John Gooby was born in 21 November 1858 in Stretham, Cambridgeshire, the son of John Gooby, a farm labourer, and Hannah Pledger.
By 1881, John was in London, lodging in Church Street, Tottenham, and working as a railway porter. He married Esther Dean in 1881 – but a year later Esther died aged 21.
On Christmas Day 1890, John married Louisa Souerwine. By 1901 they had moved to Boundary Road, Barking and had a son, Harold Eugene Gooby, born 1891.
John died on 17 August 1937, aged 77 and was buried in Barking Cemetery. The arrangements were handled by B. Wallis & Son:
Their son Harold Eugne Gooby died on 30 September 1943, aged 52. The death certificate records the cause of death as: "Multiple Injuries and shock caused by being knocked from his bicycle by an unknown vehicle in New Road. Accidental death.”
The Chelmsford Chronicle dated 8 October 1943 reported the events under a title “Champion Cyclist Killed”:
Source: British Newspaper Archive
Gooby is not common surname. In the 1881 census there were only 110 occurrences of the name - and the highest number was in Cambridgeshire (42 of 110), centered around Ely.
Source: Surname Atlas (Archer Software)
I would be interested to know more about the Goobys and would be happy to share details of the certificates with anyone interested.