Farewell to the man who taught thousands to drive

joubarry''Pictured is Barry Goodison, of Chaucer Road, Parson Cross, who has just received his General Service Medal for service in Suez in 1953
joubarry''Pictured is Barry Goodison, of Chaucer Road, Parson Cross, who has just received his General Service Medal for service in Suez in 1953

He’ll be remembered as the man whom taught thousands of Sheffielders to drive.

Generations of the same family turned to Barry Goodison to get through the test.

He set up the Sheffield Association of Driving Instructors and chaired the instructors’ national organisation, being awarded the MBE for his work and for his involvement in the organisation’s charity efforts.

Barry’s funeral was on Monday. He died at the age of 78 after battling non-Hodkins lymphoma, although it was Crohn’s disease that forced his retirement at the age of 55 after 35 years as a driving instructor.

It was a job he “absolutely loved”, said his wife, Dorothy. “He used to meet different people and made sure they could drive safely.

“He taught everybody differently. He didn’t have a set pattern. He worked out they would learn.”

Barry, who lived in Chaucer Road, Parson Cross, worked for East Yorkshire Driving School and Broomhill Driving School before setting up the Barry Goodison School of Motoring in Penistone Road about 25 years ago.

He had a good record for getting learners through the test, said Dorothy, and it was a job that left him with plenty of stories to tell.

He was awarded the MBE in 2002, and he was in the news again two years later when he finally received a medal for service in Suez in 1953 after a campaign by the Suez veterans’ association.

Barry also leaves children Peter, Dawn and Simon and he was a grandfather and great-grandfather.

The funeral service was at Grenoside Crematorium followed by interment at Ecclesfield Cemetery. Barry, an ardent Sheffield Wednesday fan, had a coffin decorated in Wednesday colours.