Joseph Goddard
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Dr. J.D (Joseph) Goddard passed after a brief illness on February 14, 2020. He was the Artistic Director and Founder of Master Singers Chorale (MSC). He had retired as Artistic Director of Chagrin Choral Union. Through the years, he was also the conductor of Euclid Symphony; Director of Opera and voice teacher at The University of Akron and Kent State University (interm); served as a clinician for choral and orchestral groups throughout the United States; was performing artist with the Los Angeles Co-Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Company, Santa Fe Opera Company, and Kenley Players. He has also served as chair of voice and opera departments at Amarillo College; and was Choir Director at The Church in Silver Lake and St. Sebastian Church. He has served on many boards in the greater Akron/Cleveland area. Dr. Goddard received his formal musical training and BA, MA in choral conducting at Occidental College under Dr. Howard Swan. He developed his baritone/tenor vocal training with Jess Walters who was lead baritone with the Coventry Garden Opera of England. At The University of Texas, he earned his MM in operatic performance and DMA in choral conducting. J.D. enjoyed his retirement playing golf in numerous leagues. He appreciated his wonderful golfing friends. He was a new member of AHEPA. He leaves behind his dear dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Joe Goddard as well as brother-in-law, Waveland D. Davis. J.D is survived by his wife, Pearlmarie Y. Goddard (Dr.); stepchildren, Darren (Vanessa) Whitford and Melody (Matt) Hunter; grandchildren, Olivia and Ethan Hunter, and Owen Smith and Kendall Whitford; sister-in-law, Maryelyn Davis. Per J.D.'s request, private interment will be taking place. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Akron Community Foundation or a charity of your choice. A memorial gathering will be held Thursday at Adams Mason Funeral Home, 791 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44305 (330-535-9186), on February 20, 2020 from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2020.
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June 6, 2020
Saddened to learn of JD's passing. We were both members of the glee club at Occidental College in the 1960s and we also performed in a summer theater production together. I always knew that JD would accomplish great things in his life, and he did not disappoint. My sincere condolences to his family.
Philip Jones
February 22, 2020
My condolences. I fondly remember a high school homecoming dinner that JD and Pearlmarie hosted for Melody and friends and they served us all wearing dog noses and ears.
Joannie (Leiter) Good
February 20, 2020
As a member of St. Sebastian Choir under his guidance I remember how much he taught us not only about "singing" but about music in general. He was a gifted man.
Janet Heilmeier
February 20, 2020
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February 19, 2020
Memory eternal to a great friend, golf partner, fellow AHEPIAN, and a true gentleman.

Rest in peace my friend,
Fred Karm
February 19, 2020
It was a pleasure to work with J.D. during his tenure as director of the Euclid Symphony Orchestra. He will be missed.
Ryan Roberts, Sr.
February 19, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of JD's passing. He was always very kind to me growing up and throughout my life. My deepest condolences to all.
Sarah Whitford
February 19, 2020
jerry tona
February 18, 2020
Sending loving thoughts and sympathy. Thank you JD. Samuel Gordon and members of Singers Companye.
Samuel Gordon
February 18, 2020
My deepest condolences to Pearlmarie and J.D.'s entire family. I truly enjoyed his brief time as director Western Reserve Chorale and the chance I had to perform with Master Singers. His passing is a tremendous loss to the music community.
Stacy Newman
February 18, 2020
Im so sad for your loss of this great man...JD Goddard! I never met him, but I knew him well through his wonderful parents Helen and Joe. Joe (Mr. Goddard) was my freshman World History teacher at Alhambra high school and I adored him...I got the privilege to know him better when Helen started taking craft classes at my moms Shop(Bobis Hobbys). Helen and Joe always shared what their son was doing and spoke of him with great pride and deep love! I was shocked by JDs passing and know the pain of losing a husband so my heart breaks for you Pearlmarie!
Cheryl Hughes
February 18, 2020
Pearlmarie, we are so sorry for your loss. Kathy and I had no idea of J.D.'s many accomplishments in his life and so enjoyed reading about them. We knew him as quiet, private and not a boastful person. He sure had plenty to boast about. We only wish we could have heard him sing. Wishing you God's peace in the coming days. All our love, Karl and Kathy Barto.
February 18, 2020
Kathy Barto
February 18, 2020
It was an honor to sing under the direction of J.D during my two years as a member of Master Singers Chorale. His passion for music and caring heart will forever be remembered by all who knew him. Pearlmarie, you and the rest of your family are in my prayers.
Courtney Sebastian
February 18, 2020
Laura Montgomery
February 18, 2020
Pearlmarie, I am so sorry for your loss. JD was an unique and incredible individual. He will be heartily missed in the choral music world.
Peggy McCann
February 18, 2020
We are very saddened with the passing of our very good friend J. D. We had many years of good times with J. D. and Pearlmarie and enjoyed his musical accomplishments, he will be missed. Our sincere condolences to Pearlmarie.
Ron and Patty Smith
February 18, 2020
Pearlmarie, we are deeply saddened by the news of your loss and pray that God will give you comfort and peace. Our most sincere condolences.
Gary & Roberta Reese
February 18, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Adams Mason Funeral Home - Akron
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