Charles H. Goodrich

January 20, 1933 ~ January 1, 2021 (age 87)


Charles Howard Goodrich, 87, passed away on January 1, 2021.  He was a loving, supportive husband to his wife of 64 years and a devoted father and grandfather to his children and grandchildren.  He is predeceased by his wife, Leslyn M. Goodrich and survived by his daughter Kathy Ferro (Dan), sons Jack (Kathy), Dave (Lisa), and Bill (Rhonda), and eight grandchildren, Tim and Megan Ferro, Brett, Kristen, Julia, Tessa, and Kyle Goodrich, and Courtney Mariuz (Rob), his brothers Jack Goodrich, Don and Steve McLaskey and Bill Goodrich.

Charles, known by many as Charlie, Chuck and Howie, was a talented athlete through his school years, lettering in football, wrestling and lacrosse at Oberlin College.  His passion for sports continued through much of his adult life with tennis, golf, volleyball, swimming and lacrosse.  He refereed lacrosse and soccer until he was 70 years old.  Stationed in Germany, he served his country in the Korean Conflict before receiving a Masters Degree in Education at Cornell University.  “Mr. Goodrich” began his teaching career in 1957 at Kenmore West Senior High School where he taught 11th and 12th grade English for 31years.

His favorite place in the world was the family’s property in Chautauqua County known as “Charlie’s Little Bit of Heaven” where he spent as much time as possible over the last 50 years.  Charles loved music and enjoyed playing the piano and organ. He and Leslyn enjoyed attending classical orchestral concerts. Charles was also an accomplished writer and photographer.  His love for traveling included family trips across the country every summer. In his retirement years he and Les traveled to Europe, Australia, Africa, and South America.  They especially enjoyed snorkeling together.  Charles had a passion for people, always extending a friendly hand and a happy smile.  For over 25 years he volunteered at KenTonMeals on Wheels because he believed in giving to those in need.  Most important, above all else, was his family.  He instilled in his immediate and extended family the significance of connection and caring.  He loved, and is loved…he will be missed.

 A virtual celebration of life will be held with his immediate family.

Donations may be given in his memory to the KenTonMeals on Wheels;  Donations can also be mailed to KenTonMeals on Wheels, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14150.

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