Goody died age 27 from cervical cancer 14 years ago, leaving behind sons Bobby, 20, and Freddie Brazier, 19.
Jeff and Goody split five years before she died, but he remembers her fondly and is determined to keep her memory alive – especially at Christmas.
‘She was the best at Christmas,’ he told The Mirror, explaining how she went to huge lengths to make it a special day for the family.
‘I always wanted it to be a day they enjoyed, like any parent would, but then I quickly realised on the first Christmas that I’d made a mistake hoping we could get through the day without feeling sad or overwhelmed,’ he said.
Aged 30 at the time, Jeff decided it was best not to try and mimic the magic of their Christmas’s with their beloved mum, but to dedicate the whole morning to her memory.
They would release balloons or do something special like that. Before long they made their own tradition of swimming in the sea every Christmas Day.
‘We would often go to a beach and just reflect,’ he explained. ‘When you make the morning about mum, it gives you permission to enjoy the rest of the day and helps you recognise what’s missing.’
This year, the family-of-three will find a spot of ‘beautiful coastline’ and go for a dip, somewhere near where they are going to enjoy Christmas dinner.
With Big Brother having rebooted this year – the series that catapulted Goody into the spotlight and Bobby, 20, opening up about his experience of losing his mum in his Strictly Come Dancing performance with Dianne Buswell – interest in the late reality star has spiked again.
As Jeff watched his first son – who made his way into the spotlight on EastEnders – open up about his grief on the Strictly stage, he was blown away.
‘To say it was emotional would be an understatement. It was really brave of him to share his loss with the nation effectively,’ he told Metro.co.uk.
‘It definitely produced some tears. Bobby can be exceptionally proud and if that’s the thing he’s always remembered for on Strictly then that’s an incredible and a very worthwhile legacy.
‘He promoted a conversation around grief. Not everybody talks about it and you can imagine a lot of households around Britain would have been doing so on that occasion.
‘It gives people an opportunity to say “I don’t feel so good.” I know he feels proud about doing it.’
Speaking about what Goody would have thought of the performance, Jeff said: ‘She would have been proud, but she was proud the minute the boys were born.’
When Goody died Bobby was five, and brother Freddie was four. They were then solely raised by their dad Jeff.
Bobby previously told Metro.co.uk that Goody ‘would be proud’ of him.
‘And not necessarily for Strictly, I think for everything. My life is a much bigger picture than this and everyone that knows and loves me is proud of me, and I think she’d be the same.’
He previously told The Times he had ‘memories of memories’ of his mum, who found fame on Big Brother.
‘I’m always being told about her and what she meant to people. I guess I know my mum through other people’s memories of my mum,’ he explained.
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