1960 - 2020
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GOODWIN Steven Jay Goodwin May 23, 1960 - April 22, 2020 Steven Jay Goodwin, beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, died suddenly, of unknown causes, on April 22, 2020 in Arlington, VA. Steve was larger than life, with a genius sense of humor. Steve never went a day without telling his adored wife of more than 20 years, Susan, how beautiful she was, how much he loved her and how she was his greatest over-achievement. When each of his sons, Dustin and Spencer, were born, he wrote them letters that started by saying this "letter is the beginning of the open communications that I hope will be a cornerstone of our father-son relationship." He taught them that it's ok for a man to cry, express his emotions and do the laundry, and at the same time, be a fierce competitor, passionate/suffering Redskins fan, a handy-man around the house and mischievous trickster. His wife would have to remind him that he was a dad, not one of the "boys," who often instigated the wrestling matches and general shenanigans he pretended to condemn. Steve took great joy in cheering his sons on from the sidelines of their lacrosse games, the bleachers at their basketball games and photo shoots of the boys with their beautiful dates before school dances. Steve was everyone's wordsmith and number one communicator. No family document, speech or post of importance escaped his discerning eye. One of his former co-workers revealed that Steve was the type of writer who inspired you to check your own work over before letting Steve see it. You wanted it to be good enough. Another joked Steve was on the other side now with his red pencil in hand. Steve's partner at BrandFoundations, the marketing firm he co-founded and served as the Principle and Brand Architect, marveled that Steve always knew exactly what to say and how and when to say it. Across the country and across generations, members of the ultimate frisbee community are also mourning the loss of the past president of the Washington Area Frisbee Club, the patriarch of the Hamilton College Ultimate Frisbee club, and the three time world champion participant. Steve was also beloved and respected in both the Ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee Golf communities. If the tributes pouring in are any indication, he was legendary. He was especially famous for his limericks and witty cheers after every game. One former teammate shared that anyone who ever played on a team with Steve knew to go deep when they saw him getting ready to throw the disc. The Washington, DC area music scene will also never be the same. Steve looked most at home with a bass guitar slung over his shoulder. With his photographic memory and perfect ear, he could play anything perfectly. The last band he was a member of was a six piece rock/jazz improvisational group playing clubs in their hometowns of Arlington and Alexandria, VA. His bandmates said that there was a special magic in playing music with someone so big-hearted. "His kindness and integrity suffused every note." He and his wife, Susan, always loved to sing and play guitar together, even when they were first dating. He proposed to Susan on one knee, strumming the guitar and crooning a song that he wrote for her. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of classic rock and other genres. They first bonded over their common love of the Grateful Dead. He was an aficionado of the band; not only could he talk extensively in great detail about specific eras of the band, but also particular shows. Everyone should spin his favorite "Dead" show, which is Fox Theater, Atlanta May 19, 1977. Every family has that one person who holds it together. For ours, it was Steve. His compound was a unique mixture of biting wit and unconditional love. A single text from Steve could propel its target into uncontrollable laughter. A single word could provide its recipient with exactly the support they needed. His sisters, Amy and Barbara, say Steve never missed an opportunity to provide praise or to tell them that he loved them. His mother, Blanche, knows how lucky she was to have such a close connection and relationship with her son. She says Steve was the kind of man who was not afraid to sit down with a table full of women and talk warmly and openly. Steven Jay Goodwin had a rare gift. He could make each person he knew feel like the most important in his life. It was not difficult for Steve, as he had room in his abundant heart for all. He adapted his multidimensional personality, whether it be the athlete, the bass player, the intellect or the comedian to find a special bond with each friend or relative. Many say that he was a Renaissance man with all of his talents, hobbies and emotional intelligence. Everyone insists that he made them a better person. He lived and loved passionately, almost as if he knew life was too short to waste a moment. Indeed, life was much too short for our beloved. Steve, we are sorry for any typos, grammatical errors or missed opportunities with a turn of phrase. We know, and will always know, that you would have done it all infinitely better. Steve is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Susan Lieberman Goodwin, and his sons, Dustin, 19, and Spencer, 17. Other survivors include his mother Blanche (Peach) Rosen Goodwin, his father and mother-in-law, David and Renee Sapero Lieberman, his siblings, Barbara Goodwin and Amy (Daniel) Ellison, his sister-in-law, Linda Lieberman Citron (Steven, M.D.), his brother-in-law, Jonathan (Andrea Brody) Lieberman, as well as his nephews and nieces, Henry and Ruby Ellison, Sara Citron (Michael) Kandel and Eric (Jenna Weiner) Citron, Asher and Gabrielle Lieberman and great-nephew. Liam Kandel. He was preceded in death by his father, Phillip Goodwin of blessed memory. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Steve's memory to a charitable organization that funds high-quality music education in and out of the classroom to help underserved students on a path to college, career, and life success..
Published by The Washington Post on Apr. 26, 2020.
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Beautiful tribute. Such an amazing man. He was such a positive force in all facets of life. He always had kind and humorous words in every interaction. Rest in Peace, Steve. Love and comfort to you all in this difficult time.
Tim Rowe
May 8, 2020
Elizabeth Revenaugh
May 7, 2020
Eric Fischman
May 6, 2020
Dear: Susan, Spencer and Dustin

