Former managing director of AH Moody and Son started as an apprentice in 1939

The former Chairman and Managing Director of a well-known Swanwick boatyard has died aged 91.

Gordon Moody, who worked at A H Moody & Son Ltd from 1939 to his retirement in 1995 played a pivotal role in the birth of Swanwick Marina and in the life of the family company.

His family said ‘Many will remember Gordon Moody’s kind and gentle ways – a true English gentleman.

Gordon joined the family company in 1939 when, at the tender age of 14, he began his boatbuilding apprenticeship. He later went on to work as a joiner.

With his family, he played an active role in the yard during the Second World War. The company produced a variety of wartime craft ranging in size from 25-72ft, and Gordon was immensely proud of being part of a team responsible for building 36ft Harbour Launches for the Admiralty.

He obtained his company directorship in April 1946 and became managing director in 1981. He was then appointed chairman in 1985 after the death of his brother, Eric.

Gordon was a skilled, very practical man, who had a passion for the hands-on work of construction and enjoyed working alongside the company’s workforce.

He played a pivotal role in the development of Swanwick Marina, often working in overalls early in the day with the workmen, overseeing the building of slipways, sheds and boats before beginning the working day in the office.

In later years, Gordon still remained hands-on finding his niche in new construction, boat sales and the ongoing development of the marina. In fact, even after his official retirement in 1995, he could still be seen in the yard getting involved with practical projects.

He believed that to stand still was never an option where the business was concerned. This motto rubbed off on the whole family.

Gordon died peacefully on Sunday, July 3 surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his two sons, John and David, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

His passing is the end of an era for the former boatbuilding family, who were involved in the marine industry on the River Hamble for more than 175 years before the business was sold in 2005.

The funeral service will be held at St Paul’s Church, 149 Bridge Road, Sarisbury Green, SO31 7EN on Thursday 21st July at 10:45am. Family flowers only. Donations to Cancer Research UK or the British Heart Foundation can be made through M. Coghlan Ltd, Funeral Directors of Fareham.


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