It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of comedian and entertainer Joe Goodman (Joey Cotterill), aged 75, one of Laindon and Dunton’s famous characters.
Joe as we know was abandoned outside a Laindon shop (possibly Churchill Johnsons) and raised by a foster mother in Dunton Plotlands. He never forgot his roots and regularly returned to Dunton or Laindon whenever there was a reunion, where he would entertain us with his quick fire one liners and his up-bringing in Dunton.
In addition to being one of Britain’s best comedians, he was also a very talented artist, he also loved working in his garden, were he came up with some fantastic displays. After years of talking about it, he finally produced his autobiography ‘Is Anybody Out There?’ which he was particularly proud of. He opened our Website launch back in March 2011 and the previous September he opened the St Nicholas Church Festival ‘Laindon’s got Talent’. One of his last shows was at the Cliffs Pavilion back in April where many of his friends from Laindon attended.
His wife Maureen and family members were with him during his final hours when he was in an induced coma, at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey. He leaves three daughters, a son and ten grandchildren. Our sympathies go out to them all.
He will be sadly missed, but he will always be known as ‘Our Joe’.