Tributes to a ‘complete gentleman’
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.