More than 200 people crammed into St Andrews Church in Chew Magna, Somerset to say farewell to Peter Godsiff – the region’s press officer for 27 years and one of the most highly respected sports journalists of his generation.
Family, friends and former colleagues gathered to remember Peter who died peacefully at his home on August 28. He was 81.
A host of PGA Members including Giuseppe Licata, Paul Barrington and, regional manager Robert Moss, were among the congregation as were The PGA’s David Wright and Adrian Milledge.
Peter’s son, Nick, said: “Dad loved his role with The PGA and many members became friends. Which is why he continued doing it long after the accepted retirement age.
“He also loved his holidays, especially cruises, but only went on them when the tournament season ended.
“And he was so dedicated to the job that, even when his health was failing, he kept going for as long as possible. He loved his golf and was always proud of his membership of the Association of Golf Writers and his link with The PGA.”
Peter started his career under the direction of renowned international sportswriter Ian Wooldridge at the Bournemouth Times and Poole and Dorset Herald.
He moved to the Bristol Evening Post where he reported on Bristol City for more than 20 years before becoming the newspaper’s sports editor.
He was held in such high regard by many of the players and directors at Ashton Gate that he became life-long friends with many of them.
Among his many achievements he wrote a book, Bristol City – The Complete History of the Club, in 1982. He also edited the Bristol City and Bristol Rovers matchday programmes for many years.
Richard Latham, who worked with Peter at the Evening Post for more than a decade, paid tribute to his journalistic skills. He said: “Peter was my first boss and the man who got me into journalism. I learned everything from him.
“I joined the Evening Post in 1979 just after Peter had been made sports editor. I was his first appointment as sports editor.
“He was still covering Bristol City at that time and his name had become synonymous with the club. I took over from him covering Bristol City in 1982 and learned so much from him.
“One of the great things about Peter is that he always had a story up his sleeve. As a boss, he was absolutely brilliant. As a journalist, he was the best at getting stories ahead of the competition. He was a brilliant evening paper journalist and a lovely boss to work for.”
After leaving this newspaper, he mixed his passion for playing golf with reporting on the sport. In addition to his role with The PGA, he was the editor of Golf West, West Country Golf News and then South West Golfer, as well as a regular contributor on golf to local media outlets.
Peter is survived by his wife, Margaret, and three children, Nick, Ian and Anna.