Eric Godson – 26th May 2016
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death after a long battle with cancer of one of our longest-standing and best-loved members. Eric was not only a very good second tenor, but also the choir’s most prominent comedian, a real comic with a real talent.
He and his late wife Margaret for many years organised our annual social evening and audiences at our concerts for many years would have struggled to find the fire exits without the advice and guidance of Erica the air hostess! He also organised and directed with great humour both choir and audience in our annual “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. His will be a hard act to follow.
At his funeral in the majestic Beverley Minster, the choir sang the the songs Eric had requested, “The Rose”, “Gwahoddiad” and “Softly as I leave You”, songs that we also sang for Margaret some years ago. Son Will Godson delivered a very moving “Recollections of Dad’s Life” and daughters Jenny and Jan read an equally moving eulogy and a poem to say goodbye to their father. Our thoughts are very much with them at this sad time.
The funeral took place in the Church of Latter Day Saints on 11th February of Philip Smith, a recent President and very dear friend of the choir. We shall not forget Philip, a very generous and talented patron of the choir, even after his Presidency, whose death was sudden, unexpected and a great shock to all of us. He made a great contribution to our choir and Helen and family are very much in our thoughts.