Brian Stephen Gooding passed away peacefully on 13, April, 2015, at his home with his family at his side, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was 62 years young. Brian was a native of Trinidad and Tobago and was both the Junior and Senior National Cycling Champion, holding many records and winning many awards. Prior to coming to America, he held the Western Hemisphere record for the individual 1000 meters time trial and the flying 200 meters time trial. He was a graduate of St. Mary's College, Port of Spain.
He arrived in the United States in January 1972 to attend Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, where he graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with emphasis in economics. After graduation, he decided to pursue a career in the petroleum industry, and moved to Houston, which he called home until January 2014 when he decided to retire in Sun City, Georgetown, Texas. For over 35 years he worked with all of the major service companies, ending his career with Schlumberger working on the BP Mad Dog oil field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, completing wells and helping to train new engineers.
Brian was an intelligent, kindhearted, fun-loving, considerate, caring, thoughtful and generous person who never met a stranger and would give anyone the shirt off his back. Brian had great affection and fondness for his dogs. He loved music and movies and amassed a vast collection that he shared with everyone. He was passionate about golf and played at every opportunity afforded. Even when he was ill, he drove his golf cart to the course to hit a ball or two. In addition, he enjoyed cooking on the grill while indulging in a good rum and coke and listening and dancing to a lively calypso or steel band. He relished the outdoors and was an avid gun collector who liked to target practice at the range. Raised on an island, he enjoyed the beach and activities associated with the water, including boating and surfing. His motorbike was his pride and joy.
Brian is survived by his loving wife Kelli (formally Klima), son Bradley, daughter Jamie Keenan (Jeff), granddaughters Eryn and Jessie Keenan, sisters PatriciaGooding and Kathleen Scott (Martin), brothers Patrick (Betty) and Norman Augustus (Zoila), his nephew-in-crime Mark Scott (Eva) and numerous other nephews and nieces. Brother-in-law, Doug Klima, provided endless care and was his mentor and spiritual supporter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Edna (Goodman), a sister Alison, and a brother John Augustus (Ailsa).
The family would like to thank Erica Surrency and Jasmine Crown with Scott and White Hospice for their tender care of Brian.
In accordance with his wishes, he will be cremated. All family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and acquaintances will be summoned to assemble for a celebration of his wonderful life at a later date in Georgetown, Texas.
You may share a message or memory in the memorial guestbook atwww.RamseyFuneral.com
Published by Houston Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015.