CONCORD - John F. Goodwin, 86, died Tuesday, April 1 at Concord Hospital. He was born in Plymouth, NH, the son of John and Christie (Morrison) Goodwin. He was raised in Piermont, NH and lived many years in Weirs Beach, NH. He received his high school diploma in 1934 from Bradford Academy, Bradford, Vermont and his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1938.
Following college he started an earth moving contractor business which led to various companies including Goodwin's Crane and Equipment Service Corporation, Goodwin's Dock and Marine Construction Corporation, Goodwin's Boats and Motors, and finally Goodwin's Hydrodynamics, Inc. .
He was a Trustee and Director of Meredith Trust Company from 1956 to 1986 and president of the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers. He was active in Masonry, becoming Worshipful Master of the Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. 32, F. & A.M. in Laconia, NH and a member of the Bektash Temple Shrine in Concord. He was also a member of Harmony Grange, No. 99 in Sanbornton, NH, Merrimack County Pomona Grange #3 and the NH State Grange.
He was an experienced pilot and also became President of Winnipesaukee Aviation, getting his first license in 1941on Lake Winnipesaukee as a seaplane pilot. He flew until 1981, eventually attaining multi engine, instrument and commercial licenses. He owned and flew his own twin engine Piper Apache as a part of his business. He also enjoyed RV travel, golfing, boating and being a grandfather to his ten grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Ruth (Jewell) of 62 years, his son Carl and wife Bettye of Safety Harbor, Fl; his son Dale and wife Jeannie of Dover, NH; five grandchildren, Chris, Scott, Kim, Bill & Mike and five great grandchildren Samantha, Anders, Courtney, Joel & Nicholas.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 12, 2003 at 2:00 PM at Weirs United Methodist Church, 35 Tower Street, Weirs Beach, NH. The Chaplain of Havenwood-Heritage Heights, Karen Maleri, will officiate, assisted by Weirs United Methodist Church Pastor Marilyn Ayer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the John F. Goodwin memorial fund, c/o Treasurer of Weirs United Methodist Church of Weirs Beach, N.H. or to the charity of your choice. Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home in Laconia is in charge of the arrangements.