I have very recently read your mission to Afghanistan. For everything you have done and dedicated yourself, no words other than thank you Sally, you were an earth angel. May your work continue to flourish.
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend or family member. THe bible can be of some comfort at John 3:16
I ran track at Bates College back in the early 1970's, and kept up with the sport after graduating, so I knew all about Peter Goodrich and his remarkable athletic achievements long before September 11, 2001. His loss was well-reported to everyone in the larger Bates community, and was felt by everyone - even by those, such as me, who came before he did. Several years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of working on a piece of litigation with Don Goodrich. He was my opponent, and was as decent and civil an adversary as I have ever encountered - in a business in which those qualities are often in short supply. I never knew Sally, but had heard of her work, and admired it from a distance. I know that people with true courage are always the first to deny that they have any, and I suspect Sally was the same. But from my perspective, I cannot imagine a greater act of courage than to carry on as she did, in the face of such a staggering loss.
Don, you have my heartfelt condolences. May Sally and Peter be at peace.
John Egan, Boston, MA
Sally Goodrich and I suddenly became linked together by the tragic death of an extraordinary and kind human being - her son, Peter Goodrich.
We only spoke twice about Peter, who was killed on the second plane that slammed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. But those two brief conversations over the phone told me all I needed to know about a remarkable and dedicated mother who had the courage and tenacity to go on living despite the shattering loss of her beloved son.
To this day, I don't know how Sally Goodrich found a reason to get out of bed each morning. Just after Peter's death, Sally was diagnosed with cancer, and now she was forced to fight off a life-threatening disease while continuing to cope with her overwhelming grief.
Some of us might have called it quits, close all the shades, shut out the living and allow grief and depression to consume us.
But despite her endless sorrow and nagging sickness, Sally found an outlet to remember and honor her cherished son. She and her husband, Donald, founded the Peter Goodrich Foundation, which raises money to build and fund schools in Afghanistan.
Two weeks after Peter died on that warm Tuesday afternoon, a friend of mine, who works for Stars and Stripes, informed me that Peter was a passenger on the second plane that struck the towers.
At first, Peter's name didn't ring a bell. I was still numb after the terrorist attacks. As a sportswriter and editor for the Lewiston Sun Journal, I kept a filing cabinet with some of the stories I had written over the years. At the top the stack of papers were several articles I had done about the Bates College All-American track star.
I called Donald and spoke with him just two weeks after those heinous events in New York City. It was one of the most difficult interviews I had ever done as a reporter. I knew life would never be the same for the Goodriches or the nation.
I remember Peter as a kind and modest athlete who was setting records in the hammer throw at Bates College. When you spoke with Peter, you knew right away that he was raised by caring and educated parents who put their children first. He was tribute to Sally's and Donald's love and devotion to their children.
Several years later, I got a call from Sally at the Sun Journal. She politely asked if she could reprint the articles I wrote about Peter on the foundation's Web site. I spoke with my editor and Sally was given the OK to place my stories on the site.
We spoke for a few minutes when she told me "that out of all the stuff that has been written about Peter, I read your articles every day because of the quotes you used in the story."
I was silent for a few seconds. You never know if the stuff you write ever touches anyone's soul. And now those words I wrote long ago continued to comfort a mother who suffered the most devastating loss of all - the death of a child.
I thanked this courageous woman for her kind compliments. We would speak once more when her son was posthumously inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
It would be the last time we talked about Peter.
Sally Goodrich, who wouldn't allow her grief to rule her and courageously plunged right back into to life to make a difference in the world, died at her home in Vermont on Dec. 18, 2010. She was 65.
Thank you Sally for being fearless and an inspiration to all of us in a world that could benefit from more compassionate individuals like you.
Rest in peace.
From Kudlands (Kurdistan) I am sharing her family and all members of the families of 11 September this tragic event We lost a great woman.
While a student at Bennington College, I did not have many connections with the local community. Hearing the town name mentioned on NPR today thankfully perked up my ears as I was introduced to a great spirit and the wonderful story of Sally Goodrich. I was moved by her strength, courage and imagination to move through grief and do what is right and good rather than seek revenge for that which cannot be revenged. Sally and Don's actions towards education and knowledge are a far more powerful tool than any weapon and bring us, as a nation, one step closer to the love and understanding so desperately needed if we are to overcome the war and hatred in the world. I feel just a bit happier, in the shadow of her death, that I was in such Presence while living in Bennington.
