Former British Finance Minister Geoffrey Howe died

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Who: Geoffrey Howe
Where: Idlicote, England
What: Died
When: 9 October 2015

Geoffrey Howe, Britain’s former treasury chief, died on 9 October 2015 due to a suspected cardiac arrest in Idlicote, England. He was 88.

Howe, who administered Britain’s recovery from recession in the 1980s, was a champion of closer European unity.

He was Margaret Thatcher’s longest-serving Cabinet minister who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1979 to 1983, Foreign Secretary from 1983 to 1989, Leader of the House of Commons from 1989 to 1990 and Deputy Prime Minister from 1989 to 1990.

He hailed as one of the great leaders of the Conservative party and emerged out as a quiet hero of the Thatcher years.

Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe was born on 20 December 1926 in Port Talbot, Wales. He obtained his early education from Bridgend Preparatory School in Bryntirion, Abberley Hall School in Worcestershire and Winchester College in Hampshire. Later, he studied law from Trinity Hall, Cambridge.