Tributes to a ‘com­plete gen­tle­man’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A LOV­ING wife has paid her re­spects to her phi­lat­e­list hus­band, who was also a dis­trict coun­cil­lor.

Charles Goodwyn died on Wed­nes­day, June 10 and left be­hind his wife, Ju­dith, his four chil­dren and nine grand­chil­dren. The 81-year-old had lived in Amer­sham High Street for 52 years.

Mr Goodwyn was keeper of the Royal Philatelic Col­lec­tion from Septem­ber 1995 to Jan­uary 2003. He was an ex­pert in the phi­lately of Hong Kong and China.

Mrs Goodwyn, who met her hus­band at his 25th birth­day party in Lon­don, said: “He was a great col­lec­tor of stamps, he had an enor­mous fas­ci­na­tion. It was his all en­com­pass­ing hobby, in his job he was in charge of the most pre­cious stamp col­lec­tion in the world.”

Her hus­band had his own flat at Buck­ing­ham Palace. Mr and Mrs Goodwyn would visit dif­fer­ent coun­tries across the Com­mon­wealth with stamp ex­hi­bi­tions.

From 1991 to 1993, he served as pres­i­dent of the Royal Philatelic So­ci­ety Lon­don. Be­sides col­lect­ing stamps, Mr Goodwyn en­joyed cricket and hockey.

Mrs Goodwyn said: “He was won­der­ful, he had a lovely sense of hu­mour, he was kind and a com­plete gen­tle­man. When he came into the room, the fun came out, peo­ple loved him.”

He had been the chair­man of the Chiltern Dis­trict coun­cil plan­ning com­mit­tee, where he was first elected as a coun­cil­lor in 1976 and he was made honorary al­der­man in 1987.

His wife said: “He has al­ways been a doer, he al­ways had wanted to be in­volved in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, he thor­oughly en­joyed his work at Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil.”

The cou­ple were mem­bers of the Amer­sham So­ci­ety and loved liv­ing in the town.

Mrs Goodwyn said: “It is an ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful place to live with the most lovely com­mu­nity.”

The fa­ther-of four had also been a church war­den at St Mary’s in Old Amer­sham for over 10 years.

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