Sally was always the sun in my day when we ran into each other in earlier years we worked on many projects. Mary K Michel The Purple Pub now in Melbourne FL
Dear Jeff and Family:
Your family will be in our parys.
Eugene and Alice Hicks, Hardeeville, SC
With heartfelt sympathy. Such a loss...Jean Carey N.Y. 911
rest well inside
the bright light~
So long Sarah'
Very sorry to hear of Sally's passing. I remember her fondly as Peter's mom. Peter worked for me repairing computers in Bennington for awhile... what a pleasure to get to know both of them...!
- Warren Allen
Dear Don and family, My sincere condolences to you all. It was always a joy to know Sally from the first time I met her at St. Agnes School through the days our paths met again as mothers in Bennington. It has been the greatest inspiration to me to see all that she accomplished after the death of her wonderful son Peter. May her life of benefit to so many be a comfort to you. Sincerely yours,
I am truly sorry to read that someone so selfless has died. The world could use more people like her. My sincere condolence to the family. Soon sickness, old age and death will be a thing of the past (Rev.21:4).
Not often do you run across one so aware of the purpose of life....what an inspiration she was and is...
PEACE IS TO LIVE
TO LIVE IS TO LOVE
AND LOVE IS ETERNAL
TIM, HUE' AND CHRISTOPHER LEE SNYDER
HOUSTON TEXAS 77036 USA
Dear Don and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sally was an inspiration to us all. Our love is with you.
In her loving memory, Brian Dubie
Congratulations on a life well lived! We are thinking of you and your family. From the Midwest.
God bless the family,keep them strong.
I was very saddened to learn of Sally's passing. I lost touch with her years back, but she was someone I considered a friend and whom I always felt joy in seeing. Her death makes us all a little poorer. My sympathies.
May God Love, Bless & Take Care of Sarah "Sally" Goodrich Forever & May the Heavenly Angels surround her sweet soul. God Bless her Family.
I so sorry about your loss. May your family find comfort in the days ahead.
To the Family of Sarah Goodrich,
May the Father of all tender mercies and the God of all comfort who see your tears and pain of heart, strenghten you all during this most difficult time. May God's Kingdom promise give added comfort. Rev. 21:3,4
YOUR LOVE WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART.
I'LL CLING ON TO YOUR LOVE
IN MY HEART;
I WON'T LET GO OF YOUR LOVE
IN MY HEART,
YOUR LOVE WILL REMAIN IN MY
I'LL HOLD ON TO YOUR LOVE
SO TIGHTLY AS THOUGH IT WAS
MADE OF GOLD,
YOUR LOVE WILL ALWAYS BE MY
I'LL SEAL UP YOUR LOVE IN MY
I'LL CHERISH YOUR LOVE IN MY
YOUR LOVE WILL ALWAYS BE MY
KEEPSAKE IN MY HEART,
NOT EVEN DEATH ITSELF CAN
SEPARATE YOUR LOVE IN MY
AND I WON'T LET YOUR LOVE
WITHER OR FADE AWAY IN MY
YOUR LOVE WILL ALWAYS LINGER
ON AND ON IN MY HEART;
YOUR LOVE WILL ALWAYS BE IN
MY HEART FOREVER.
THIS POEM IS BROUGHT
TO YOU BY:
LOAVES & FISHES OF
SACRAMENTO OF CALIF.
If there could only be more Sallys & Dons in the world, what a wonderful place this would be. We will miss her being with us but, her goals & actions will remain forever. Our blessing for having had the opportunity to know Sally.
Jim & Dotty Wallace Rutland, Vermont
To the family and friend of Sarah Goodrich. I am sorry for the loss that your family must truly feel right now. we all want to see a time when we will be a united family throught out the world. God's word the Bible assures us at Matthew 6:9,10 that God's kngdom will bring lasting Peace.
God Bless Thoughts and prayers are with the family.
God bless you, dear Sally, and your son in heaven. R.I.P.
Sally and Don have done what we all aspire to . . . touching the lives of many and making a difference. My family has reaped the benefit of Sally's love and generosity through getting to know one of her host students, Naeem. I hope it brings comfort for her family to know that he reflects her spirit and determination for peace. Her passing is untimely (and unfair) but she's built a legacy that will continue to benefit all of us.
I didn't know Ms. Goodrich, but the beautiful obituary you wrote makes me feel that I did. What a remarkable person she was. My deepest sympathy to all her family and friends. Cathy Groves, Savoy
Mark and Family,
Very sorry to hear of Sally's passing.
