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Francis A. Goodway

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Goodway, Francis A. DAVENPORT, Fla. Frank Goodway, 84, passed away suddenly in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on November 11, 2012. Born February 17, 1928 in Syracuse, he was the fourth child of the late Albert H.and Minola B. (Hubbard) Goodway. He was prede-ceased by his wife of 44 years, Roberta A. (Bobbie Ransom) Goodway of Queens, and his brothers, Lewis J. Goodway of Houston, and Albert H. who died during childhood. He was the beloved father of Kathleen M. (Goodway) Chakonas, (son-in-law George C. Chakonas), Kevin J. Goodway, and Shawn M. Goodway, and is also survived by his sister, Violet A. (Goodway) Osborne; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Frank is also survived by his best friend, Penny West of Bolsover, Ontario, Canada and Davenport, Fla. who was his companion of 11 years. Frank attended Syracuse Central School where he first became acquainted with his future wife. In 1946 during his studies at Jacksonville Junior College, then Georgia Tech, he was enlisted in the U.S. Navy V5 program. In 1950, Frank became a New York State Trooper. He took leave during that period to serve in the Army during the Korean conflict where he was a member of Gen. Ridgway's Honor Guard. In 1955, he married Bobbie in Syracuse and started his family. Frank became interested in computers in the 1960s and worked as the data processing manager at Farm Family Insurance. Later, he became director of data processing services at Board of Cooperative Educational Services and moved to Clifton Park. In his 18-year tenure, Frank expanded its services and catchment area exponentially. He retired at age 57 in 1985. In his 27 years of retirement, Frank volunteered for countless causes, including serving as a luge judge at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, as chairman of the Adirondack AAU, and taught bridge, computer use, and genealogy. He volunteered for many years at the Schenectady Air Show, ultimately becoming president. As an active member of his Community Emergency Response Team, Frank procured defibrillators by establishing a recycling program to raise funds. His pet project was compiling data for the gen-web site for the Saratoga Campaign of the Revolutionary War where he located and entered tens of thousands of battle participants into the website. He had recently begun contacting descendants of members who fought in the battles. Besides his volunteer work, Frank was an avid reader and loved golf, bridge and poker as well as world travel. Frank will be interred at the Saratoga National Cemetery with full military honors. Donations may be made in his honor to the (donate. americanheart.org).
Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 17, 2012
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