Roger Thornes Goolden - The funeral has taken place of Roger Thornes Goolden who lived at Weston Lane, Oswestry then Meifod, Welshpool and died at The Lodge Nursing Home, Welshpool on 23rd May 2014 aged 81. He leaves his wife Barbara, son Jonathan, grandchildren Elizabeth, Emily and Oliver, brother Alec and nephews John, Peter and Michael.
He was born on 19th February 1933 at Disley in Cheshire and was educated at Denstone College, Uttoxeter. He saw active service as a 2nd Lieutenant with the South Staffordshire Regiment in Egypt from 1951-53 and received the General Service Medal with Canal Zone clasp in 2005. He was Clerk of Works of Moreton Hall School, Weston Rhyn from1963 to 1993, overseeing a significant expansion of the buildings and facilities of the school.
The funeral service and burial was held at St Tysilio and St Mary’s Parish Church, Meifod and was conducted by Rev’d Jane James and Rev’d Glyn Morgan with organ music played by Malcolm Clarke.
Family mourners were: Barbara Goolden (wife), Jonathan Goolden (son), Dr Hayley Hood (daughter in law), Elizabeth, Emily and Oliver Goolden (grandchildren), Alec Goolden (brother), Ethne Goolden (sister in law), Peter Goolden (nephew), Joshua Goolden (great nephew), Anne and Sandie Gair, Sheila Hoddinott, Lady Pamela Stewart-White and Lucy Mockett.
Other mourners were: Dean “Oscar” Aldridge (also rep. Camilla Pickstock) ,Maggie Baldock, Nigel Baldwin, Mandy Barnes, Liv Beckett (also rep. the Headmaster, and Director of Development, Ellesmere College), David and Mona Breeze, Claire Brook, Jane Burnett, Malcolm, Joyce, Alice and Philip Clarke, Cdr and Mrs Bob Clifford, Susan Correll, Barry Davies, Diana Deakin, Ruth Dean, Carolle Doyle, Anne Evans (also rep. The Lodge Nursing Home), Daphne Evans (also rep. Tim Evans, Helen Hughes and Lyn O’Connor), Hywel Evans, John and Valerie Geddes, Mary Gittins, Pen Godber, Valerie Howell, Gaynor Hughes (also representing Terry, John and Sian Hughes), Keith Hunter, Anne Jones, Millie Jones, - Bob Knill, Doreen Leggatt, Lynne Lloyd, Beryl Loake (also rep. Keith Shuttleworth), Neil McKeown, Anne Murray, W Pethnerbridge, County Councillor Eldrydd Jones, Sharon and Gareth Owen, Jane Roberts, Ann Robinson, Lynn Rowles, Mark Rowles, Timonie Sadler, Philippa Scorer, Mandy Simpson, Peter and Mary Stevens, Patricia Thomas, C Trant, Elaine and Jim Watts, Lyn Whiting and Janet Williams.
Barbara, Jonathan and family wish to express their heartfelt thanks to all relatives and friends for their kindness and support at this difficult time, especially in view of Barbara’s recent illness and for your kind donations which will be divided equally between Asbestos Support West Midlands and Meifod Parish Church. Very special thanks also to the staff of the Lodge Nursing Home, Welshpool for their loving care of Roger, to Rev’d Jane Jones and Rev’d Glyn Morgan for all their support and to the staff of David Davies and Sons, Oswestry for their calm professionalism.
Published in the County Times on Fri 11 Jul 2014