God bless this beautiful woman. It's heartening to know that she turned the tragedy of losing her son into a such a positive for so many. She is truly an inspiration! My deepest sympathy to those she leaves behind.
I was inspired to hear her take a awful heartache and turn it into a wonderful mission. I hope the people she has helped pay it foreward in years to come.
Her light will glow for years to come.
Rest in heavenly peace. My sincere sympathy to her family and friends.
I am currently deployed to Afghanistan and see the kids daily. God bless her dreams!
A good woman has left us. We were enriched by her presence and mourn her loss. The world is a better place because she lived. Sincere condolences to her family and friends.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
With love and huge respect. Her Irish smile and all that came with it will remain with us for always. Ted Achilles (North Snithfield, RI).
To the the family of Sarah Goodrich - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that Sally will be missed by many.
TO THE FAMILY OF SARAH GOODRICH,I AM TRULY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS,MAY THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT HELP YOU TO ENDURE AT THIS TIME OF GRIEF.PLEASE FIND COMFORT IN READING 2CORINTHAIN 1;3,4.A,W.HOUSTON,TX.
Dear Don, Foster, Kim, Janine, John and family: Words cannot express the sympathy and sadness we feel. Please know that we have thought long in these last days about Sal. God bless you during this time.
We should remember that heroes come in both genders and from all levels of society. God Rest Her Soul.
What a sweet and strong person to do what she did in rural Afghanistan villages with the grief and absurdity of her son's death. I'll remember her.
Mark, Pete, Jed, Don and the rest of the family:
Our sincere condolences on the death of Sally. As kids we had the best time growing up on Crescent Blvd. Sal was right there with all of us playing ball and kick the can. Wow, has the world changed since then. Remember the good times.
To the family and friends of Mrs.Sarah Goodrich
You have my deepest condolence of the lost of your love one. Both you and the world has suffered a great lost. May the God of all comfort who gives comfort to the mourning ones be your constant companion. Isaiah 61:2 B
To Ms. Sarah's family with heartfelt condolences. May our heavenly Father, the God of comfort and tender mercies be with you. WIth deep sympathy,
She is now with our Lord and her son in a much happier and holier place. Our world is now less without her. God Bless those who show incredible kindness in the face of incredible evil and tragedy. May we all learn from her and her husband's examples.
Although it difficult today to see beyond the sorrow may looking back in memory help comfort your tomorrow. [Author unknow].
The hope held out in the Scriptures, come from a loving Father who will not fail to do all that he promised Titus 1:2: Tell us "God cannot lie." All he promises will come true, As you contiune to cherish the beautiful memories of Sarah, rest assured that she is in God memory.
Peace and comfort to the family of a beautiful soul.
My condolenses goes out to the family. It is evident that Sally posses many of the qualities God wants us to have. Faith, hope, love,kindness and much more. May you draw comfort in knowing that God promises a new Heaven and Earth with no more sickness and death, Rev. 21:1-4. No matter what religion you profess all the Holy Books point to paradise...
Dear Don and Family,
Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Sally, after reading the Wall St. Journal this morning, I felt compelled to write and offer my sincere condolences to you all. A remarkable woman!
I am sure all your remembrances of Sally will give you great comfort in the times ahead.
See you in May Don.
Bill Klingenstein '61
We lost an amazing woman and Heaven gained an Angel.
December 22, 2010
Ecclesiastes 7:1 state "A name is better than good oil, and the day of death than the day of one's being born". Especially when one make a name for themselves and this is what Sarah did she will be miss but the GOOD she did will live on in the heart of those who knew and love her. A.W. Richton Park, IL
WHAT A BLESSING SHE WAS AND IS. WE CAN ALL LEARN SOMETHING FROM HER. GOD BLESS HER FAMILY AT THIS TIME.
You did good things for people a world away. We commend you for it... May God Bless you for eternity.
You can be in your son's arms again. Thanks for all you have done for many!
Sarah Goodrich truly was one of the amazing people contributing much humanity. Bless her for her wonderful and steadfast role that she shall always be remembered as one of the sayings goes..."Like a rainbow, gone too soon but never forgotten." I’m sorry for your loss and may God’s peace and my prayers be with you and your family.
From the first day I met her Sally was a kind and caring friend. She left her foot print on my heart and on the hearts of every one who knew her. God will take very good care of her. She was one of his speciel angels on this earth.
Dot Conner N. Bennington, Vt.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
It must be wonderful that she has finally been able to hug her son again. God bless this family.
