COLRAIN - Robert B. ""Lefty"" Goodell Sr., 94, of 17 Coombs Road, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Sunday, June 30.
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He was born in Greenfield, Oct. 7, 1918, the son of Earl and Elva (Brownson) Goodell. He was a 1936 graduate of Arms Academy in Shelburne Falls.
Lefty was a self-employed dairy farmer. He was a committee member of the USDA Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service and served as chairman for six years. He was also treasurer of the Franklin Soil Conservation District and a supervisor of the District for five years. He participated in the Colrain Grange, the Farm Bureau and was a director of the Greenfield Farmers' Cooperative Exchange.
After retiring from farming, he was employed by the Town of Colrain as road superintendent, a position he held for several years.
He also was town assessor for 25 years.
Lefty was an avid hunter and a devoted New York Yankees fan. He enjoyed wintering in
Florida with his wife and friends.
His wife, the former Leola M. (Smith), predeceased him on Dec. 4, 2012.
Survivors include his son, Robert B. Jr. (Michele) of Buckland; five daughters, Jean (David) Baker of Virginia, Jane (Perry) Johnson of Colrain, Sandra (Joseph) Raymond of Easthampton, Susan Paulson of Idaho and Betty-Ann Smith (Jon Gould) of Maine; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his only brother, William.
A graveside service will be held Friday, July 5, at 11 a.m. in Brick Cemetery in Colrain.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers it is suggested donations be made to the Colrain Volunteer Ambulance Assoc., c/o of Harriet Dyer, P.O. Box 37, Colrain, Ma 01340.
To send a message of condolence, visit: www.smithkelleherfuneralhome.com.
Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home Inc
40 Church St
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Published in The Recorder on July 3, 2013