Tributes to Journal editor, football club chairman and ‘old-fashioned gentleman’

Fred Goodliff
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TRIBUTES have been paid to one of Grantham’s best-known figures, who passed away at home on Tuesday at the age of 90.

Fred Goodliff was editor of the Grantham Journal for 17 years as well as chairman of Grantham Town Football club during its most successful years.

His wife, Madge, predeceased him.

Mr Goodliff relinquished the editorship of the Journal in January 1985, but stayed on as consultant editor until March of that year when he completed a career of 50 years with the newspaper.

He had served in the RAF during the Second World War and was hugely involved in the life of Grantham.

His niece, Stephanie Smith, told the Journal that her uncle was very proud of the town of his birth.

She said: “He was a Granthamian - he was intensely interested in the town.

“He had wanted to live to see Grantham get its bypass.”

“Everyone keeps saying what a gentleman he was.

“He genuinely was an old-fashioned gentleman - that’s the best way I can describe him.”

Mr Goodliff was a member and chairman of Grantham Round Table, a founder member and chairman of Grantham Crime Prevention Panel, vice-chairman and chairman of Grantham Town Football Club, of which he was a director for 17 years, and a founder member and chairman of Grantham Indoor Bowling Club. More recently he was also a member of The Table-Enders, a club for former Round Table members.

Pat Royce, who worked alongside him as secretary of Grantham Indoor Bowls Club, said: “His involvement in the club was phenomenal.

“He was always very calm and knew what he was talking about. He always had the interests of the club at heart.

“What he didn’t know about Grantham wasn’t worth knowing.

“He was a special, very lovely man.”

Former Journal editor Nick Woodhead worked for Mr Goodliff as sports editor at the Journal.

He said: “Fred was my editor when I first joined the Journal as sports editor, which was a daunting prospect - not only because he was the top man in the business and widely respected in the Grantham community, but because he was also the former chairman of the football club and was widely admired for what he had done.

“I got to know Fred better when I was honoured to take on the role of editor myself, and he was a helpful and wise counsellor who always had his finger on the pulse of the mood of the town.”

• Mr Goodliff’s funeral takes place at 12.30pm on Tuesday, October 18 at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, Harrowby Road, Grantham. Donations are being accepted for Diabetes UK.