Peach informed us yesterday of your lost of Steven. When we saw him, these were times of joy and laugher.

It is with deep sorrow and sympathy that we learn of his home going. We pray that God will sustain the family during this time of loss.

While, we had not seen each other in years, Steven and the family were often through of. Our heartfelt, love and prayers go out to the family.

Thinking of the family at this difficult time and wishing you all the healing power of many beautiful memories.
Chris & Janice Evans
May 2, 2020
Condolences from the Connor Family. Steve started as a client, then became a coworker, and finally friend. Rest in peace, Steve.
Tim Connor
April 30, 2020
Steve was a classmate at Hamilton College. Although we had not been in touch since then, I can still recall his friendliness, smile and kind words during our undergraduate years together. I'm so glad to learn that he went on to have a life full of well-deserved friendship
and love...and so sorry that it has ended too soon. Please accept my sympathy.

Lisa Beck 82
Lisa Beck
April 29, 2020
We are deeply saddened for your loss, he was a great guy! Ian and Sarah Beaton-Williams
April 29, 2020
I will miss Steve greatly. We became fast friends as soon as we met at Hamilton College where we roomed on the same floor in Root Hall. We shared a major, a love of the Dead, music, Ultimate, were roommates and best buddies. I can still hear him crooning the Dead song El Paso, which I loved to tease him about. My deepest condolences to Susan, Spencer and Dustin and the family he loved.
David Kassay
April 28, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear this news. Steve was one of my supervisors in my first job out of college at AIS. He was only 29 at the time, but he seemed so wise - with such a youthful spirit. He even convinced me to play ultimate a couple times even though I couldn't flick it. He was kind and treated me with respect. We goofed around at times, but he also expected nothing but the best out of me and others. He was special. I'm very sorry to hear this news.
Mark Hand
April 28, 2020
Dear Susan, Dustin, Spencer. I am so sad to learn of Steve's passing. I enjoyed seeing him occasionally at TRS. Steve allowed me to join him a number of years ago as an assistant coach for the kids ultimate team. I was a walk on coach and he was not sure what to do with me at first. Well, he helped me fit right in as you might expect. My tenure was short, but made all the better by Steve. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Bob Bushkoff
April 28, 2020
Go deep chicken man. We're so, so sad. My condolences.
Ken Ryan
April 28, 2020
Colum Muccio
April 27, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss and shocked by all of this. The numerous messages prove what a beloved and wonderful man Steve is as he touched so many people. Most recently he reached out to me over Facebook to reconnect with his cousin over our love for ultimate frisbee. I am so sad that it was a short lived rekindling of family and it appears through all the love that he left behind, that this was only the beginning of what could have been great conversations. My deepest sympathy for all that knew him and were touched by his life!
April 27, 2020
Susan, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. May you, Dustin and Spencer find comfort in knowing how very loved Steve was and still is. With sympathy, the Olson family - Scott, Melissa, Jake and Olivia
April 27, 2020
Steve's life of kindness, thoughtfulness, wit, joy and love is a light that will shine forever in his family, friends and community.
Liz Madison
April 27, 2020
A great man and a good friend. He will be missed, but never forgotten. Sending our deepest condolences from Pittsburgh.
Jeff Flick
April 27, 2020
Grateful for the opportunity to have known such a kind, talented and joyful man. He was truly full of life and brought life where ever he went.
Chris Ashe
April 27, 2020
