The funeral of Paul Goggins, Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, who died on 7 January, will take place at St John’s Cathedral, Salford on Thursday 16 January at 12 noon. This will be a public service and Paul’s family have asked that donations to CAFOD, the Cardinal Hume Centre or Leukaemia Lymphoma Research are made instead of flowers.
Chris Bain, Director of CAFOD, writes:
I have known Paul and his wife Wyn for 40 years since our University days. I have always felt part of their wonderful extended family and seen their children grow up to be as lovely as their parents.
When Paul was elected MP in 1997 I had also just got a job in London and we decided to share a house for our time in London during the working week. For both of us, seeing a friendly face after a hard day’s work was a comfort.
Paul’s family always came first, even when staying in London. Every night he would come into the house, make himself a cup of tea, sit in his chair and ring Wyn. And they would talk about their respective days and what the kids were up to.
For all Paul’s achievements in politics and social campaigning, he once told me he was most proud of how his children had turned out – ‘Wyn and I must have done something right!’ He had tears of joy in his eyes as he showed me pictures of his first grandchild last year.
With Paul you got what you saw and heard: there were no sides to him. He immediately inspired trust. His company was engaging and affirming, with a loud spontaneous laugh that was infectious. The only cross words we ever had were about football and the merits of his beloved Manchester City! I shall miss Paul terribly, quite simply he was one of the finest and warmest men I knew and I am blessed to have been his friend.”