Commentary: Godard will be missed

Tragedy has struck the Catamount athletic family as former football player Xavier Godard passed away Wednesday evening in a drowning accident at Cedar Cliff Lakes in Jackson County. I was lucky enough to have shared one class with Godard during my previous three years at Western, when we were both in Dr. Will Dulaney’s Public Speaking class together during my sophomore year. I got to know Godard a little-by no means was I a close friend-but what I learned about him was that this was a man who loved to laugh and loved life. Besides Dr. Dulaney’s interesting methods of teaching, Godard was the highlight of the class. I think everybody in that class laughed at least once during one of Godard’s many comical speeches that he delivered. Godard was extremely funny and tried his best to get a laugh or smile out of each and every person in that class including Dr. Dulaney. It was obvious that Godard was a very happy person and I believe this comes across in the number of friends that Godard had and the number of lives he touched. Many people on the Facebook are remembering Godard with notes and groups and this is a tribute to the life he led and the friendships he left behind. Godard will truly be missed by many people in the Western athletic family and many students who may not have been athletes but had the privilege of getting to know, meet, or have a class with Godard. Godard is survived by his mother, Germaine, his wife Andrea, and his one-year old daughter, Jasmine. For those wanting to let his family know how he touched your life or to just offer condolences, you can contact them at:

Germaine Godard459 River Chase Dr.Athens, Ga 30605