Surf lifesaving identity farewelled

16:00, Jan 08 2014
Harry Goldsmith
FITTING SEND OFF: The coffin of Harry Goldsmith, a Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club life member and patron, is carried through a guard of honour formed by club members at his funeral yesterday.

A long-standing Christchurch surf lifesaving club member and Taylors Mistake identity has been farewelled with a guard of honour.

Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club life member and patron Harry Goldsmith died last month. He was 94.

Yesterday, he was farewelled by family, life-long friends and fellow club members.

Tributes flowed for the "larger than life man" who, in his heyday, was "the one to watch for in the surf" and regarded by many as one of the country's best body surfers and belt swimmers.

Goldsmith spent the early years of his life in Sydney before emigrating with his parents to New Zealand.

He joined the Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club in 1936 and went on to serve as club captain and president, winning both Canterbury and national titles in the sport.


Goldsmith was made a life member of the surf club in 1966 and was patron from 1989 until his death. It was through the club that he was introduced to his future wife Pearl, the sister of a friend.

The couple married in 1943 and became well known in the Taylors Mistake community. Their sons, Paul and Peter, both spoke of the couple's shared passion for surf sports and music.

They ran a successful retail business in Cathedral Square from 1964 until 1988. Pearl died in 1999.

Harry Goldsmith is survived by two children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The Press