TRIBUTES have flooded in for Fishguard and Goodwick town councillor, Graham Schofield, who passed away suddenly earlier this month.Graham died on Sunday, November 10, aged just 44. He joined the council last December but had been forced to miss some meetings due to ill health.
He returned on November 5 and was welcomed back by the Mayor but his sudden passing has shocked everyone. The town clerk, Sarah McColl-Dorian said: “He was a happy, gregarious man. He was one of the most devoted fathers I have ever known. His sons are kind, polite and thoughtful young men as a result of the strong foundation Graham laid for them”.
Cllr Schofield’s funeral will take place at Parc Gwyn Crematorium in Narberth on Saturday, November 23 at 12.15pm.
The Pembrokshire Herald spoke to Fishguard and Goodwick’s Town Clerk, Sarah McColl-Dorion, who gave a moving tribute. “It is was with great shock and sadness that Fishguard and Goodwick Town Council learned of Cllr Graham Schofield’s sudden death on Sunday November 10.
“He was a valued, well liked and respected Councillor, friend, and man. Over the past 18 months he had suffered health problems and could not always be a part of Council meetings, events and functions. When he did feel well enough, he gave his full enthusiasm and efforts and showed great promise as a new councillor for our Towns. He was a benevolent person who tried always to help others despite his circumstances.
“It would be difficult to find anyone in Fishguard or Goodwick who did not know Graham or at least know of him as he was a happy, gregarious man who involved himself in our local community and several social groups. He was always approachable and willing to listen to anyone’s concerns or questions about Fishguard and Goodwick and took every issue, big or small, seriously. Despite often being ill, he found the time to phone the Clerk’s office to pass on these comments or simply to reassure the Town Council that he was there and actively taking part in his duties. Certainly our Towns will be poorer for suffering his loss.
“As the Town Clerk, I often worked with Graham but I am also honoured to say he was one of my closest and oldest friends. He was a man who made sacrifices for his friends and always had time to listen and provide a strong shoulder. He was one of the most devoted, wonderful fathers I have ever known. His sons are kind, polite and thoughtful young men as a result of the strong foundation Graham has laid for them and they are a credit to him. My children were greatly influenced by their ‘uncle Gra’ and we will always carry his memory in our hearts.
“Our thoughts and well wishes are with Graham’s mother Doreen, his brothers Brian and Ian, and his sons Alex and Adam. May Graham rest in peace and may you all find comfort in his memory and the kindness and devotion he always showed.”