Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…
A dad whose son was found dead in a hotel room in Thailand has spoken fondly of his son’s adventurous spirit.
Luke Goodere, 33, who was born in Boston and grew up in Skegness, died on April 11, 2019 after an accident in the middle of the night.
Now Luke’s dad Clive Goodere, a retired Lincolnshire Police officer, has paid tribute to his boy.
Mr Goodere snr said: “Whatever Luke did, he did 100 per cent. He was the most loyal of friends and excelled at sport, including rugby, fencing, tennis and golf.
“Brought up in Skegness with his two sisters, he went to grammar school before studying for a degree in business management at the University of East Anglia, where he played American football for the UEA Pirates.
“He joined the Royal Bank of Scotland in Norwich, where he obtained qualifications in corporate management.
“Despite promotion to data analyst, after a couple of years he realised a job behind a desk was not for him — he wanted to see the world.
“He travelled throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand, where he made friends from all over the world.”
The tragedy happened after he attended a festival with friends on Phi Phi island on the way back to his home Sydney, Australia.
Just prior to his death, Luke had spent 12 days visiting his family – including his new baby niece Ava-Rose – in the UK.
He had lived in Sydney for two years, and in Thailand for six years before that so he took the opportunity to meet old friends as he headed Down Under.
Luke died during the trip. It is believed he may have got out of bed to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, fallen over his suitcase on the floor and gone crashing into the glass doors of a balcony.
A post mortem examination gave the cause of death as abdominal haemorrhage as a result of abdominal injury. An inquest in Lincoln concluded the death was accidental.
The precious time with his family back in Britain was the first time they had been together in two-and-half years.
Mr Goodere said: “Luke lived life to the full, going sky-diving, river rafting, caving, ice climbing, horse riding, surfing, cage diving with sharks and bungee jumping.
“His main love was scuba diving and he qualified as a dive master.
“On his travels, Luke had a number of jobs, including managing a nightclub, running pool parties, working on the new children’s hospital in Perth and on an almond farm and constructing a motorway tunnel in Sydney.”
Mr Goodere revealed that he once asked Luke when was he going to ‘proper job’ to which he replied: “Dad, when are you going to get a life?”
Mr Goodere snr added: “Luke had decided with his girlfriend, Kelly, to make his home in Sydney.
“He returned to England in March for 12 days — the first time in two-and-a-half years he had been home — to meet his new niece, Ava-Rose, and visit family and friends.
“On his way back to Australia, he stopped off to visit friends in Thailand and lost his life in a tragic accident in Phi Phi.
“Years ago, when asked what he would do if he had a week to live, Luke said he would go home to see his family and visit friends in Phi Phi — exactly what he did.”
He described Luke as “loving, kind and generous”.
He said: “On the day he died, he had bought tickets for me and his mother to see Queen in Sydney next February and a tumble dryer for his sister after she had commented about the amount of washing she had with a new baby.
“An indication of the high esteem in which Luke was held are the 13,000 posts on his Facebook memorial page from people in 35 countries.
“Many state what a true friend he was and there are messages from parents of backpackers thanking Luke for looking after their children.
“Friends travelled from the U.S., Australia and the Far East to attend his funeral.
“He once said: ‘In life, what we regret most are the opportunities we never took. Dream it, live it.’
“And that is how my son lived.”