Dear Goodrich Family,
Sally has accomplished what we should all aspire to and that is to spend our lives doing positive things that will long outlive us. May she now rest in peace. Thank you, Ms. Goodrich for your selfless act of kindness.
God bless you for your humanity. Rest in Peace.
What an inspiring human being!
Truly God will treat her with gentleness and love. What an amazing woman...may her family find peace knowing that she had courage and empathy for others...just amazing!
She was a wondeful lady I am so very sorry
I am sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
may she rest in peace with her son
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
May she rest in peace. My condolonces go out to the family.
From, a fellow 9/11 family survivor member.
Kim, John, Sarah, and Ben,
You have been so blessed to have such a wonderful influence in your lives. Though my heart is breaking for you now, I know that Sally will be with you the rest of your lives, and you will be joyful again.
“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.” I have no doubt that God and Peter are holding a welcoming party for Sally!
All my love,
I am a memeber of families of sepemtber 11. I am truly sorry and I pray that her family deals with this in a good way!
Foster and family, we were saddened to hear about your mothers passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joe & Deb Phillips
Don, Foster & Kim,
I was so sorry to hear of Sally's passing. What an amazing lady! Funny, kind, giving, always looking for the positive. A benchmark for all of us to live by. In my eccentric brain, I imagine God asking Jesus "to move down one" to make room for her at his side!
May her beautiful legacy of love be a balm to your hearts.
Foss & Family~
Long ago, I remember a woman at a Mt. Greylock football game with a long staff, with various instruments attached. The sound graced our ears with her enthusiasm for every single boy on that field...not just her own! HONESTLY, I think of her at every football game that I attend, and that is a large number!
She will be missed far beyond the reach of her many efforts, and past all of us that knew her, her husband, her children, or her grandchildren and into the future...one that she did change!
my mom used to say that to my dad - 'you're not the boss of me" - it must have been in the Donovan genes -
i cant be there Thursday, but my heart has always been
with you. i shared your rebellions and am quite sure, without knowing,that it got us in equal amount of stew.
we are , after all, infinite spiritual beings walking through a temporary human experience. I trust you are now at peace
Don and Foss, my love to you both - keep her smile with you.
Don, Foster & Kim,
All of us here at JP Carrara & Sons send our warmest sympathies. We never had the privilage of meeting Sally but through our working relationship with both you Don and Foster, we know that she was an amazing woman.
I offer my heart-felt condolences and prayers on behalf of Sarah's family and close friends.
Though I did not know her personally, I truly appreciated her work in co-founding Families of September 11, as my brother Anthony passed away in the tragedy of that day.
May you be comforted by memories of her love--and contributions to the betterment of humanity.
Foster & Janine
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
So very sorry for your loss.
I'm so sorry for your loss. Her hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated.
Sincerely, Peggy Garbarini
Sister of LT. Charles Garbarini
Dear Don, Kim and Foster I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your wife mother and grandmother. She was always a lot of fun when i saw her at your house Kim. She was a great lady. You are in my prayers.
Dear Don, Foster, Kim and Family, my deepest sympathies go out to you all. Sally was an amazing woman,I'm glad I had the pleasure of knowing her.My thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
Dear Kim & Family, Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother, Sally. Please know our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you this Holiday Season.
Foster, Janine and Family,
We are very sorry to hear the loss of your mom and grandomother. We hope you can find some peace with your memories and know we think of you during this difficult time. Miss you in Brandon.
We send our love and prayers to you and your family. She was an inspiration to all around her.
Dear Don and Kim,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Sally was a true inspiration and I shall always remember her fantastic laugh. I feel honored to have known her, albeit ever so briefly.
Sally was an amazing woman whom will be missed by all. We had the pleaseure of knowing her many years ago and then my sister did her hair for a long time.RIP you amazing woman
My deepest condolences to you at this difficult time. I never met Sally but have been in awe of you both as you have shared so much of your experience together with me over the past several years. Thankfully, her life was spent with you.
Our Condolences to the Goodrich Family, Sally was a warm, loving careing person. Our daughter was a student of Sally's in the 90's at Monument Elementary, Sally with her love and compassion helped her develope into the avid reader she is today with a love for reading .
May god Bless you at this time . The Mango Family
May you all find solace in the exceptional memories you have of Sal. Both her smile and Pete's are permanently emblazened in my mind.
Dear Foster, Janine & Family,
I was so saddened to read of the passing of your Mom and Grandmother, she sounded like a wonderful, loving person. During this holiday season and the New Year to come may all your memories bring you some comfort. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
With Love & Hugs being sent your way...
