Ipswich: Jeremy Goodwin, former head of furniture maker Titchmarsh & Goodwin, dies aged 81

Jeremy Goodwin, the former head of Ipswich furniture maker Titchmarsh & Goodwin

Jeremy Goodwin, the former head of Ipswich furniture maker Titchmarsh & Goodwin - Credit: Archant

JEREMY Goodwin, the former head of Ipswich furniture maker Titchmarsh & Goodwin, has died at the age of 81.

Mr Goodwin joined the family firm – founded by his father, Gordon Goodwin, in 1920 – after completing his National Service in 1953.

He helped the firm to develop a substantial export business and its reputation for outstanding quality saw it carry out work at Buckingham Palace and for a number of overseas royal families, as well as for former US president Lyndon Johnson.

In his spare time, Mr Goodwin was a keen sportsman, playing tennis and squash for Suffolk, and later captaining Woodbridge Golf Club. He was also an avid Ipswich Town FC supporter.

Mr Goodwin stood down from the family business around 10 years ago. It continues to operate in the town although it is no longer in family ownership, having been sold last year.

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He leaves a son, James, two daughters, Philippa and Nicola, and six grandchildren.

James Goodwin said: “As well as a kind, and now much missed, father to my two sisters and I, he was a liked and respected member of the east Suffolk and furniture community. He leaves behind many friends who are most likely to recall his generosity of spirit.

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“I am most proud that he employed nearly a hundred craftsmen at the family business,” he added. “Together later with my uncle, Peter Goodwin, they established a worldwide customer base supplying furniture to kings, queens, presidents, captains of industry and other leading members of the public.

“In particular, I recall a happy workforce that he and his managers kept together through some of the hardest economic times. My childhood was spent among its warm-hearted workforce and is a reason for me returning to live in the local Ipswich community.”

There will be a memorial service at Newbourne Church on Wednesday, April 17, starting at 2.30pm, following a private cremation.

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