Stalwart of Scouting Jackie McGoldrick, 66

Jackie McGoldrick, Scouting stalwart, has died aged 66
Jackie McGoldrick, Scouting stalwart, has died aged 66

Usually when “Mr Gang Show” is referred to in the Calder Valley, it is founder Philip Suthers but if there is another deserving of the title it is surely Jackie McGoldrick.

John McGoldrick - always known to his many friends in the Scouting movement he served so well throughout his life as “Jackie” or “Jackie Mac” - died after a long illness on July 15 at the age of 66.

When Todmorden Gang Show reached its half century in 2008, he had been in all 50, through his Scouting career from scout to leader and district official.

It is an achievement no-one else has matched and it is unlikely it will be matched again.

After finally hanging up his stage shoes, he continued to be part of the team, ushering, selling programmes, and keeping the supplies of tea going at rehearsals along other things.

A Cornholme resident all his life, he worked at Fothergill and Harveys, Littleborough, until he retired several years ago and was a devoted supporter of Burnley Football Club.

Having enjoyed Scouting from the time he became a cub scout with the 7th (and later the 13th) Calder Valley group at Cornholme, he gave it many years of service.

He gained his Queen’s Scout Award as he moved through all sections of the Scouting movemnet - cubs, scouts and venture scouts - before becoming a leader to pass on the skills and knowledge he had learned.

He was Assistant Cub Scout Leader at Cornholme from 1070 to 1975 and Cub Scout Leader from 1975 to 1994. For many years he was Assistant District Commissioner for Cubs until 1995 and he was a member of the Scout Fellowship in Todmorden until it closed several years ago.

Jackie suffered a stroke around 18 months ago, a condition from which he never recovered. His funeral was held at St Michael’s Church, Cornholme, last Monday, to which people were invited to wear scouting or guiding uniforms or Burnley FC shirts, and particularly the famous Gang Show red neckerchief.

Jon Sayer, a long-standing leader and Gang Show stalwart, said: “Jackie Mac had dedicated 60 years to Scouting in many different roles, most notably the contribution he has made to Todmorden Gang Show, hand e will be sadly missed by all his Scouting and Guiding family.”