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Tributes paid to 'well-loved' and 'marvellous' John Goddard from Great Barton



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Tributes have been paid to a ‘marvellous’ father who spent the latter stages of his life volunteering at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.

John Goddard, of Great Barton, died last Tuesday aged 81 after a short battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.

John, who his family said faced the cancer with ‘immense courage and dignity’, was well-known across the East of England, working as a sales representative and agricultural engineer for Barclay Motors before taking up voluntary work.

John spent 14 years volunteering at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge Picture by Addenbrooke's Hospital
John spent 14 years volunteering at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge Picture by Addenbrooke's Hospital

“We have been told by many people that the church would have been full,” said John’s daughter Michelle.

She added: “It’s a bit of a shock. He was active up until he was diagnosed and it hit us like a steam train.”

Prior to his death, John spent 14 years volunteering in the main reception at Addenbrooke’s, travelling the 74-mile round trip every Thursday along the A14 ‘come rain or shine’.

John spent the last years of his life in Great Barton
John spent the last years of his life in Great Barton

He came to volunteer at the hospital after his attending with his wife who was later diagnosed with dementia and had to be put into a care home.

Michelle said the family had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response from John’s colleagues at the hospital - they have proposed to lower their flag on the same day as his funeral next week.

Maggie Brown, volunteer service manager at Addenbrooke’s, said John was ‘well-loved’ by staff and patients alike.

"He was with us for just over 14 years and received a 10-year award for his services," she said.

John at his grandson's graduation in 2018
John at his grandson's graduation in 2018

"He always had a smile and always had time to speak to people."

"He would come in early for his shift and was probably there before many of the staff - he couldn't do enough for us," she added.

John had an illustrious career before his volunteering however, working at Barclay Motors in Bury St Edmunds, from the age of 15.

John's daughter Michelle said her father enjoyed his pints
John's daughter Michelle said her father enjoyed his pints

In 1968 he moved to Tripp Batt, Stanton where he stayed until he retired in 2004.

Michelle said her father often enjoyed trips to his caravan in Norfolk and the occasional pint.

John in his younger years
John in his younger years

Michelle and the family have set up a fund-raising page in honour of John to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

To donate, visit: https://togetherinmemory.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/in-memory/John-Goddard

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