Suzanne (Otter Creek Child Center)
No one but Sally could face such losses and battle cancer with such bravery and keep going so long with such energy and determination. "Saint" Don remained behind this successful woman supporting her in all her endeavors. They faught hard to keep Cora B. Whitney School open and Sally was my lifeline during that transition to Molly Stark, especially with computer support! She did so much for the education here in Bennington as well all her impact in Afghanistan. She really isn't gone - she will always be a part of me and who I am today. I'm sure she'll be flying around with Rick. "Look out!"
TO ONE GONE TOO SOON
Little angel, sent from God
To a desperate mother in need,
You touched the hearts of those you loved,
With every word and deed.
The pain you suffered and endured,
Would have conquered a weaker soul
Your willful, stubborn, hope-filled heart
Placed you in a stronger role
Sixty Five precious years
You nurtured love in a woman void
You gave your love, and life and hope
And kept your spirits buoyed.
Now in heaven, Sarah, please,
Keep watch o'er your dearest loves
And always remember, won't you please
You were loved like no other.
You will always be in my heart
This is a really, really good reason to cry... and I intend to do so! Many will join me.
I worked with Sally briefly several years ago - she was an inspiration...Sally's light will glow always in the hearts of those she touched throughout the world...
Dear Don and Foster,
I'm deeply saddened by this news. Sally was an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss her smile, boy could it light up a room,
Kim, Don and Family...
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love and miss her always. I had the pleasure of working with Sally years ago in North Adams Public Schools when she was doing Title 1...She had the most infectious laugh and the most positive attitude of anyone I ever met...She is with Peter now...RIP Sally
Don - my condolences - thinking of you during this difficult time
Dear Don and Foss,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. What a legend. Sally will be sadly missed by so many.
Tom and Sue Murray
Thinking of you all at this sad Time....
Dear Don and Family:
We are so saddened to hear this news. How we have enjoyed seeing you on a sunny summer's day at Verdmont. She was a most amazing person and a true inspiration. Our love and thoughts are with you.
Peter and Cami Graves
East Thetford, VT
Sorry to hear Don, She always put a smile on my face when I saw her. I will remember her smile forever.
She will be missed...
Brian and Family
Dear Don and family,
Our sincere sympathy to you at this difficult time. She will be fondly remembered.
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Sally's passing. The last time we spoke we were laughing about her bringing some of her "girls" and coming to visit us in Florida.
While your hearts are heavy as you miss her, let the joy of knowing that her struggle is now over bring you some peace and comfort. And what a delight to know that she is now sitting and holding Peter's hand, as they both watch over you.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Don and family,
My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to you and yours at this time of such great loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all and will be in the days ahead.
(former Evans' employee)
I am so sorry to hear of Sally's passing. I worked with Sally at Molly Stark School years ago. May you feel comfort in knowing that Sally is surrounded by God's pure loving light. May you draw strength in knowing that someday you will be united in perfect joy on the spiritual plane.
Don and family,
There are no words to express my feelings. Sally was the most wonderful, special woman I think I have ever known. There is certainly a brand new, brightly shining star in the heavens. My prayers to you all.
Bobbi Tassone & Family
Don,Foss, and family,
Out thoughts are with you in your time of grief. Elaine, Christopher Gregory Graham Hobe Sound, Fl
My heart is broken, yet I know she is in a far better place. I am so sorry, Don.
Dan and Foss, There are no words to express our sympathy. She was one of the finest to ever walk this earth.
I'm so saddened by the loss of Sally. I met her when I was running the Girl Scout Camp on White Oaks Road. She was a kind, friendly and giving woman. Heaven is getting one of the best angels ever!
I was so saddened to hear of Sally's passing. We were great friends years ago in grade school here in Bennington. Such a fun, wonderful person. She'll be greatly missed.
To Don, Foster, Janine, Kim and John and wonderful Grand Children,
We are sending our love and prayers to each of you. We have been laughing at our memories of good times with Sal and all of you and feeling sadness at the emptiness we'll all feel without her. Jim and Sharon May
One of the greatest spirits in the Berkshire community and the community of 9/11 families has gone to a much deserved reward, and a different way of leading and inspiring us to share in her amazing work of peace-making in the face of unspeakable evil and pain. Thank you Don and Foster and Kim for sharing her precious minutes on earth to make the world a better place.
Don and Foss,
I am so so sorry. Sally was the best.
A favorite photo.