CLINTON – Richard Arthur Goodwin, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and brother, died early Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at his home. He was born Jan. 17, 1933, in Burnham, to Lawrence P. and Doris L. Goodwin.
Dick was educated in the schools of Clinton and Fairfield. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954. After owning a dairy farm in Skowhegan for several years, he opened a grocery store on Main Street, Clinton, in 1961. Dick expanded his business in 1969, building a new store just down the street from the first store. Dick’s passion was his grocery store and he took great pride in providing a full-service grocery store for the people in the town of Clinton. Even though his son, Sanford, managed the store, Dick was in the store nearly every day. Dick bought a grocery store in Unity in the early 1990s, but sold it eight years later after turning it into a profitable business. He was a 50-year member and past master of Sebasticook Lodge No. 146 AF & AM, Clinton; 50-year member and past lion king of Clinton Lions Club; 50-year member of American Legion Post No. 186, Clinton; member and past president of Maine Grocers Association; member and past patron of Fireside Chapter No. 103, Order of the Eastern Star; member of Anah Shrine; member of The Valley of Augusta and Portland Scottish Rite Bodies; and a former member of the Jaycees. Dick served for 17 years on the board of directors for Associated Grocers of Maine and four years as chairman of the board. He was a recipient of the Spirit of America Award from National Grocers Association. He was a member of Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, Clinton. Dick believed that one should support their community and served on various town committees, as well as a director on the board of Clinton Water District.
He was predeceased by his parents; and sister, Sharon. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; sons, Lawrence and wife, Kelli, and their children, Cameron and Brady, and Sanford and wife, Heather, and their children, Reise and Bryce; and stepson, George Dewey Clark III and wife, Sue, and their children, Dewey, and sons, Austin and Anthony, Bo and wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter, Jocelyn, and Matt and wife, Kellie. Dick is also survived by his brother, Jerry and wife, Sylvia, of Niceville, Fla., and their children, Mark, Scott and Shannon, and their families; Sharon’s children, Harold Jr., Nancy, Debbie, Larry, Lori, Robin and Renee, and their families; his dear “Sis,” Ellen Lunt and husband, Fred; many nieces and nephews, several cousins; and special friends, Blynn and Florence Galusha, and Ray and Joyce Dickey.
Visiting hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Masonic memorial service to begin 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, 13 Church St., Clinton, with Pastor Judith Gould officiating. Spring burial will be at Greenlawn Rest Cemetery, Clinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, Roof Project, P.O. Box 58, Clinton, ME 04927; or Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901. An online guest book may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.