Swaffham Lions president dies, aged 69

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Community and religious leaders have paid tribute to the president of a Swaffham charity group, who has died suddenly, aged 69.

Rod Goodwin, who led the town’s Lions club, died on New Year’s Day.

Club spokesman Dennis Tallon said his colleague was a popular member of the club, who would be sadly missed.

He said: “He was always there to help in times of need and his beaming smile and cheerful manner will always be remembered.”

The town’s mayor, Shirley Matthews, added: “Rod was a very likeable and thoroughly good person, who made a difference to many people’s lives. He will be sorely missed.”

Born in Kent in 1945, Mr Goodwin first moved to Norfolk in the early 1970s after marrying his wife, Sue.

He joined the Norfolk Ambulance Service in 1978, beginning a 32-year career in the service.

He transferred to the Leicestershire service in 1993 and, alongside Sue, joined the Lions there in 2008.

The couple transferred to the Swaffham club when they moved to the area in 2010. Mr Goodwin succeeded Simon Fowler as president last July.

He was also a member of the preaching team at Swaffham’s Baptist Church in Station Street and led a service there just before Christmas.

Church secretary Heather Thompson said: “He was a pillar of the church. There was nothing he wouldn’t be prepared to do for anybody. It’s quite a blow to us.

No date has yet been set for Mr Goodwin’s funeral.