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Kinsley M. Goodrich

1925 - 2013 DALTON Kinsley Maxson Goodrich, 88, of Dalton passed away peacefully on March 14, 2013 at Hillcrest Commons

The only son of Clifford M. and Dorothy Ferry Goodrich, Kinsley was born on February 11, 1925. He attended West Pittsfield elementary school where his grandmother was principal. He graduated from the former Dalton High School on June 17, 1943 and enlisted in the service the same day.

During World War II, he was a member of the Sea Bees as a Carpenter's Mate Second Class. During the war his unit made causeways on Omaha Beach, Normandy. The unit was one of the first to arrive at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal; European African Middle Eastern Theater medal, one star; Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal; American Theater Medal and Philippine Liberation Theater Medal.

Upon returning to Dalton, he met Marjorie Rudd, "the girl with the beautiful smile", and they were married on November 28, 1946. He joined his father in the family business, C.M. Goodrich & Son, Inc. Upon the death of his father in 1958, Kinsley became the owner and president of the company. Under his leadership the company grew and became a well-known company of architectural millwork not only in Western Massachusetts, but also New York and Vermont.

Kinsley's life passions were woodworking and building precise replicas of Berkshire trolley cars. His skill for detail earned him "Best in Show" for his model of The Berkshire Street Railway open parlor car. He was the foremost authority on the history of the Berkshire Street Railway knowing when each car was built, their routes, when each was "retired" and in which car barn they were stored. In his later years he loved to solve trolley identification questions via the internet. He also fulfilled his life dream of operating a trolley car when he became a motorman for the Connecticut Trolley Museum.

Kinsley was a member of the Unity Lodge of Dalton serving as master in 1965, a volunteer fireman for the town of Dalton in the early fifties, and a member of the VFW.

Kinsley is survived by his daughters, Deborah (William) Lee, Dorothy (Craig) Walton and Darlene (Dennis) Masengo; and a son, Duane Goodrich. He also leaves his grandchildren, Rebecca (Robert) Montgomery, Matthew Lee, Jennifer (Justin) Bell, Kurt (Simona) Russett, Katie Russett, Jeb Walton, Toby (Lindsay) Walton, and Joshua Goodrich. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren; Katelyn Montgomery, Quinten Coughlin-Walton, Jack Walton and Sebastian Goodrich.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie, and granddaughter, Tracie G. Walton.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours will be 4 to 7, Tuesday, March 19 at BARTLETT WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME, 525 Main Street, Dalton. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, March 20, 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 514 Main Street, Dalton.

Memorial donations may be made to Berkshire Parlor Car Restoration Fund, Seashore Trolley Museum, PO Box A, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 or Connecticut Trolley Museum, PO Box 360, Warehouse Point, East Windsor, CT 06088.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 18, 2013
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