Former Councillor and Honorary Freeman David Goodwin: 17th September 1956 to 4th September 2023

6 Sep 2023

Former Councillor and Honorary Freeman David Goodwin: 17th September 1956 to 4th September 2023

It is with great sadness that Guildford Liberal Democrats announce the death of our friend and colleague, David Goodwin. 

David was an intelligent and compassionate man who cared deeply for the people of Guildford, serving them tirelessly first as a Guildford Borough Councillor for Friary & St Nicolas ward from 1999 to 2015 and then Onslow ward for eight years from 2015 to 2023. David also served as a Surrey Council Councillor for 16 years from 2005-2021 representing the South West Guildford division.

David was a dedicated and hardworking councillor who fought hard for his residents and the people of Guildford borough. His interests and knowledge were wide-ranging and over his years as a councillor brought about so much positive change through his work.

Parliamentary Candidate Zöe Franklin shared her earliest memories of David:

“I first met David when he joined me on the doorsteps of Bellfields & Slyfield ward (then Stoke ward) when I was standing for council in 2008. I was completely new to political campaigning and David freely shared his time and wisdom with me (plus many jokes along the way!) and I was pleased to win and be able to join him on Guildford Borough Council. A few years later I served alongside him as his deputy when he was the Liberal Democrat Group (and opposition) Leader and once again enjoyed his wisdom while witnessing up close his deep dedication to his residents, the borough and the cause of Liberal Democracy.”

David will be missed by us and all of the Guildford Liberal Democrat team past and present. Our thoughts go out to his wife Angela and their daughter, Francesca, and all of his family and friends.

Zöe Franklin, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Guildford
Ciarán Doran, Chair of Guildford Liberal Democrats

Following the news, Liberal Democrat Group Leader and Guildford Borough Council Leader responded on behalf of Guildford Borough Council’s Liberal Democrat group saying:

“I first met David 12 years ago and his extensive knowledge and experience as a councillor was clear from the start. Throughout his time on Guildford Borough and Surrey County Councils he was a passionate advocate for the residents of his ward and right across Guildford and village.

“David was also known for being thorough and robust in his preparation and debates, a characteristic that got things done for his residents and served him well over the years during his time as a committee member, committee chair, executive member and Liberal Democrat Group Leader. 

“In June, it was an honour to see David made Freeman of the Borough in recognition of his tireless service and devotion to the people, charities and businesses of Guildford Borough. He will be greatly missed by myself and Lib Dem councillor colleagues past and present.”

Longstanding colleague and current Ash Wharf Borough Councillor and Guildford West County Councillor Fiona White shared her memories:

"David has been a good friend and a colleague.  He has been generous with his time, his encyclopaedic knowledge and his wisdom.  He was someone I could turn to for help and advice. He was never too busy to help.

I was honoured to propose him as an Honorary Freeman of Guildford earlier this year. It was a recognition of his service to his residents and the wider Guildford community and was richly deserved. He will be missed.

I will miss his friendship and being able to talk things through with him when I have needed to.

My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, his daughter and his whole family."

Former Borough and County Councillor Pauline Searle who was elected at the same time as David also shared her memories said:

“I will certainly miss David, he has been a true and Loyal friend over the many years I have known him.

David and I were both first elected to Guildford Borough Council in 1999, and though I was a complete novice in politics, David was very knowledgeable and a great source of helpful information.

In 2005 we both became Surrey County Councillors and I have very many happy memories of travelling together to County Hall. We always had a lot to talk about, David had an interest in a great many subjects. and we also had a similar taste in music.

David was a very hardworking Councillor and Loyal Lib Dem. A great supporter of the Party. There was never a Fundraiser that he was not involved in over the years, be it Jumble Sales, Book Fairs or Social events

He will certainly be missed by his residents., his colleagues and many friends.


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