In Loving Memory of


Richard Michael Goodman

Richard Goodman sadly passed away on Saturday, 29 October 2022 (aged 79).

This book of Condolence has been created to allow those who had the privilege of knowing Richard to reflect on his life and the positive effect he had on this world.

We encourage people to add their own personal tributes to Richard; these can be words, photos or videos.  

Richard was born to Vernon and Lucy Goodman, along with his twin brother David on 5 December 1942, joining their older brother Geoffrey.

The family lived at Haye Farm near Bewdley. When he was aged 13, Richard’s father bought Walsgrove Farm, Great Witley and the family moved to the farmhouse there. Richard was educated at boarding school at Monkton Coombe school near Bath. Richard enjoyed sport and specifically loved to play tennis; the Goodman twins being well known on local courts. Happy childhood holidays were often spent in Pembrokeshire instilling a lifelong love of Wales. 

Richard was always keen to help on the farm and learned many practical skills from his father, including carpentry. He went on to Nottingham University Sutton Bonnington campus to study Agriculture.

After obtaining his degree, Richard’s first job was at The Home Farm, Penrice, Swansea. He worked there for several years, joining the Young Farmers, and it was there that he met Sarah, from the neighbouring farm. They married in May 1970 and moved back to live at Walsgrove Farm working alongside Geoffrey.

As Richard and Sarah expanded their family and welcomed Sian, Robert and Wendy, the brothers expanded the farm to include dairy, crops and soft fruit. In 1983 Richard took the opportunity to buy Old Yates Farm, Abberley and moved there with Sarah and the children. Richard was always very organised, neat and tidy with his work, be that ploughing or bookwork. 

Richard and Sarah decided to convert former farm cottages into holiday cottages and this project would take up a lot of their time over the next 3 decades. Hundreds of guests were warmly welcomed to Old Yates and Richard & Sarah took great pride in keeping the cottages and grounds tidy and well-maintained.

For many years Richard & Sarah enjoyed Scottish dancing with friends both in village halls and outside during summer. Richard would often act as caller which required a great deal of patience! 

Richard & Sarah encouraged and supported all three children through further education and in to employment, a strong and enduring work ethic firmly instilled from a young age! In turn, Manuel, Ange and Jim were welcomed in to the family and in 2000 Sian gave birth to their first grandchild, Alina. In subsequent years Zac, Susanna, Finley, Miriam and Elizabeth arrived and all the grandchildren enjoyed wonderful days with Grandad, experiencing first hand his patience and kindness but most importantly his sense of fun! 

Richard had many natural talents which lots of us have benefitted from. Practical skills of gardening; fixing things; DIY; organisational skills; chairing committee meetings; public speaking skills; preaching; to name just some! 

While Richard & Sarah had been regular attenders at Stourport Methodist Church since soon after their marriage, it was only in his 40s that Richard committed his life to Jesus Christ and wanted to serve Christ by serving those around him – his family, church, community. Richard was also involved in the Christian ministry via Top Barn Trust. By late Summer 2021 Richard decided to move to Christ Church Wyre Forest, and during his short time there he was appreciated as part of the community. 

The list is endless of all the committees he has spent years serving on, but they include: governor and chair of governors of The Chantry School; governor of Abberley primary school; parish council; village hall committee; Top Barn Trust; steward, gardener, local preacher at Stourport Methodist Church and other churches in the circuit.  

The last year has been hard for Richard, his cancer diagnosis came after several months of pain and discomfort. His mobility was affected and latterly he needed a wheelchair to get about – a harsh shift from the strong and able man he had been throughout his life. Despite these challenges Richard remained positive throughout, comforted and uplifted by his faith in God. 

His absence will be keenly felt by those of us left behind, but his love, wisdom and kindness remain with us. 

“For God so love the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3: 16

10.30am 17/11/22 Cremation at Wyre Forest Crematorium, Minster Road, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, DY13 8DE (DY13 8AS for Satnavs)

2.00pm  Thanksgiving Service at St Mary’s Church, Abberley, Worcestershire WR6 6BP,  Followed by tea/cake at The Manor Arms, Abberley WR6 6BN


Book Owner: Robert Goodman
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Manuel Serrano

I met Richard Goodman in the spring of 1992. At that time I was the young man who had fallen head over heels with his oldest daughter whom I desperately wanted to marry, so when I met him I was wondering what this potential father-in-law would be like. I couldn’t have asked for a better man to be my father-in-law because even in that brief afternoon encounter at his home I already began to think highly of him. Imagine my admiration and gratitude thirty years later. Starting from the wedding day when he said the first four or five sentences of his wedding speech in Spanish as he had memorised them for the occasion for the sake of me and my family. Then, once I started married life, I was ever so fortunate and grateful that every time he and Sarah came to visit us he did those endless DIY, gardening and other practical jobs which make life comfortable but beyond my hopelessly unpractical nature. Going on holidays with one’s in-laws may not be first thing in most people’s agenda but I beg to differ. Holidays in Portugal, Norfolk and Wales showed me: a) Richard enjoyed swimming in the …

Paul Essenhigh

Rob & family I have spent a long time wanting to express my thoughts to you about your dad. Actually suddenly it became easy to clarify what I wanted to say. There is obviously something that is a Goodman gene and that is about supporting others and giving something back. Your Dad and I met as governor and teacher and it soon became clear to me that he was there to support and not judge. As someone, who like you has spent, I would like to think, a huge amount of my life wanting to support others it became clear why he came to Chantry High School. Now in another life I think it is fair to say I see his son doing just that on a daily basis and I hold you in awe as someone who constantly strives to support those around them for so many reasons. I am sorry I cannot be with you, Ange and the boys today but I will take a moment to pause and reflect on the life of such a gracious man who must also be so proud of his son. Thinking of you all. …

Rob Goodman

Aside the overwhelming grief that many of us are feeling incoming to terms with Dads passing, I also feel happy that Dad has been freed from his suffering.  His stoic resilience shown over a very difficult four weeks in hospital and 10 months of battling with the side-effects of the cancer will be a inspiration that will stay with me though my life. As hard as it was to see him fighting his symptoms in hospital, it was great to see him remaining true to his character until the end, interacting on a human level with those that were looking after him showing both gratitude and interest in them as people. Dad had a wonderful way with people of all ages and backgrounds, he gave so much time to causes he believed in and always made time for other people before himself.  This photo of Dad (Grandad) was a common view when the boys were younger and fills me with so many happy memories of him at Old Yates.  Purely by coincidence there was a brass band playing for another resident at the hospice a few hours before Dad passed away.  I’m sure that the music played would’ve been …

Sian Serrano

This photo is of Dad giving me away at my wedding 27 years ago.  It’s hard to speak of Dad already in the past tense. Just a year ago he was leading a normal life – he went to Nottingham to visit my daughter in her final year of university, re-tracing his own steps as a student in Nottingham 60 years earlier. This year has been very hard seeing Dad’s health decline and with eventual cancer diagnosis and then the ravages of the treatment, finishing with a month in hospital. All of us knew Richard, Dad, as an honest, hard-working, kind, fair and generous person, more interested in giving than in receiving, both with money and time. He was the kind of person who quietly got on with things in the background, never wanting to draw attention to himself. Many of these attributes were part of his upbringing, but I also know that his Christian faith shaped him as a person: the more he learned that God loved him, the more he learned to love others. Dad was always a strong and safe father for us – he was easy-going, not too strict – we had a happy home. I feel like I …