Steve was everything his shining Washington Post obit says, and more. A beautiful guy in every sense of the word. A soulmate to me on several levels. He leaves an enormous hole in the fabric of our world. To say he will be sorely missed is an understatement. You're here in our hearts, Steve. Right here.
Chuck Kleymeyer
April 26, 2020
It was with great sadness that I heard of Steve's passing. I consider myself so fortunate to have gotten to know him and his family. My heart hurts for all who grieve the loss of such an exceptional man. May the many sweet and warm memories of him eventually ease the pain of his loss.
April 26, 2020
Kathy Faller
April 26, 2020
You changed my life, buddy. And our work together changed the world for the better. I will forever keep the spirit of our partnership alive. And I will be there for your family, always. Godspeed.
JP Laqueur
April 26, 2020
I love you, buddy. I'm holding Susan, Dustin, Spencer and the rest of your wonderful family in the light.
Chris Gearon
April 26, 2020
Steve was a fixture in my life since I was born, he will be sorely missed by the Gearon Family. Rest easy, Steve.
Jake Gearon
April 26, 2020
A wonderful tribute for a quality character. He will live on in our memories.
April 26, 2020
I knew Steve from Hamilton College and also from Arlington when I started teaching at Campbell and realized co teachers Knew him and his family. I knew of his band Left On Lincoln. Got to hear them play once. Knew that he and my husband Dennis had so much in common from their frisbee days at Hamilton, their traveling to Dead shows together with other Hamilton friends, and that they shared some of the same qualities in their personalities... competitiveness, gratitude, appreciation for life, love, family and friends... and more. I am so sad he no longer walks the earth with the rest of us. My condolences to Susan, Dustin, Spencer, and to the rest of Steve's family , his Mom, siblings, everyone. May you all be comforted among the mourners of Zion. and may Steve's memory endure for blessing. Love is stronger than death. He will live in each of your hearts forever.
Rene (Don) Boni
April 26, 2020
Steve was a great guy and a lot of fun to be around. He will live on in our memories.
TJ Cawley
April 26, 2020
"You can't 'should' your heart." Steve said that to me some 30 years ago, and in the moment I had no idea what it meant, or what it would mean to me. He knew even as a young man that emotions were going to be felt regardless of what we wanted. It has been such a joy to see his love for family and community through the years, mostly on Facebook but occasionally around town and on the sidelines. This loss is so deeply felt by so many, and while none of us wants to experience this pain, you can't should your heart. His memory is a blessing.
Essie Wagner
April 26, 2020
He was just...the best. I miss him badly. Much love to all his family and friends.
Tim Hermes
April 26, 2020
What a beautiful tribute. Steve touched the Fredericksburg area frisbee community. Va. States was to be this weekend. Its competitors and host club, the Fredericksburg Ultimate Club Mothers, send deepest sympathy.
Tammy Gillie
April 26, 2020
Rest in peace, dear friend!
Amy Pizzarello
April 26, 2020
Dearest Susan, Dustin, Spencer, Aunt Peach, Barbara, Amy and Dan,
Our hearts go out to you and your extended family at this incredibly sad and difficult time. There are no words adequate to describe how deeply sorry we are for your loss, and for all of our loss. The special bond between the Goodwin and Polis families is treasure and is part of the very foundation my life was built on. And Steve was truly an amazing man... a unique combination of everything good in the world, and someone we will love, admire and miss for as long as we live. Please know you are all in our thoughts and our prayers. We can't wait for the world to be safe and sane enough for us to express our condolences in person.
Amy Polis Pizzarello
April 26, 2020
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