Joseph Goodhouse

Joseph Gerard Goodhouse Jr.

Wednesday, January 24th, 1951 - Sunday, April 28th, 2019
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Joseph Gerard Goodhouse, Jr.
January 24, 1951 – April 28, 2019

Joseph Goodhouse, 68, died Sunday evening at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in the presence of his family. Joe was born in Goshen, where his parents Joseph and Mary (Skinner) Goodhouse were dairy farmers, and as a youngster Joe excelled in 4-H showmanship competitions at the Goshen Fairgrounds. At Wamogo High School Joe played basketball and soccer, and acted in the senior play, which fostered a passion for community theater. He acted and participated in plays in Stonybrook, Connecticut and Hopewell, New Jersey. Joe graduated with a degree in biology from Fairfield University, where he was a captain of the soccer team; and in 1983 he obtained a Master’s Degree in biology from Quinnipiac College. After working at Yale University, Joe became the director of the Confocal Laboratory in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, retiring in 2013 after 23 years at Princeton. While at Princeton, Joe collaborated on many research projects undertaken by the Department of Molecular Biology.

In addition to his love of community theater Joe also was an avid bicyclist and for many years was part of an active group of riders. He and his friends took trips throughout southern New Jersey, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the Gaspe Peninsula in Canada, and Italy. He loved cycling in Acadia National Park and enjoyed many family vacations there as well. He enjoyed fishing and camping, cross-country skiing, and traveling with family and friends. Joe liked baseball. He was a Giants fan, and he was a great fan of UConn women’s basketball.

In retirement, Joe was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This illness ravaged much of his life but never disturbed his easy-going, friendly disposition or his joy of life. With the help of family and friends and the camaraderie of Prime Time House in Torrington he was able to continue to enjoy his life.

Joe is survived by all his siblings and their spouses: Paul Goodhouse, Francis and Maureen Goodhouse, Edward and Kathryn Goodhouse, Barbara Goodhouse and her husband Jeffrey Curran, Mary Goodhouse and her husband Joseph Dippel, and Vincent and Julia Goodhouse. Joe is also survived by three nieces, five nephews, four grandnieces, one grandnephew and several cousins. Joe is also survived by his “other brother” Brian McDonnell and Brian’s wife Betty Jo. Brian was a loyal, lifelong friend. He and Betty Jo were always there for Joe, truly embodying the spirit of Christianity.

Calling hours will be from 10-11 a.m. Saturday May 4th at Thurston Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Thomas of Villanova Church, Route 63, Goshen.

In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to Prime Time House, 810 Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Rowe Funeral Home
    283 Torrington Road
    Litchfield, CT 06759
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 11:30am
    St. Thomas of Villanova Church
    71 North Street
    Goshen, Connecticut 06756
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    The Rev. Robert F. Tucker
  • Interment

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 |
    Saturday, May 4th, 2019
    St. Thomas Cemetery
    North Street
    Goshen, Connecticut 06756
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Don Peoples

Posted at 01:10pm
So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I would like to extend my sympathy to Joe’s entire family. I worked with Joe at Princeton

Gail Huber

Posted at 11:25am
So sorry to hear this. I knew him from his time at Princeton. i remember having wine tastings after work with his colleague Jerome Zawadski who also has passed a few years back. Good memories, he was such a nice person. RIP Joe. Sympathy to his family. Gail Huber

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Posted at 09:05am
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Tammy Tolman

Posted at 03:51pm
I met Joe just a few months ago. He’d come into the store I work at every single morning like clock work at 505am even though we don’t open until 530. I actually started going in earlier so I can have his coffee ready by the time he comes in. I open the store 7 days a week so we have had many coffees together. Joe would stand at the counter and we’d chat a while before he ventured back out, oh the stories he’s shared!!! He spoke so highly of his family & Brian & BettyJo and loved every one of you.

He was a compete stranger and I honestly think I’m a better person for getting to know him.

I am so sorry for your loss!

Christine Anderson Gemelli

Posted at 05:48pm
So very very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing.
He was a great friend and classmate. My sincere sympathies to all the family.

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