John R. Goodwin Sr. 1934 – 2019

John Richard Goodwin Sr.


Elmira, NY – Of Elmira, NY and LakeWales, FL passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on January 5, 2019 at the age of 84. John was born on April 27, 1934 in Towanda, PA, a second son of the late James and Frances Hoffman Goodwin. John married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Adeline Young of Towanda, PA on February 20, 1955. He is also survived by his children; John Goodwin Jr.; Chris Goodwin; Bill (Kathy) Goodwin and their children, Bill Jr., Katelyn, Nick, and Connor; James (Theresa) Goodwin and their children, James Jr. and Samantha; brother, Jim (Pat) Goodwin and extended family members. He was raised by his step-father Rex Newman and mother Frances in Towanda, PA where he graduated from Towanda High School in 1952. He served his country honorably in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, John attended Mansfield State Teachers College graduating in June 1959. John began his career with the Elmira School Dist. at Diven School as a 6th grade teacher. John earned his Masters Degree in June 1965 and continued his career in the Elmira School Dist. as a teaching principal at Coldbrook Elementary. He then became the principal of Edgeworth Elementary and Supervising Principal of Coldbrook and Wellsburg Elementary Schools. He became the full time principal of Pine City Elementary School in 1972 before moving back to Edgeworth Elementary School as a full time principal while supervising Wellsburg and Hopkins Street Schools. John moved to Riverside Elementary School as a full time principal until his retirement in June 1990. In retirement, he enjoyed working at Harris Hill Amusement Park every season for 29 years where he especially enjoyed making the park look great. John was a member of the American Legion Post #443, Elks Club #2297 and the Scottish Rite, Valley of Corning and Rochester, Mason in the Union-Cooley Lodge #95. He supported the U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10) Assoc., School Administers Assoc. of NYS, Sullivan Trail Council of Boy Scouts (Executive Council and Chairman of the Scout Honor Court). He attended the First Baptist Church in Horseheads. John was a founding father/ life member of the West Hill Vol. Fire Dept., also serving as Chairman of the Board and Fire Commissioner. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 4PM-7PM. Funeral Services will be held at the First Baptist Church, Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, NY on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10AM with Pastor Toby Locke. He will be laid to rest at Maple Grove Cemetery with Military Honors immediately following. Those wishing to remember John please consider donations to your local Police Benevolent Assocs., Wounded Warriors, Cancer Research, March of Dimes or American Red Cross in his name. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed at John’s Book of Memories at