OBITUARY | Vale Lion Joy Goddard, 80, admired for always helping others

Liverpool has lost a legend.

Joy  Isabel  Naomi  Goddard was born in Culcairn, in NSW, on September 8, 1938. Joy’s family later moved to the Lismore area where she grew up. In the mid-1960s Joy moved with her immediate family to Busby.

Joy died in Liverpool hospital mid-morning on January 23 after a long illness. The celebration of her life was held at Forest Lawn Crematorium at Leppington last Friday.

She turned 80 last year and celebrated in the cafeteria of Liverpool hospital with 40 friends and relatives.

Joy was an avid tennis player and played competition tennis well into her 70s.

Her other community Involvements included helping people less fortunate than herself, hence her nearly 28 years involvement with the Lions.

Joy’s membership of the Lioness  Club  Green  Valley on July 28, 1991 was sponsored by then-Lioness Yvonne  Ross.

Under the Lioness conversion program, Joy and other Lioness members were transferred to the Lions  Club  Green  Valley in January, 1992.

Joy was quickly seconded to the club’s board of directors on July 1, 1992 as Tail Twister and she held many other positions, culminating as president 2000/2001. She stayed on the board until the club closed in 2006.

At that time Joy met Lion Ollie  Lassen who became her partner, often calling her his princess.

Joy’s club record indicates that during her membership of Lions Green Valley and as Ollie’s partner, she also worked tirelessly for Lions  Liverpool. Many awards were issued by the Liverpool presidents while Joy was a member of Green Valley.

In July 2006, Joy transferred to Lions Liverpool with other Green Valley members and immediately took up the position of second vice-president and held continuous positions on the board, culminating in president 2017/2018.

Despite her fragile health, she never missed a meeting or function. On the November 14, 2017, she sponsored her daughter Katrina into Lions Liverpool, being the first mother-daughter combination in the 60 years of Lions Liverpool.

Joy and Ollie attended many district, national and international Lions conventions.

Joy leaves behind her partner Ollie, loving children Neville, Chris and Katrina, adored grandchildren Robert, Mitchell, Stuart, Sophie, Megan, Fiona, Chelsea, Ben, Timothy and Elizabeth; great grandchildren Xander and Airlie, her brothers Noel, Adrian and Phil and all her family and friends.

May you rest in peace. Liverpool will miss you, Joy.