Alan Thomas Godden

Alan Thomas Godden. Photo by Sue Godden

Alan Thomas Godden. Photo by Sue Godden

Jon Moreno

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Friday, January 19, 2018 - 13:30

SHANKLIN town councillor Alan Thomas Godden has died at home on Saturday, January 13, aged 61, following a long illness.
Mr Godden joined the council with his wife, Sue, in May last year.
Despite having cancer, he continued as the Central ward councillor until his death.
Mr Godden moved to Shanklin from Elm Park, Essex, in 2014.
He married Sue (nee Waller) at Brentwood Register Office, Essex, on August 3, 2012.
The couple had met in the early 1970s, when they worked for the Cater Brothers supermarket chain - Mr Godden as a computer operator and Mrs Godden as a clerk.
It was his second marriage - the first lasting 30 years, from which he had two daughters.
Born in West Ham, East London, on February 15, 1956, Mr Godden, the youngest of four children, was educated in nearby Dagenham.
On leaving school, aged 15, he started his working life as an apprentice electrician in Hornchurch, East London, before he joined Cater Brothers, preparing food in its Dagenham warehouse.
After seven years with the company, he joined British Telecom (BT) as a planner. After gaining a degree in health and safety, Mr Godden became a full-time representative of the Communication Workers Union, the main trade union in the UK for people working for telephone, cable and postal delivery companies.
His role changed to inspecting exchanges on health and safety grounds and investigating accidents at work, while employed by BT.
Mr Godden retired in 2014.
He enjoyed walking, sight-seeing and socialising at the Royal British Legion's Shanklin branch and Shanklin Conservative Club.
A Jaguar owner, he was a member of the IW branch of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club. He was an avid fan of West Ham United.
Mr Godden is survived by his wife, two daughters, a stepson, two brothers and a sister. 

 


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