View Full Version : Any of you guys know Bill Goddard?

07-01-2009, 11:05 PM
This afternoon I heard Bill passed away last month. Nice guy with big ideas and lots of big projects. Met him briefly at a party given by Bill Locklin (Nightscaping founder) in Jan. 2006 in palm Springs.

Bill Goddard's work has been featured in a lot of trade magazines. He was especially known for amazing water features.

Check out the photos on his website.


07-03-2009, 11:40 AM
Wow Gregg, the guy did some beautiful landscape work. I hope his company can go on without him OK.

07-03-2009, 01:14 PM
I haven't heard anything about that yet... I was really floored by a slide show of his work on a big screen when i met him. Very talented and dedicated crew too. What a tragic loss to the profession.

07-04-2009, 02:08 AM
Wow......that companies projects are absolutely incredible artwork. What a loss of an extremely talented visionary. Sorry to hear it.

07-04-2009, 10:07 AM
There are installers and there are artists. This guy was the latter to be sure. How old was he Gregg, any idea?

07-05-2009, 01:29 AM
There are installers and there are artists. This guy was the latter to be sure. How old was he Gregg, any idea?

Been trying to get more info and it's not easy. He looked to be mid 50's or younger.

07-05-2009, 01:56 PM
A brief article about Bill's passing appeared on the diecastcollecting.com website.

Bill was obviously proud of his crew and his equipment. He showed off scale models of one of his trucks with company colors and logo (see his website above) at the gathering in Palm Springs where I met him, and presented it to Bill Locklin.


"Last month we learned Bill Goddard, president and founder of GCS (Goddard Construction) passed away. Under the meticulous, detail oriented guidance of Bill, GCS became one of the leading companies in large scale landscape design. He was well known for creating intricate waterfalls, pools, fountains, and even small lakes- having viewed several of the properties he did work on you begin to respect the tremendous creativity he brought to his field.

We remember Bill as a collector, a customer, and a friend. Bill maintained a fabulous collection of die-cast vehicles and was very active in the 1:87 vehicle market although his collection spanned a wide range of scales. In addition to his privately purchased collection, he also ran die-cast replicas featuring GCS' signature red and blue design. The models we know of include a 1:64 scale PEM T800 dump truck he had run in 2005, a Peterbilt day cab with XL lowboy, a Peterbilt Model 379 dump truck, and, more recently, both a Peterbilt Model 388 dump truck and a Peterbilt Model 388 day cab with Rackley lowboy..."

07-05-2009, 05:08 PM
A diecast model of a GCS truck...


07-06-2009, 05:03 PM
One more article.


07-08-2009, 09:17 PM
Bill's sister Vivian contacted me today. He was 53, would have been 54 on June 12.

She thanked me for what I wrote about him here on lawnsite... I only wish I had known him better and thus had more to say...

But if you knew him or his work and have something to post, she might read it here.