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George Goddard

We are saddened by the death of Honorary Member and Past President of Faringdon Rotary, George Goddard. Those who knew George will remember him as a true gentleman and amusing raconteur with an impish sense of humour.

George joined Faringdon Rotary in June 1985, served two terms as Secretary and succeeded Chris France – Sarah Benson’s father – as President in July 1991.

George was born in Faringdon in 1922 and leaving school at 14 began employment with Mr Rose, Solicitor then based at Sudbury House. One of his duties at that time was to attend to Mr Rose’s horse. His employment with Crowdy & Rose continued for the rest of his working life except for the interruption of WWII when he was posted to Burma and served with Wingate’s Chindits and was mentioned in Dispatches. George recalled how, when he returned to work after the war, Mr Rose greeted him with the words: “Where have you been Goddard?”

Later, George joined the Burma Star Association and served as its President. The flags of the Association and the Royal British Legion were paraded at his funeral. Members may recall his moving reading at the VE Day Beacon Lighting at Faringdon Folly. This was to be the final public duty of a most popular Faringdonian.


I have received a letter from David Buxton, the newly elected President of the Probus Club of Faringdon & District, inviting retired Rotarians to go along to one of its meetings with a view to joining the club.

Our Rotary Club sponsored the foundation of the Probus Club back in 1982 and George Goddard was, until his recent death, the last remaining member of both clubs.

If you are interested in Probus, it meets at Sudbury House Hotel at 10.30am every other Monday where, following a speaker, members retire to the bar for a chat. If you are interested, please contact Les Dean, Secretary/Treasurer on 01367 242464 or

Though there is no formal link between Rotary and Probus, the Rotary President is an honorary member of Probus and I shall endeavour to attend one of its meetings during this year.


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