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05 November 2012 | 10:02 AM
LEGENDARY Page 3 photographer Beverley Goodway died on Sunday, aged 69.
The shy, bow-tie wearing Sun man had been battling cancer.
Beverley snapped thousands of models for Britain’s best-loved glamour page during 33 years. Among those he helped rocket to fame were Samantha Fox, Linda Lusardi and Jordan.
Page 3 icon Linda Lusardi led tributes to Beverley, saying: “He was simply the best.”
Linda, 54, added: “He was a true legend. The ultimate gentleman.
“No one will ever come close to reaching his calibre as a photographer. He will be sadly missed.”
Beverley’s Sun career meant he spent 63,000 hours in a studio with topless beauties. But the well-respected snapper — who died yesterday morning after battling cancer for 16 years — once said: “I was more worried about making the pictures work than standing there salivating.”
Sam Fox, 46, said last night: “He was the best in the industry.
“He made a girl look good in his own style.”
The quiet, well-spoken dad of two — who retired in 2003 — was modest about his role in launching girls’ careers.
He said: “I just put them on the first rung of the ladder.”
His widow Karin, 64, said last night at Ashtead, Surrey: “He was such a kind, gentle and wonderful man — our 40 years of happy marriage together is testament to that.
“The girls had enormous respect and trust for him and saw him almost as a fatherly figure.
“The word always used to describe him is ‘professional’. He cared so much about his work but also his home and family.
“The fact the girls were topless was meaningless — he just wanted to take the best picture."
Beverley started out at a news agency in 1965, aged 21. He was snapped up by a national newspaper within six weeks. He later moved to The Times, then joined The Sun in 1968 when it was a broadsheet.
In 1969 it became a tabloid, and the first issue featured a lingerie fashion shoot by Beverley. Page 3 was launched the following year. The pics of girls shown here were taken by him.
He said: “In those days, fashion shots were really only an excuse to get a picture of a pretty girl in the paper. Rather than looking for excuses, The Sun just said, ‘Here’s a picture of a pretty girl’.
“I soon found that I got a much bigger picture than with a fashion spread, so I moved over to Page 3.”
Beverley fought a long battle with prostate cancer and was diagnosed with another aggressive cancer on Thursday. He died at London’s Royal Brompton Hospital.
He leaves two daughters, Pollyanna, 38, and Saskia, 35, and two grandchildren.
Donations in his memory are being made to the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton.