Andrew Goodall

Andrew Goodall, a former Dereham magistrate, school governors' chairman and long-serving Labour councillor, has died aged 88.

Andrew Goodall, a former Dereham magistrate, school governors' chairman and long-serving Labour councillor, has died aged 88.

He was widely respected for his devoted public service and had the rare honour of having a road in Toftwood named after him in his own lifetime.

Mr Goodall - known to many as Andy - lived in Dereham for more than 60 years and worked tirelessly for the town, while remaining fiercely proud of being a true Scot.

He was also a devoted family man and had recently celebrated 61 years of marriage to Muriel.


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Mr Goodall had a son Alisdair, daughter Angela, grandchildren Elaine and Simon and also two great grandchildren.

After serving as a wireless operator in the Army and getting the Military Medal, he moved to Norfolk with his wife in 1946.

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Mr Goodall joined the Post Office - later called British Telecom - and started routing telephone lines and worked his way up to be installations manager in Norwich.

He was long-time chairman of governors at Toftwood Middle School and a magistrate and also a lifelong supporter of the Labour Party.

He joined Dereham Urban District Council in 1952 and spent 27 years on the authority, including being chairman in 1967.

Mr Goodall was surprised and honoured at having the road off Hillcrest Avenue named after him.

Dereham town councillor Thelma Johnson paid tribute to Mr Goodall: "It is very humbling to be one of those following in the footsteps of a man who did so much for Toftwood and who even had a street named after him, in his own lifetime".

Breckland Labour leader Robin Goreham said: "Andy had a brilliant and incisive mind, and was a wonderful servant - both to the Labour movement and to his beloved adopted Toftwood. He will be greatly missed."

Mr Goodall's funeral service is at St Faith's Crematorium on Friday May 11, 11am.

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