John C. Goodwin

Demarest, New Jersey


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GOODWIN John C., 75, died Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Emerson Healthcare, Emerson, NJ, where he spent the last year of his life. The son of Rev. R. Dean and Almira Goodwin, John grew up in Tenafly, NJ; he attended Tenafly High School and graduated from Ottawa University, Kansas, in 1963. He...

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Arnette at home 2017

So Sad to hear this news of John... such a beautiful person... led me on an adventure of tracing my heritage in Demarest, going to the Historical Society, tracking family homes in Bergen Cnty, nature walks and educating me on the Demarest History.... So kind as to welcome myself and family members on several occassions and keeping me posted on Demarest celebrations...I will hold dear the memories and the memorabelia he took the time to send me for my history.... thank you John for your...

I came looking for John and found his obit. This is sad news. John was a wonderful mentor to me as a teenager on the New York Metropolitan Youth Hostel hiking trips we took together in New York State and Vermont in '72 and '73. I see on this site Allan Kauders' tribute to our fellow hiker. We powered through the rain, mud, and sickness but we saw nature on a mind-blowing scale for a teenager -- with John, I went birch tree swinging and soaring in the sky; I saw the aurora borealis in...

John and his former wife Joan led an American Youth Hostels trip in 1973. The trip hiked the Long Trail from Massachusetts to Canada, through Vermont. John and Joan were great leaders---thoughtful, connected with the group of teenagers they were leading, and fun to be around. (A further recollection... it was a very wet and muddy summer, and Joan managed to never get any mud on herself---no one knew how she managed that).

I'm very happy to learn that John led a full,...

John was and still is an inspiration of human kindness to all of us who walked with him.

He touched the lives of so many. And he did the right things for the right reasons. What an inspiration you are, John

Mr. Goodwin's presence throughout the town of Demarest, as well as on this earth, will forever be a cherished and treasured one. Fondly, I remember the days when he continuously told me to search up the history of the peace sign, as my name refers to the meaning of peace' in the Greek language.

I've often searched for a secret meaning within the peace sign wikipedia page in an effort to find a hidden treasure that Mr. Goodwin was trying to bestow upon me. After thorough analysis,...

We will never forget when John picked us up on a trip to New York City and treated us to a day out with him--including picnic lunches and dinner out of his car and a visit to the Storm King open air art center and a concert at West Point. All of this plus tablecloths was managed by John and his scooter. I get misty-eyed remembering it. Of course, we will always enjoy our memories of him through his photographs. Great guy! He will be missed.

~Dee and Tony Geisler

We were very saddened to hear of John's passing. John was the first of many welcoming faces at the Demarest Nature Center when we joined many years ago. We will always remember his genuine interest in others, his thoughtfulness when joining a discussion, his care for nature and the environment and most of all his perseverance in embracing all that life has to offer on a daily basis. It was an honor to have been John's friend.
Our most heartfelt condolences to his family. Teddy, Dimitri,...

John and I shared some wonderful experiences doing stories for the Board of Global Ministries. So very sorry to hear of his passing.