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Robert Goodwin

Robert E. Goodwin Jr.

Saturday, March 8th, 1941 - Sunday, January 12th, 2020
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Obituary

LITCHFIELD – Robert E. Goodwin, Jr., 78, husband of 51 years to Patricia (Mougenot) Goodwin, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Hartford Hospital.

Born in Torrington on March 8, 1941, he was the son of the late Robert E. and Evelyn (Naser) Goodwin. Bob grew up in Litchfield, graduating from Litchfield High School, Class of 1959 and went on to graduate from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He worked as an engineer at Pratt and Whitney for over 40 years and was a longtime member and deacon of Evangelical Baptist Church.

Earlier in life Bob was an avid water skier and outstanding athlete playing basketball and baseball in high school and college. Along with his teammates he helped the Litchfield Cowboys win the state basketball championship in 1959. With his love of sports, he coached youth basketball and baseball in town for many years. He enjoyed working on the family farm, "doing chores," taking care of his cows and gardens, putting in hay, and hunting with his coon dogs. Later in life he enjoyed traveling the country with his wife, spending time with his family, often at his cottage on Tyler Lake during the summer, and following the New York Yankees. Bob loved his family fiercely and, above all, was a man of faith, resting in his salvation through the grace of Jesus Christ.

In addition to his wife, Patricia, he is survived by two sons, Timothy Goodwin, and Christopher Goodwin and wife, Bethany; two daughters, Suzanne Beach and husband, Jason, and Barbara Beebe and husband, Scott; 16 grandchildren and his aunt, Phyllis Bunnell.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, January 17, 2020, at Evangelical Baptist Church, 7 Winsted Rd., Torrington, CT. Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, at Thurston Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Evangelical Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1231, Torrington, CT 06790 for the Faith Promise Mission Fund.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Thurston Rowe Funeral Home
    Address
    283 Torrington Road
    Litchfield, CT 06759
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  • Service

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Evangelical Baptist Church
    Address
    7 Winsted Road
    Torrington, Connecticut 06790
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Christopher Zaharek

Posted at 01:50pm
My deepest condolences to the entire Goodwin Family. I have to echo the comments of Mr. Jon Bozak. The Goodwin Family was absolutely a second family to me while I was growing up. Their home and farm provided a superior place to have fun but it also provided lessons on work ethic, giving, respect and love. Almost 40 years later and I can taste the milk and butter they had when I stayed for dinner. And that water from the spring across the road! My time with the Awana Club taught me so much and I wouldn't have been a part of it without Mr. Goodwin. In fact, every positive attribute I have now can be connected back to all that I learned from Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin. I am blessed to have known this family and to spend so much time with them when it mattered most.
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Susan & George

Posted at 11:35am
Dear Goodwin Family,
I read below condolences from neighbors on Naser Rd, here is another one from The Alvord Family. Although we are all up in NH now, most of our lives were spent on Naser Rd & the Goodwin Family was the Anchor. A wonderful hard working family, full of values & the love of their piece of Heaven here on Earth. They tended their farm & animals with care & dedication. When we see all the Goodwin grandchildren playing in yards that their Great Grandparents played in, we hope that at least one of them will stay & carry on the tradition of Goodwin's on Naser. We hope your memories will give you comfort. Peace to you & all our best to all The Goodwin's from all The Alvord's.
JB

Jon Bozak

Posted at 03:27pm
Mr Goodwin and the entire Goodwin family were a such a key part of my growing up in Litchfield and on Naser Rd. Mr Goodwin embodied so many great and powerful qualities that stood out then and continue to hold now as proper and esteemable standards for how to conduct oneself. He was strong, thoughtful, convicted and he lead with a natural, intuitive ease.

I remember the rides in his pick up with Timmy and Chris and Mr Goodwin, driving with his baseball cap on, giving us a little wisdom related to that day's activities. I remember his steadfast belief in the boys taking care of chores before they could hang out to play ball. I remember the hard work he put into his home, property and farm. I remember his father and the respect they showed each other and the hard work they valued. I remember the bond and love Mr and Mrs Goodwin shared and how all of it filtered down to their raising a wonderful family.

I'm sad knowing he's no longer with us but his legacy carries on, without a doubt. I hope the entire family is as well as can be during this somber time.
JF

Jon Bozak and the Bozak Family

Posted at 12:09pm
My deepest sympathies. Mr Goodwin was a huge, positive presence in my youth--embodying the best qualities in a father, husband and man of faith.
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Anonymous

Posted at 08:37pm
You were my neighbor and my freshman and sophomore basketball coach back in ‘95-‘96. I remember getting a technical foul in a game that we played at Northwestern, because I pushed another player out of frustration. You took me out of that game (as you should have). I think back on it now, and I figure that you put me back in that game because you could sense that I was disappointed in myself for doing that to the team and my coach. That was quite an unexpected move, coach, but I think it taught me more about you as a person than knowing what I did was stupid. Thank you for being that kind of person. I’m sorry that I wasn’t mature enough to say sorry and thank you, and for giving us a chance to all have fun and lasting memories. Rest easy, Coach.
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