Obituary: filmmaker and musician Rob Goodwin of Weymouth

Tributes were paid to a talented musician and filmmaker.

Rob Goodwin, 68, from Weymouth, died on January 26 at home with his wife Jane by his side.

The father and beloved ‘pops’ had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease and frontotemporal dementia, but his children Hayley, Jack and Emily said their father was ‘always making jokes, loving them and helping others’ until ‘at the end.

Originally from Hyde, Greater Manchester, Rob and his wife lived in the Berkshire and Surrey area in the 1980s and 1990s and came to Dorset when he bought his business, Champagne Film in Weymouth.

Rob also played drums in the local band Replay. At the age of 15 he became a professional drummer playing gigs in the North of England and soon on stages across the UK and Europe. His love of music would later lead him to play in Berkshire-based band The Monty and join Weymouth’s Replay band.

Playing in both bands gave her a “great sense of joy,” her daughter Hayley said.

After a 15-year career as a professional drummer, Rob became a lighting and sound engineer at Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, where he worked with some of the biggest musical and comedy groups of the day.

Many friends and family have enjoyed Rob’s stories of working with Bradley Walsh, Bobby Davro, Chuck Berry, The Shadows, Cannon and Ball and his favorite Bob Monkhouse. Rob has also worked with the BBC on their Lakeside Darts TV coverage.

Champagne Film’s Rob Goodwin

It was perhaps this connection to television that sparked his interest in buying a video production company, Champagne Film in Weymouth in 2001. Rob and his wife Jane had met in Weymouth around 16 years previously while Jane was dancing at the Pavilion, so it was one of those “it’s meant to be” moments where they managed to buy the local business and move their family to the seaside town.

Rob quickly became a valued and loved part of the Dorset business community, making films for local businesses and charities, as well as playing a pivotal role in the success of awards events and charity fundraisers . He has brought his years of experience and creativity to events such as the Dorset Business Awards and the Wessex FM Local Hero Awards and has helped charities such as Julia’s House and C’siders. He has also contributed greatly to the charitable and community activities of the local Lions Club.

Rob’s creativity knew no bounds, having also run the famous Cottle and Austen Circus for five years in the late 90s/early 2000s. He was also asked to design the lighting for the London Eye for the Golden Jubilee.

In Weymouth he brought silly and fun ideas to his children’s school parties at St Andrew’s, where he invented the ‘dip tank’ which saw pupils dipping their teachers into a huge pool of water and the “Jelly Fight”, which wreaked havoc across the school playground.

His family said: “Rob’s creativity, kindness and generosity led to a full life, a life that inspired his family, colleagues and friends. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will undoubtedly live on. .”

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