EAST MONTPELIER - Stanley Dale Goodrich, 63, of East Montpelier, died peacefully Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the Veterans Affairs hospital in White River Junction, following a courageous battle with cancer. His loving wife was at his side.
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He was born August 29, 1949, in Hardwick, the son of the late Earl J. and Beatrice (Moore) Goodrich. He attended Woodbury public school and graduated from Hardwick Academy in the class of 1967. He continued his education at Champlain College in Burlington.
Survivors include his loving wife, Helen (Payette) Goodrich of East Montpelier, married on April 2, 1994, but together for 37 years; a daughter from his first marriage, Michelle Nordberg of Burlington; two stepdaughters, Brandi Rae Roberts and Paul Fowler of Plainfield, and Renee Hotaling and her husband, Frank, of Westford; five grandchildren, Jocelyn, Monique, Casse, Makenzie and Lindsey; one great-grandson, Beau William Trudo of Westford, and one great-granddaughter, Zoey Rae Flood of Plainfield; three brothers, Roger Goodrich of Craftbury, Reginald Goodrich of Ocala, Fla., and Roy Goodrich of Clearwater, Fla.; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He entered the United States Marine Corps on February 27, 1969, during the Vietnam Era. He was honorably discharged on December 29, 1971. In his earlier years, Stanley was employed by the State of Vermont in the Department of Motor Vehicles and later by the State of Vermont Liquor Store in Stowe and Montpelier and Capital Candy Company in Barre. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 29 years. He worked 15 of those years in Hampton Beach, N.H. He returned to Vermont in 2005 and worked in the Essex processing plant and later moved to the mail sorting department of the U.S. Postal Service in Montpelier.
Stanley attended the Faith Community Church and the Hedding United Methodist Church, both in Barre. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He built them a two-level treehouse for their enjoyment when they came to visit. He enjoyed traveling, meeting people and was always willing to tell a good joke.
A celebration of life will be held at the Faith Community Church in Barre at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013. There will be no visiting hour. Burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Faith Community Church, 30 Jones Brothers Way, Barre, Vt. 05641; or to the Disabled American Veterans, National Service Office, VA Medical Center, 215 North Main St., White River Juntion, Vt. 05009; or to the Hedding United Methodist Church, 40 Washington St., Barre, Vt. 05641.
Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service, 60 Elm Street, Hardwick, is assisting family with arrangements.
Published in Times Argus on Apr. 22, 2013