Sunday, December 8, 2013
By Melanie Creamer firstname.lastname@example.org
DAYTON – The running themes in Leo Goodwin's life were his dedication to the community and willingness to help people in need.
Leo Goodwin with his grandsons Nathan and Seth Johnson.
Each day the newsroom selects one obituary and seeks to learn more about the life of a person who has lived and worked in Maine. We look for a person who has made a mark on the community or the person's family and friends in lasting ways.
Mr. Goodwin, who died Monday at age 85, was a tool design draftsman at the former Saco Defense, a volunteer firefighter and a deputy for the York County Sheriff's Office. He also served as Dayton's road commissioner, held a seat on the town's Planning Board and was a longtime deacon at Goodwins Mills Advent Christian Church.
"He was a very caring person," said Lyla Kyriazi, the youngest of his four children. "He would do absolutely anything for anyone."
Mr. Goodwin grew up in Alfred, the fifth oldest of eight children. He attended local schools and joined the Army Air Corps.
He served for two years, then attended the University of Southern Maine to study drafting. He worked as a tool design draftsman for Saco Defense for about 25 years, retiring in 1990.
Mr. Goodwin was a loving husband to his wife, Jean Goodwin, of Dayton.
On Wednesday, she reminisced about their 62 years together. His wife noted their trips to Africa, Prince Edward Island and a three-week road trip through the Pacific Northwest.
"We had a rich life," his wife said. "Every marriage has its moments, but it's been a good 62 years. We did a lot together."
Mr. Goodwin gave generously to the community. He was a charter member of the Goodwins Mills Volunteer Fire Department, serving as a volunteer firefighter for about 40 years.
He was also a devoted member of the Goodwins Mills Advent Christian Church, where he served as a deacon for many years. He also volunteered on numerous church committees, did renovation projects and cooked for church functions. "He loved being part of the church community," his daughter, Janis Johnson, said Wednesday. "The church was a big part of his life."
Also important to Mr. Goodwin was his involvement with Kora Shrine Temple. As a member, he served as a director of its moped unit and rode in many parades to raise money for the Shriners Children's Hospitals.
Mr. Goodwin had a close relationship with his children and grandchildren. Kyriazi, his daughter, said he was a supportive and understanding father. Johnson said he was patient and always listened to them.
They both mentioned the traditional lobster bakes he held for his family and friends. The picture at right was taken at his last lobster bake in July. That day he taught his grandsons Nathan and Seth Johnson how to prepare the feast so they can carry on the tradition.
Mr. Goodwin's health had declined over the past few years. He died Monday at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House surrounded by his family.
"I'll miss his sense of humor," his wife said. "I'll miss his companionship."
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