Tributes have flowed in following the news that long-time Daily Examiner sports editor Max Godbee OAM died yesterday at the age of 86 at the Grafton Aged Care Home.
Mr Godbee was the sports editor of the Daily Examiner for more than 30 years, and had a 65-year involvement with the Yamba Surf Club, where he was a life member.
He was an administrator and supporter of many sporting organisations in the Clarence Valley and was a multiple world champion in masters surf-lifesaving and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2003.
He was instrumental in setting up the original Daily Examiner Sports Star of the Year awards, at the time one of the longest running sports awards in the country, which was restarted in 2014.
The Max Godbee Award for the outstanding contribution to sport in the Clarence Valley is presented each year at the awards.
Mr Godbee was married to former Daily Examiner editor and journalist Lauretta Godbee, who passed away in 2014.
Yamba Surf Club stalwart, and student of Max at the club Jim Dougherty said in 2014 before the awards that Mr Godbee was passionate about the awards, and Clarence Valley sports
"Max was instrumental in ensuring the former Sports Star of the Week awards were successfully run for some 30 years during his time at The Daily Examiner," Dougherty said.
"It was his passion. As an old style sports journalist, Max did a terrific job in promoting all sports in the Clarence Valley.
"It was a labour of love for him and he was just so in touch with every sporting organisation in town."
On the Daily Examiner Facebook page, many community members left the following tributes on hearing of Mr Godbee's passing:
Peter Ellem: Vale, Max Godbee OAM, a champion of sport, the Clarence Valley and country journalism. Condolences to his family.
Fiona D Smith: Farewell Max. A champion of & for all sports. The "Norman May" of the clarence valley.
So many fond memories. Condolences to family & friends. Rest in peace with a typewriter by your side 🌺
Nick Inmon: Sad day for sport and the Grafton community.Maxy my old friend you will be sorely missed.
David Bancroft: RIP Max. Great personality, unsurpassed commitment to sport and a terrific bloke.
Craig Horacio Hermanigildo Wanty: Max was my bronze medallion teacher and also R&R master for Yamba surf club what a great man his passing is a great loss for the Clarence Valley RIP Max you will be remembered always
Sandra Michael: RIP Max you & Loretta were great people to know & work with for many years. Condolences to your family.
Barry Hackett: A tireless ambassador for sport,we did our bronze medallion together in 1952 Vale Slinger
Suzanne Beizlle: R.I.P. Max Godbee. Such a passionate Sports Editor...loved your work.
Carol Inmon: A wonderful sporting identity and sports editor .Did much for all sports in the Clarence.Condolences to Loretta and the family
Bev Sheraton: Another Clarence Valley valued citizen has left us, condolences to all his family😔
Wallace James Kirkpatrick: Max was the font of knowledge of all sport on the Clarence.
Rest in Peace old mate.
Andrea Hendley: Prayers and thoughts to family and friends. His love of sport and the valley was limitless 🙏
Steven Moran: Max was a good man to our great sport of cycling