Chairman Leads Tributes To St Martin’s Councillor

The chairman of the islands’ Council has led the tributes to Councillor John Goddard, who died on Thursday.

John served as a Councillor for St Martin’s from 1967 to 1993 and again from 2001.

He also set up and worked as landlord of the former Seven Stones Inn on St Martin’s for 25 years.

John passed away at Treliske Hospital in Truro on Thursday evening after being taken unwell and transferred to the mainland.

John was from a family that has been on St Martin’s for four generations. He was born and schooled on the island and in Truro.

After two years of national service with the air force and RAF police in Wiltshire, John considered a role in the Metropolitan police on their river patrols, but he returned home when his aunt and uncle offered him a job on their farm.

John says he was proud of his family business, the Seven Stones Inn and often said he learnt the pub trade “as he went along.”

John was a keen cricketer, rugby and football player and developed his sporting skills in school. And it was through his sporting visits to play on Tresco that he met the woman who became his wife, Edna.

Mike Hicks says he was a valued member of the Council and John’s passing will be a great loss. “When you thought of St Martin’s you thought of John,” he said.


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