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Shaun Beynon Goddard - Portsmouth Grammar School 1978 - 1988

27 Oct 2021
Written by Paul Hassall
Shaun Goddard
Shaun Goddard

31 March 1970 - 21 August 2020

OP 1978 - 1988

Shaun joined the Lower School Hudson House in September 1978 from Glenhurst School.  He was a lively, able pupil, winning recognition of achievement at several Prizegiving events over the years.  His lively, boisterous nature exasperated his teachers, especially those newly qualified whom he was known to have tested to the limits at times.

Passing through Middle to Upper School, he became an active member of the RAF section of the CCF, thriving on the active outdoor life this provided, especially the outward-bound courses and many camping and field trips.

He had wanted to make the RAF his career, as a pilot, but unfortunately he failed the strict eye sight requirement. Consequently, he switched to the Navy.

In 1988 he was awarded the Pares Prize for Navy Candidate and a place at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

In 1994 he gained a BA(Hons) in Geography and History at the University of Exeter.

From 1997 until 2005, he worked at Threadneedle Asset Management Ltd, where he was sponsored and qualified as an ACMA (Chartered Institute Management Accountants).

In 2005 he joined the Thames Valley Police at their Head Office Finance Department as an accountant and leader of the Joint Operations Unit.

In his free time, he volunteered as a Special Constable in Swindon and was awarded the Wiltshire Police Authority Community Award and other commendations for bravery while on duty.

His interests were varied: reading and collecting books, music (he had a vast collection of records), cookery, but mostly outdoor activities including camping.

Shaun was described in many tributes as a true professional; principled and passionate about all things front-line, determined, honest, and loyal through and through.

He had a larger-than-life personality, never took life too seriously, and, most of all, he was a fun and loveable character to be with. He lived his life to the full his way.

Shaun died very suddenly of a Subarachnoid Haemorrhage on 21 August 2020 and is much missed by friends and family.

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