Thursday 13 December 2018

David Goodes (1925-2018)

Sadly David died this morning at The Old Rectory in Harbledown.

"David (15/04/1925 - 17/01/2018) was one of the most outstanding members of the Common Room in the last 70 years. He taught English (and a bit of Latin) here at King's from 1951-1986 and then ran a book store for a further dozen years. He was housemaster of Riversleigh (a waiting house in the London Road) for five years. He looked after the Walpole Collection, was secretary of the Exhibition Fund Committee and much more. He will be best remembered for two things; he ran the Boat Club for twenty-one years, starting up rowing in eights and in his time the 1st VIII reached four semi-finals and three finals in the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Henley and won the School's Head of the River Race three times. But perhaps his greatest love was music. He played the viola in the School Orchestra, performing in forty-five King's Weeks, and also conducted the Chamber Orchestra. He was later conductor of the Canterbury Orchestra for several years. A very remarkable schoolmaster and a much loved and widely admired man."

Michael Dover has written about David Goodes on the website 'Hear The Boat Sing.' The funeral will take place at Barham Crematorium near Canterbury (CT4 6QU) at noon on Tuesday 13th February followed by a reception at The Jackdaw, Denton. No flowers by request but, if desired, donations to The Music Department of The King's School can be made using this link . The Memorial Service to celebrate his life will take place on Friday 16th March at 2pm in the Quire of Canterbury Cathedral to be folowed by refreshments in the Chapter House. It would be extremely helpful if you could please click on this link to let us know if you will be attending either of these occasions.


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