The Diocese mourn the loss of Jack Goodwin, who has died at the age of ninety two.
His family tell us that Jack was born in Sheffield and was a parishioner of St Vincent’s parish and attended the parish school. After school Jack became a plumber.
He met his future wife, Joan, when he went to a job in a house where she was babysitting. They decided to marry and Joan converted from Judaism to become a Catholic.
Throughout his life Jack put his plumbing skills to good use to the benefit of many parishes in the Diocese including St Anthony’s, Gleadless, Our Lady of Lourdes, Hackenthorpe and St Theresa’s, Manor. He organised work at St Wilfrid’s Centre, refurbishing the shower and kitchen.
Joan and his children were very supportive of his parish work and together the family organised games evenings for people with disabilities. These evenings were great fun and ended with bingo and a fish and chip supper.
He regularly visited sick parishioners in addition to providing entertainment in local Care Homes, where residents enjoyed his rendition of Albert and the Lion.
Jack was a Minister of the Eucharist for twenty five years. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.
May he rest in peace.