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Osborne dies at 81

GEOFFREY Osborne, one of the grand old men of civil engineering, has died, aged 81.

Mr Osborne, who died surrounded by his family at his home in Haselmere, Surrey, on Saturday after a long illness, founded the firm that bore his name in 1966.

He grew the Chichester-based company into a £200 million-turnover business employing 900 staff and remained actively involved with the firm as president until his death.

His son, Andrew, is the company's finance director.

Rosemary Beales, director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, said: 'He will be very deeply missed by civil engineering, both as an industry figure and as a person.'