James Goodfellow was born in Kelso Scotland in 1947. His parents owned Ferneyhill Farm which overlooked Kelso Race course in the Scottish Boarders. During his formative years he enjoyed country pursuits culminating in being selected as part of the Scottish Clay shooting team (skeet). On one occasion in an International competition at York he shot a perfect score ,100 pts , he always maintained that the stress he felt having hit 48 clays with just 2 to go was the highest he had ever experienced.
He bred, trainedand raced horses for many years, though his favourite horse Tough Test was latterly trained at Jonjo O’Neill’s stables in England. He was a passionate nature lover and ornithologist with a very comprehensive knowledge of birds. Later in his working life he was a chief buyer for meat suppliers who at that time were the major Scottish exporters to England.
James and hisfamily had spent many years holidaying in Portugal and so following his retirement in 1997 they moved here permanently. He continued to pursued his love of golf, initially at Vale de Milo in Carvoeiro where he was Captain in 2005, Salgados and finally at Pestana Slives Club. In 2019 he was awarded Honorary Membership of Sera de Monchique Golf Club for services to the Club.
James was veryproud of his Scottish heritage and whilst he did not suffer fools gladly, his gentle sense of humour was always appreciated.
James leaves a son Robert, wife Dawn to whom he was married for 47 years, and grandchildren in Portugal and the UK.
Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 restrictions, a wake will not be possible at the current time.