Norman Edwin Goodwin, 96, of Daytona, Florida, and formerly of Garrison and Kingston, died Nov. 22.
He was born Dec. 8, 1926 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Walter Goodwin and Jessie (Liscoumb) Goodwin. Although he was born with spina bifida, Norman had a determined spirit and lived his life fully, his family said.
Norman was educated in schools in Ontario and graduated from Northern Business College in Owen Sound. He enjoyed sharing stories from his younger years in Owen Sound and he had some interesting jobs, including being a deckhand with the Merchant Marines on the Upper Lakes and the St. Lawrence Transportation Co. Ltd.
Norman moved to the Highlands Country Club in Garrison in 1949 to work and support his father’s golf career. In 1955, he became a naturalized citizen. Norman worked for the travel reimbursement accounting department of IBM in Kingston from 1956 until his retirement in 1989.
On June 8, 1958, he married Doreen Ellen Hayes in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie. They settled in Kingston in 1961 and had two children, Norman and Marianne. The Goodwin’s were members of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where Norman was on the vestry, a treasurer for decades, sang in the choir and mowed the lawn.
The family enjoyed many camping trips over the years, including a cross-country trip in 1972, taking a month to see just about everything. As empty-nesters, Norman and Doreen enjoyed cruises in the Caribbean and group trips to places like Greece and Turkey with their good friends, George and Mary Mine. Norman and Doreen moved to Ormond Beach, Florida, in 2019.
Doreen died in 2020 after 61 years of marriage. Norman’s siblings, Walter G.H., Warren, Walter F., Nora Catherine Bosco, Patricia Lysko and Jessie Holmes, died before him.
He is survived by his son, Norm Goodwin (Karen) and their children, Kendra, Trevor and Derek, all of Florida; and his daughter, Marianne Ananew (George) of Wallkill.
Norman will be remembered for his lifelong love of golf, enjoying a cold beer (or two) and love for his family. He will also be remembered for his vast array of groan-inducing (but clever) corny jokes.
A funeral service will be held Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kingston. Guests are invited to join the family for refreshments in the St. John’s Parish Hall afterward.
Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 207 Albany Ave., Kingston, NY 12401, or to Angel Food East, c/o the church.
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