Our condolences to the family and many friends of Sir John Goddard, who passed early Saturday morning at the age of 78 after being taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Friday evening.
For decades, Sir John was a driving force in the family-owned business Goddard Enterprises Limited and in other businesses and organisations. His leadership style could best be described as urging everyone to work together for the good of all – and he carried on that philosophy into public life and politics.
In the past few years Sir John served as an independent Senator – and independent he was – refusing to ignore “balderdash” statements when the truth would much better serve the people of Barbados. He was one of only two Senators with the integrity and courage to ask questions about the GEMS hotels scandal and the lapdog annual reports by the Auditor General that were so devoid of detail as to be useless to anyone. He also attended the Public Accounts Committee and wasn’t shy about his observations there either.