Mr F. W. Goodliff

Obit - Fred Goodliff
Obit - Fred Goodliff

MR Frederick William Goodliff (Fred), of Grantham, has died at home. He was 90.

Born in Grantham, in 1920, he was one of two children and the only son of the late William and Alice Goodliff.

He was very proud of his father, a railway passenger guard, who became Mayor of Grantham in 1951.

In March 1949 at St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham, he married Madge Cadwallader, eldest daughter of Tom and Phoebe Cadwallader, licencees of Fletchers public house in Westgate, Grantham.

The couple were not blessed with children, but they were close to their niece and nephew, Stephanie and Christopher.

Following service in the Royal Air Force - some of that time spent in Scotland, using his interest in sport to help in the fitness training of pilots - he began his career with the Grantham Journal, a career to last 50 years, moving through the ranks to sports editor, and then for the last 17 years holding the post of editor.

He was closely involved with Grantham Football Club, and was a director for 12 years, before becoming chairman in 1972. During these years he was involved in some of the most important moments of the club’s history, including the appointment of Terry Bly as manager, and promotion to the Southern League.

A founder member of Grantham and District Indoor Bowls Club, the game became a passion with Fred - he loved being part of the winning team - and was a hard-working chairman for a number of years.

Mr Goodliff was also a member and chairman of Grantham Round Table, a founder member and chairman of Grantham Crime Prevention Panel, and latterly a member of Table Enders.

Giving his time to contribute towards life in Grantham gave him such pleasure. He was a Granthamian through and through - and we have really lost a gentleman of the old school.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland. Burial followed in Grantham cemetery.

Family mourners included: Stephanie and Mac Smith, Jill O’Neill, Timothy Smith, Sophie Smith, William Clark and Jacqueline Clark.

Other mourners included: Bernard Manterfield, Mr and Mrs P. Cox, John Hare, David and Stephanie Lines, Sue and Tim Redmile, Glenda Bly, Vanessa Ingle, David and Ruth Holme, John Housley, Leslie Selby, Betty McDonald, Mr and Mrs Curry, Graham Wilson, Bruce and Margaret Allen, John Morris, Carole Couzens, John Couzens, Sheila Holland, Lionel and Pat Royce, Michael Townsend, M. Bradley, Peter and Elaine Holmes, John Holmes, Marlene Ellis, John Pask, Bob Spruth, Yvonne and Howard Porter, Denhys Lambley, Peter and Caroline Collins, Bebe and Debbie Lindfield, Peter Townsend, Mr and Mrs Greasley, Margaret Newton, Alan Newton, Ray Johnson, Audrey Flemming, Jean Ward, Sylvia Rayner, Elisabeth Watton, Peggy O’Callaghan, Howard and Pauline Imber, Jenny Geeson, Colin Ironmonger, Jeff and Ann Wyles and Gerry Wright.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

Donations for the Diabetic Association amount to £180 to date.