Gleaner pensioner passes on at age 79
Andrew Harris. Gleaner Writer
An oustanding woman and well-respected former credit officer at the Gleaner Company, Audrey Goffe died in the Kingston Public Hospital at age 79 on September 26.
Goffe, who served the Gleaner Company for more than 30 years, was described by many as a hard-working and purposeful woman. Her priorities were always to add value to whatever she was involved in.
In the story of The Gleaner Memoirs and Reminiscences by Linda D Cameron published 2000, the same year Goffe retired, she expressed her years serving the company as a learning experience as for her it was an excellent training ground.
She came to The Gleaner fresh out of high school and landed a job as an accounting machine operator after spotting an advertisement for the position at the company while doing her daily routine of reading the paper. Through her hard work and dedication, she got her first promotion as the supervisor of the section and was eventually moved to assist the credit officer at the time Billy Burke.
Amazed by her performance she was promoted to credit officer after Burke retired in 1981. She expressed at the time that the words that kept her motivated were, "I could never have done this if it had not been for Audrey, who helped me through the years," said by Burke at his retirement.
Goffe in recognising the introduction of certain technology that she had fun learning about, hailed the transformation she saw The Gleaner undergo throughout the years, and praised the present chairman for his visionary leadership and people skills.
She lived to celebrate 180 years with the Company on September 13, but passed two weeks later.
Her life will always be a lesson for others from her former department who knew her well.
Described as helpful and understanding by the company, Goffe was loved and well respected by her colleagues and others with whom she interacted.