I think it was.
It was sort of a code of conduct for Professional Flight instructors

Safety - Safety first
Acceptance – accept the student
Language – use a common language
Appearance – appear presentable
Demeanor – Have a positive attitude
Sincerity – straight forward and honest
Integrity – strong moral principles

Geoff was all of the above and much much more, he was an outstanding individual that welcomed everyone to the aviation family that he ,Debbie & Mark built together with open arms.

I’ve always said he was the hardest working pilot that I’ve ever known.

We will honour you every time we fly, you will be forever in our thoughts.

R.I.P Geoff,

Dorota, Sean and myself are sending our hugs to you Debbie, Mark and the extended Cloud 9 family.

Dale Owens

July 15, 2019

Lisa and I are so very sorry for your loss. We immensely enjoyed working with Geoff and the entire Cloud 9 family at both the school and at the boat races. Geoff always demonstrated a tremendous energy and love for aviation and I enjoyed listening to all the great stories and experiences he had. I appreciated his friendship and his talent to mentor and train. You will be greatly missed my friend.
Dale and Lisa Owens

Hana Faett

July 15, 2019


Please accept my sincere sympathy on passing of your husband. His death was a total shock to all of us. It was so unexpected.
I was working with Geoff for the past two years and he was "simply the best". Always telling me how much he enjoys flying and how much he loves what he does.

My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

I miss you every day and always will.

Chris Tingle

July 14, 2019

Deepest sympathy to Debbie, Mark and Geoff's UK family from Chris Tingle and his old high school friends in Cottingham, England.

From an early age Geoff's ambition and passion was to become a pilot. I will always remember his pride as he started training with the Royal Air Force. Geoff had a great determination to achieve his goals and as part of his physical training as a teenager we hiked the Pennine Way together, over 250 miles of moors and dales from Derbyshire to Scotland. Despite the blisters and strained muscles Geoff never gave up until he reached the finish!

A number of Geoff's old school friends are meeting up in Cottingham next weekend, an event planned before the tragic accident. Our thoughts will be with you in Florida this coming week and we will pay our own respects to Geoff on Saturday.

Chris Tingle

Robert Christensen

July 14, 2019

The qualities of a great man are "vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.
These are the words of Dwight Eisenhower that precisely describe Geoff.

Geoff was a true inspiration to us all. A gifted man of integrity, rare skills, and encouragement. He made a lasting impression upon us all, with his ability to share his knowledge, special skills, and enduring lessons. Along with his terrific sense of humor, and positive reflection on life as an aviator, he frequently shared stories of reinforcement.
I join the many who have gained vast respect and admiration of Geoff, and will never forget his wonderful smile, the twinkle in his eyes, nor the sound of his laughter. In unity, we all proudly salute you and provide our highest honor to your memory.
My most sincere thoughts of encouragement and high regards to Debbie, Mark, and the entire Cloud9 family.