Cancer claims life of 'jovial' councillor, 73
COUNCILLORS from across the political spectrum have paid tribute to Westgate's Brian Goodwin, who died on Sunday aged 73.
The Conservative councillor served on Thanet council for nine years and was the secretary of Westbrook and Westgate Residents' Association.
Tom King, independent councillor for Westgate and chairman of Westbrook and Westgate Residents' Association, said: "Brian was a close colleague and a former secretary of the residents' association and I knew him when I became chairman.
"I visited him last week in hospital and he was in good spirits. He felt quite positive about his recovery so the news came as a shock.
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"Although he took his council work seriously, he was a jovial man and was looking forward to a holiday in the sun and getting back to his council work."
Mr Goodwin was a key player in organising Westgate's annual Christmas illuminations and continued to attend meetings after he was diagnosed with cancer last year.
Thanet Conservative leader Bob Bayford said: "Councillor Goodwin represented Westgate-on-Sea since 2003 and cared deeply for the area and its residents.
"He will be greatly missed by all his friends and colleagues at Thanet District Council and in the wider Thanet community."
Council leader Clive Hart paid tribute to Mr Goodwin and said: "It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Brian Goodwin at the weekend.
"I knew Brian before he became a councillor and even then he was regularly assisting fellow residents with their problems.
"Our thoughts at this very sad time are with his wife Ann and the family."
He is survived by Ann and two daughters.
Mr Goodwin did his national service in the Royal Artillery in 1959 and had a varied career working in hospitals before running two shops in Margate High Street.
The Goodwins welcomed Spanish youngsters to their home and made regular return visits.
He was a member of the Westgate and Birchington Rotary Club, which held a two-minute silence at its meeting this week in his honour.
Details of the funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.