Geoffrey “Geoff” Porter

Geoff Porter of the New Apostolic Church, Fort Myers, FL Congregation, formerly of Schaumburg, IL congregation passed away, Wednesday, July 24th, 2019. At his request, there will be no wake or funeral.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to either:

New Apostolic Church, re Charitable Organization, 6005 Perry Highway, Erie, PA 16509


Brookfield Zoological Society, 8400 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513

Condolences to:
Renate Porter, Brian, Daniela, Nicole, Michael, Amy Porter and David Porter

Geoff was born December 17, 1954 and passed away at the age of 64. He worked as a hospital nurse and Hopi reservation nurse in Arizona for about a decade. He then was a hog farmer for another eight years and then worked at the Brookfield Zoo for nearly twenty years in a number of roles including as a docent. He was preceded into eternity by his parents Harlan Porter and Madora Porter (nee Nelson) and his brother Glenn Porter. He leaves his sister Glenda Huebscher (and Chuck) with nephews Zachary and Jeremy, sister-in-law Renate Porter, nephew David, nephew Brian and his wife Daniela and their three children Nicole, Michael and Amy.

Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.
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  1. Sandra Kappeler condolence:

    My sincere condolences to the family. Geoff will be missed. He was always friendly and smiling and always had a few funny jokes to tell. He is now in heaven so remember all the good times with Geoff and carry him in your heart.

  2. Dawn Garr condolence:

    The first time I met Geoff was at a Bowling for Rhinos fundraiser. We were on the same team, it had been many yrs since I bowled but he made me feel quite at home, along with some amazing jokes to break the ice!! I will miss his smile and his sense if humor. I consider myself lucky to have known this amazing man and I know he is already entertaining everyone up in the heavens. Peace, my friend!

  3. Russell M Evans condolence:

    Geoff was a dedicated docent volunteer and employee whose love for the zoo was unending. When he physically could no longer serve as a docent he was happy to serve as an employee driving the tram for a time and later working in the entrance booth at south gate. He was retained on our Friday Volunteer roster in the “alumni” category receiving all messages sent to the Friday people. He was happy to participate in our social activities to the extend his body would allow. We were sorry to see him depart for FL but now he is in a better place with a new body. Rest in peace dear friend. You are missed.

  4. Dave Fuentes condolence:

    I’ll never forget the great conversations Geoff and I had whan he was driving the “Snowball Express” at the zoo or his insights when he narrated the tram. I’ll miss saying hello to him at the south gate entrance when I visit the park. Peace to you, Geoff. It won’t be the same place without you.

  5. Laura Schafer condolence:

    Geoff was an amazing man. Trained me as a team driver. Always kind.
    BTW, what did the buffalo say when his boy went to college?

  6. Kathy Madura condolence:

    My sympathies to all on the loss of sweet Geoff. His caring nature and especially his wonderful and quirky sense of humor always made the world a better place.

  7. Kathy Seybold condolence:

    Rest in peace Geoff. Your sense of humor always kept us smiling. God bless you and your family.

  8. Kathy Bass condolence:

    Sorry to hear about the loss off Geoff and may the family and friends find peace with God in this matter. INdiana Cousins.

  9. Donald Krause condolence:

    I’m sorry to hear of Geoff’s passing. He and I were classmates in the 2008 CZS Docent Training class and became Friday docents as a result.

    I wanted to let you know that a donation of $471 to CZS has been made in his memory from his fellow Friday volunteers

    He will always remain a Friday Docent in our hearts

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