Obituary: George Tasker 1937-2013

Monday, 15 April, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce that STEP Founder George Tasker passed away on 12 April, aged 76, following a long struggle with cancer.

George conceived and founded STEP in 1991 with the express aim of uniting all of the practitioners in the trust and estate field and cutting across long-established professional boundaries. George was Chairman for three years, after which he was elected STEP’s first worldwide President.

For many years George was a Senior Trust Manager with Chartered Accountants Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), a co-author of their Trust Manual, a member of their National Trust Committee and of their Trust Quality Control Inspectorate.

In 1991, George set up his own practice, George Tasker Inheritance, as a registered trust practitioner and inheritance consultant drawing on his 40 years’ experience to provide technical support to firms of accountants, solicitors and independent financial advisors.

He has been lecturing for over 30 years on legal subjects to many of the main professional bodies including Chartered and Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Taxation, the Institute of Bankers and the Life Assurance and Securities Institutes. He was accredited by the Law Society and the Institute of Legal Executives as an approved lecturer to their qualified members as part of their continuing professional development schemes. Additionally, George was an occasional speaker on local radio, a writer in the business press and co-author of various technical publications. During his retirement, George became a keen archer.

George retired in early 2007 and resigned as President of STEP in late 2006, at which time STEP awarded him the official title of ‘Founder’.

George leaves behind his wife to whom he was married for over 40 years, three grown up children and four grandchildren. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

George will be greatly missed by the many friends he made in STEP wherever he went. A full tribute will be published in the June issue of the STEP Journal.