1924 - 2014

Gordon Goodman

Gordon James Goodman was born at Oulton Broad, Suffolk in 1924, son of Walter James Goodman (24 July 1898-1976), motor bus driver, and his wife Alice Lily née Tuttle (22 April 1897-1970), who married at Oulton Broad in 1923. Goodman's career started as a boat-builder and was then conscripted into the Royal Navy being demobilised as a Petty Office shipwright. Gordon then joined a small coachbuilding company before progressing to the Eastern Coachworks in Lowestoft from where he retired from their Experimental Department. In his forties, needing a new interest and having a natural flair for drawing, became a self-taught artist in watercolour. In 1973 he joined both the Lowestoft Art Group and the Southwold Art Circle and for the following eight years attended evening classes at the Lowestoft School of Arts and Crafts. Ater his retirement he exhibited at the Assembly Rooms, Norwich and at the Buckenham Galleries, Southwold also exhibiting with local art groups, meeting with some success. During his time with the Lowestoft Group, he contributed to work evenings, demonstrations, and critics, serving several years on the Committee, and assisting in the hanging of numerous exhibitions before becoming chairman and an honorary member. Gordon James Goodman lived at 74 Dell Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk and died in August 2014.