Well-known figure in and around the Bay, Shirley Goddard passed away suddenly on 5th October. Shirley lived an interesting life filled with adventure and community service. She was a quiet, kind, generous lady with Scouting very much at heart who will be missed for her smile and her wise words.
In the mid-1950’s Bob and Shirley Goddard bought a section in the bay and started building. Initially Shirley had to climb a ladder into the house with her firstborn and seating was apple boxes, which was quite usual then. She was a great baker, preserver, seamstress, gardener, house painter, wallpaper hanger and curtain maker.
An active lady with wide interests, Shirley contributed to many groups: the garden club, tennis club, Probus and ‘Stitches’, knitting blankets and baby clothing. She was also a keen traveller, visiting such places as China, Africa, Turkey, Thailand, India and the USA. She enjoyed tramping with WOPS and looked forward to organ recitals at Avondale.
Shirley, her son Allan (left) and Group Leader of Iona Scouts taken at Motumoana on the occasion of Shirley being awarded the Silver Tui, the highest award for services of an outstanding character to adults that have provided exceptional and distinguished service to Scouting. This award recognises people who inspire others and promote Scouting and its values to their community and/or at a Zone, Regional or National level.
Along with husband Bob, Shirley was a strong supporter of youth, Scouts and the community. Iona Scouts and FLT Lodge secured much of the funding to build the BHB Community Centre as it is now. In recognition of their efforts the Scout den in the Community Centre was recently renamed The Shirley and Bob Goddard Scout Hall.
Shirley worked with Iona Scouts Group for more than 50 years, becoming a parent helper for Cubs in 1966, a Warranted Assistant Cub Leader in 1971 and a full Cub Leader in 1979. She continued to attend special occasions with the group until very recently. The children really enjoyed her vast practical knowledge, sense of fun and integrity enriching their lives.
Shirley was the recipient of several awards:
1979 Chief Scout Commendation
1985 Medal of Merit
1991 Bar to the Medal of Merit
2016 The Silver Tiki (recognition for outstanding contribution to Scouting over an extended period of time).