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Lawrence Goodman

Olympia, Washington


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Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park Obituary

Lawrence V. "Larry" Goodman's death on November 11, 2017, at the age of 78, evoked tributes from friends and colleagues at the Olympia Symphony, the Washington State Federation of State Employees (WFSE) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Larry...

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Larry was one of the most incredibly intelligent and articulate people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His negotiating skills were amazing, and his legacy is an indelible impression on the history and rights of all Washington State employees. It's an honor to have known him, and I was saddened to learn of his passing.

I worked with Larry for a number of years and admired his sense of equity for all. I am so sad to hear of his passing and his struggle.

Cynthia Harris

Cecille, Tom and I are thinking of you and remembering Larry. I know that Larry and Tom shared a bond since they spent time at in-patient recovery. Let me know if I can be any help. Mary Ellen Bradley

The Olympia Symphony Orchestra will miss Larry dearly. I will miss seeing him at our concerts, his hugs, and talking about music and union politics together. Even at his last concert, when he told me his health was very bad, he still had a twinkle in his eye and excitement for the great works the symphony played so well. He has had a huge role in helping to develop the bring great works to our audience year after year. It is fitting that we are playing Beethoven 9 again this year, and I...

Larry Goodman spent so much of his life on behalf of the State's workers. He was hard hitting in negotiations and dedicated to supporting his Union and its members. I remember a trip back from an RPEC convention in Yakima with him when the muffler fell off his Jeep at the top of Chinook Pass. It was a bit noisy the rest of the way home. Larry should be remembered as a pioneer in State labor relations and as a crusader for the betterment of the worker. I wasn't always on the same side of...

giving him a hug....he will me missed....

On behalf of my fellow 1956 graduating class of Orting, Washington we will miss Larry - he was always so willing to MC the proceedings. I looked forward to seeing him at our reunions...our last was 60 years. Happy I was there to give him a hug.....