Tributes paid to popular fisherman Godfrey Hargreaves
TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular angler and former Adver correspondent who owned an angling shop on Commercial Road.
Godfrey Hargreaves, who lived most of his life in Stratton and then in Lydiard, died suddenly aged 65 at his home in Bude, Cornwall, on Sunday, leaving behind wife Linda and children Sara, John and Dawn.
Sara said: “It was a shock to us. He was only 65.
“He had a really, really good sense of humour. He was very witty, he loved his cooking and he was always coming back to Swindon to see us and to catch up with his friends.”
Godfrey was a keen cook, and Sara intends to keep his famous carrot cake recipe alive by taking up the helm and baking it herself.
She said: “My dad loved cooking and browsing endlessly through cookery books and magazines.
“His amazing carrot cake recipe will live on in me.
“I will get cooking it.
“He did all the cooking and my step mum wasn’t allowed in the kitchen.”
Roy Giles, 37, worked for Godfrey after he left school in 1993, and saw him as a stand-in father.
He said: “He was a well respected person in the fishing world and the retail world.
“He had old fashioned values, he always wore a shirt and tie. He was my mentor, he was somebody a lot of people looked up to.”
Godfrey owned The House of Angling, in Commercial Road, for 34 years before he retired and moved to Cornwall in 2008, and wrote angling reports for the Adver since he was 16.
Although he gave up competitive fishing, he remained a fixture in the angling world and was captain of the Swindon Talisman team and founded the North Wessex winter league.
Trevor Gunning, 58, who now owns Cotswold Angling, fondly remembers spending time with Godfrey on the Talisman fishing team.
He said: “I first remember meeting Godfrey when he served behind the counter in an angling shop on Regent Street.
“Then he moved into the Tackle Box on Victoria Hill before taking over his own business.
“He was very generous. He was a big influence in the angling world, and many of the people who fish today started because of him and still fish because of his influence.”
Bill Gosling, of Wroughton, went to Burdrop secondary school with Godfrey as part of a group of four lads who all fished together and joined the Golden Carp fishing club.
Bill said: “Godfrey was a great friend who was willing to help any one. We played football in and outside of school. He wasn’t the biggest player but was the most competitive.
Godfrey also leaves behind five grandchildren.
His funeral will be held on October 4 at Kingsdown Crematorium at 2.15pm.
Family flowers only, donations if desired to British Heart Foundation or Arthritis Research UK c/o Hillier Funeral Service in Old Town.
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