Les Goodchild : Ship's Papers Officer
Sadly Les passed away on January 18th 2022 aged 74, after a battle with cancer. Les worked for BUA then BCal from 1968 to 1971 as a Ship's Papers Officer.
Service details

Les's celebration took place on 14th February 2022 in the garden of his home in Copthorne. Then on to the Surrey & Sussex Crematorium for a short Committal.

A wake was held at The Duke's Head in Copthorne, it was Les's favourite watering hole.
Les Remembered

From Gillian Goodchild-Dyer
I met Les when I was a BUA Ground Hostess. At the gate, counting boarding cards while he was doing the load control. We are so sad to lose him, Les and I parted many years ago and we both remarried, but remained close friends. Les was fun, cheeky, caring, sensitive and a legend. But he was devastated when his wife Janine died suddenly in 2015 and he never really recovered.

From Caron Phillips:
RIP and my sincere condolences to you, his family and friends

From John J Mallan: My condolences and prayers.

From Roma Carnegie:
So sorry

From Dave Phillips
I was also on the ramp in 1969 and remember Les well, even though I last saw him about 50 years ago. RIP.

From Linda Collyer:
Remember Les, my condolences

From Liz Rogers:
So sorry for your loss

From Ann Roberts
I remember Les, he was a lovely man always to work with. I started at Gatwick in 1977. RIP Les

From William Gardner-Hunter:
RIP

From Peter Nettlefold
Remember Les well, we worked together in ships papers, always a happy chappie! RIP my old mate

From Karen Rayner
Thinking the family at this sad time. R.I.P Les. Hold onto your treasured memories

From Coreen Wilcox
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. My sincere condolences to your family and all loved ones. Rest in peace Les

From Sally Simmonds:
How sad, very sorry to hear. God bless.

From Pat Cresswell:
So sad

From Kim Widdup:
So very sorry. Thinking of the family

From Sue Bridgman
I'm so sorry. I remember when Ray (Bridgman) shared a house with Les and Mike Walder in East Grinstead. RIP Les x

From Jean Eldred Burdett
My condolences, Les may have known my late husband Cedric Eldred, he worked for BUA 1964-74 in Ships papers and became Special Event Superintendant.

From Joanna Dyckes
So very sorry for your loss I am sure my dad Eddie Pratt would have known him as he flew Viscount, 1-11 and 707 and was originally Hunting Clan and BUA.

From Lesley-Ann Hutchinson:
So very sorry to hear. Condolences and RIP Les

Fron Vanessa Holland
So sorry to hear the sad news, we remember Les from our days at the airport. Condolences to the family

From Roger Warren: RIP Les

From Tony Rider:
RIP Les, fly high

From Annette Froshaug:
We were friends when I first moved to Horley, RIP Les

From Bob Cooper
Elaine and I are very upset to hear about the passing of Les. We often use to see him in Olivers or the Dukes Head and have known him for many years. RIP Les.

From Denny Gaskell
Iím so very sorry to read this sad news. My love and condolences to you all. May you fly high and rest in peace , Les

From Trevor Warburton:
RIP Les

From John Morgan
So sorry to hear this news. I remember working in Load Control (Ships Papers) in 1970 & 1971 when Les was there. Please accept my sincere condolences.

From Hazel Austin
Sending condolences and love to your family. May Les RIP and join so many of our BCal Family in the skies.

From Jim Will: RIP Les, My condolences to the family.

From Neville Coleman: I worked with Les in BUA ships papers, my sincere condolences. RIP

From Monica Ford: Sad news about Les. Sending condolences to the family



If you would like to leave a message in remembrance please drop me a line anytime at  BCalatribute@outlook.com


Condolences have also been extended by:

Dave Thaxter, Peter Durran, Carole Coleman, Susan Buckley, John Morgan, Valerie Edwards, Frances Taylor, David John Mercer, Dudley Rice, Tricia Riley, Riaz Butt, Frances Jane Flynn, Lesley-Ann Hutchinson, Kris Massie, Linda Trettin, Brian Buchanan Aitchison, Maureen Booth, Lynne Le Maitre, Debbie Cornford, Christine Jegu, Biddi Geoghegan, Liz Rogers, Sylvia Murphy, Adrian Schilke, Ana Eva Heuberger, Angela Martin, Julie Day, Roma Carnegie, Jean Bagnell, Cherry Perkins, Mark Whiting, Ricky Cuss, Laurie Evans, David R Holder, Sandra Currie, Trevor Tommy Gunn, Lindsay Smith, Alan Reeves, Sue Norrington-Davies, Mike Jeffs,




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