Family’s tributes to tragic mother

'Painfully missed'...'Chantelle Goddard
'Painfully missed'...'Chantelle Goddard

The devastated family of a mum-of-two who tragically died at her home in Pocklington have paid a heartfelt tribute to her.

Chantelle Goddard was found dead in the garage of the house on Kirkland Street, aged 44. An inquest was recently held into her death at Hull Coroners’ Court.

Her husband Scott says she was a “great mother who loved and adored her children”.

He added: “She would do anything for her children and was very protective of them. She was known by everyone. She would always put everyone else before herself. I’ve lost a soulmate.”

A moving statement from the family reads: “For anyone who had ever met Chantelle, as the saying goes ‘Once met never forgotten’. She was beautiful inside and out with an infectious smile.

“She was caring, creative and had a bubbly personality. Chan was so special to all of us, she had such a big personality. Life’s not the same without her. She’s painfully missed but she’ll never be forgotten. We will love and miss her always.”

Her children said: “We were blessed to have her in our lives. We are sad to lose her as a mum and as a best friend. We miss our long chats with her.”

Lifelong friends, Vicky Beadle and Jayne Fisher, commented: “Our friendship lasted a lifetime, from the moment we could walk and talk, through school and beyond adulthood. The 44-year bond of loyalty, laughter and love was something that each of us were always equally proud of and one we will treasure and remember always. Chan’s creativity sometimes extended to mischief but her influence shaped us, her wisdom guided us and her love protected us. We will miss her always.”

More than 600 people attended her funeral at All Saints’ Church in Holme-on-Spalding Moor. Hundreds of jars were individually decorated by friends, which held t-lights, lighting the path to her grave.

Chantelle, known to family and friends as ‘Chan’, used to run her own business in Pocklington called ‘Happy Days, which sold vintage and shabby chic pieces. She sold this business and then worked for a property developer in Hull. She handed in her notice for this job about a month before her death on 24 August last year.

At the inquest, the area coroner, Rosemary Baxter, heard that Chantelle and Scott had some marital issues and that Chantelle had been showing signs of depression.

In the week leading up to her death Scott told the coroner that she had been “up and down with her emotions.”

On 22 August, she visited a friend’s house to work on her CV and “was not her usual self”, the coroner heard.

The day before she died, Chantelle attended a family barbecue, where she had a few glasses of wine. Scott explained during the inquest: “We had a lovely day at my mum’s. Chan seemed in good spirits.”

After the barbecue, she visited her sister’s house and then went home.

At about 11pm the same day, she went into her and Scott’s bedroom and told Scott she loved him, and he said he loved her. Scott woke up at about 4am the next day and realised Chantelle was not in bed and looked outside and saw the garage light was on.

He went into the garage and found Chantelle’s body hanging. He attempted CPR after calling the emergency services. The paramedics then arrived and after further attempts to revive her, confirmed Chantelle was dead.

Dr A. P. Campbell, a consultant histopathologist, who carried out the post-mortem, told the inquest that “the deceased was under the influence of alcohol at the time of death” and that the “cause of death was hanging.”

The coroner said: “There was no evidence of suicide notes and no suspicious circumstances.

“She had alcohol in her system which is likely to have affected her. There were no suicide notes or other writings. She had never mentioned suicide to her family or friends.

“I can say that she took her own life but I cannot say she intended to do so. I cannot be sure. I have an element of doubt. It is my judgement that she had that intention. I can not rule out that this was a terrible accident.

“I conclude an open conclusion in the death of Chantelle Goddard.”