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Goffs announce the passing of Harry Beeby

It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the death of our colleague and friend Mr Harry Beeby. Harry passed away peacefully in the loving care of his family at his home this morning, Thursday 28 October.

Goffs Chairman Eimear Mulhern said "Harry was a stalwart of the bloodstock industry for over 50 years.  Greatly respected, a mentor to many, a true friend and loyal colleague, he was first and foremost a family man. To his beloved wife Elizabeth, his son Goffs Group CEO Henry Beeby, daughters Caroline and Belinda and to his extended family and wide circle of friends, we offer our deepest condolences.

Harry had a true zest for life. He was one of life’s gentlemen and one of the great characters of the bloodstock and racing industries. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered wherever horsemen gather".

Harry Beeby was Managing Director of Doncaster Bloodstock Sales from 1976 to 1998 and Chairman until 2016. He also served as a director of Goffs from 2007 until 2018. An internationally recognised auctioneer, Harry was at the very centre of the bloodstock industry from the time he joined DBS as a partner in 1964 with Ken Oliver and Willie Stephenson. He was totally committed to his profession and the industry he loved and developed lifelong friends and a loyal clientele.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent said ‘The term ‘legend’ is often overused but I don’t think there is a better way of describing Harry Beeby. He was a great mentor to us all and he lived life to the full. He was also passionate about the sales in Doncaster and it is this passion that he has instilled in the current team.  He will be sadly missed by us all”.

The funeral service for Harry Beeby will take place at St Cuthbert’s Church, Hawick, Scotland, TD9 0EN at 12.45pm on Tuesday 9 November with burial afterwards.

A celebration of Harry’s life will take place at a future date in association with a Goffs UK Sale at Doncaster.  Details of this will be announced in due course. 

May he rest in peace.