William Dwight Goodwin
Bill Goodwin, 72, of Westminster passed away peacefully on January 7 at UMass University Hospital in Worcester after a long and courageous battle with acute leukemia. Bill was born in Malden MA to Herbert and Elizabeth (Dunlap) Goodwin and grew up in Danvers and Lincoln MA. He graduated from Lincoln Sudbury High School and went on to earn an engineering degree at UMass Amherst.
Bill spent many childhood summers at his family camp on Silver Lake, NH where he enjoyed fishing, boating, and trekking into the woods to find creatures to scare his sisters. He was an avid swimmer and windsurfer and developed a tremendous love of the outdoors, taking an active role in land preservation. In the winter Bill enjoyed skiing in the White Mountains and met his wife Ann in the gondola line of Wildcat Mtn. Together they taught their two girls to ski and spent every winter weekend, for years, on the trails of Wildcat and springtime hiking Mt. Washington to ski Tuckerman's Ravine.
Bill became the owner of Riveto Mfg. in Orange MA from his father and his business partner John Stevenson and took great pride in its innovation and development throughout his life. He enjoyed going to Trade Shows for the company and would turn them into vacations with his wife and daughters. He used the opportunity to visit many National Parks in the western US, explore the country, and enjoy time traveling with his family.
Bill was a kind and patient man who was always ready to help and share his knowledge. He coached youth soccer when his daughters were young, kept his many bird feeders full for the songbirds, and was looking forward to teaching his granddaughter acoustic guitar. He will be sorely missed by his wife Ann, daughter Sarah and husband Gene Monette, and granddaughter Marquetta of Northfield, MA, daughter Amanda and partner Jamey McCalla of Minturn CO, sister Sue and husband Brack Hinchey of Naples FL, sister Sally and husband Patrick Rooney of Dillsburg PA, niece Rachel and husband Kevin, nephew Phillip and wife Bethany, and longtime friends Irene and Bill Murry, and Riveto specialist Bosco Woodard.
The family wishes to thank the entire Bone Marrow Team at UMass Memorial for the extremely compassionate and expert care that Bill received throughout his difficult illness. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to donate to umassmemorial.org or by mail to UMass Memorial Office of Philanthropy, 1 Biotech Park, 365 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01605. Please include a note that your gift is in memory of William Goodwin for Bone Marrow Transplant. According to Bill's wishes, services will be private at a later date.
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