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George L. Goodrich Jr.


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George L. Goodrich Jr. Obituary
George L. Goodrich, Jr.

Northfield - The passing on February 7th of our Dad, George, "Junie", at the age of 82 removed from Northfield's business ranks one of its most enterprising leaders. He had played an active role here for six decades.

He was owner of the cable television service, first started by his father in 1951, that enabled Northfield to become the first community in New England to enjoy the services of Cable TV. Most of his time was spent dedicated to Trans-Video, his family business. He took pride in carrying on the legacy from his father. Dad was the driving force behind the evolution of the company, bringing it from a modest Cable TV company to where it is today as a full service telecommunications business.

He was born in Northfield on February 11, 1935, the first child of five, to George L. Goodrich and Florence (Mitzi) Goodrich (Jeppson). He grew up on the family farm where he and his siblings helped to care for and milk the cows during the early grade school years.

Following his graduation from Northfield High School in 1953, Dad enlisted in the US Air Force proudly serving for four years.

Dad was a staunch supporter of the Norwich Men's Hockey team, attending all their home games with much enthusiasm. Although many times he would leave early being so anxious by a close game he would finish listening to the game on the radio at home. He was honored by the Blue Line Club as Fan of the Year.

Throughout his life Dad was known as Northfield's most loyal Boston Red Sox fan and shared this passion with his children. During their younger years, they enjoyed many games together at Fenway Park. He could easily be recognized by his Red Sox license plate. You could always find Dad enjoying his daily cup of coffee at the Common Café. Dad had a love for Atlantic City and the notorious Canadian mints that will continue to be a staple for his customers.

He was a member of the DeWitt-Clinton Lodge, a life-long member of the American Legion and a longtime member of the Northfield Jaycees, serving as president of the organization for many years. During his leadership with the Jaycees, Dad took great pride and was instrumental in the development of the ski area known as Northfield Jaycees Cook's Hill.

One of Dad's greatest accomplishments, of which he was most proud, was being a single Dad and raising his six children.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Julie, granddaughter Lauren and his daughter-in-law Carol.

Dad will be deeply missed by his daughters Jill Goodrich (Bruce), Sherri Brickey (Barry) and Jennifer Seaver (Paul) and sons George L. Goodrich, III (Julie) and Todd Goodrich, his 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; his siblings Chloe Schwager, Thomas J. Goodrich, Carlie Goodrich and Robert Goodrich along with many nieces and nephews.

Respecting Dad's wishes the family honored and celebrated his life with a private service.

The family is grateful for the care provided by the Mayo Healthcare staff.

In honor of his love for the Red Sox, donations in his memory may be made to:

The Red Sox Foundation

4 Yawkey Way

Boston, MA 02215

[email protected]

The Red Sox Foundation's primary focus is in serving the children and families in need across New England.
Published in The Burlington Free Press from Feb. 9 to Feb. 13, 2018
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