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Charles H. Goodwin, USAF
July 21, 1944 – August 23, 2021
Port St. Lucie, FL — Charles (Chuck) H. Goodwin formerly of Claremont NH. passed away in Port St. Lucie, Florida on Monday, August 23, 2021 at the age of 77. His husband, Jim Lehn was able to be by his side.
Chuck was born in Springfield, MA on July 21, 1944. He grew up in Windsor, VT and graduated from Windsor High School in 1962.
Chuck served in the Air Force from March 1965 through July of 1972. He served in Vietnam as a flight medic taking care of service members wounded in battle and evacuating them by helicopters to be taken to safety.
Upon leaving the service he went to the State of Washington and became a Registered Nurse (RN) specializing in Surgical Services. He was instrumental in opening up a children’s outpatient surgery center and the Red Wagon Brigade in Tacoma, WA.
He went to Saudi Arabia in the early 1980’s to help open up a pediatric wing in the hospital in Riyadh. During his time abroad, he traveled extensively and was able to develop a love of history, architecture, culture and, of course, food and wine.
Upon his return he moved to the Tacoma Washington area where he held multiple positions as manager and director in Surgical Services. He worked with countless numbers of Doctors and Nursing staff over the years that have told us how much he was respected in his field and cherished as a friend, co-worker and supervisor. Chuck adored children and after retirement looked for ways to help them in any way he could. Upon moving to New Hampshire in 2015 he became very active in the Kiwanis organization of Claremont, NH. He was also very involved with the local Key Club working with young adults at Stevens High School.
Chuck was one of those outstanding people you don’t meet often, but when you do, they just stick in your memory. He could make you smile and laugh with just a look. His laughter was infectious and his bright spirit brightened every room he entered and he made friends everywhere he spent time. No matter where he was or what he was doing he could be counted on to help, for advice and ideas, or just to actually listen.
Chuck was predeceased by his parents, Hugh and Geraldine Goodwin, Sebastian, FL/Windsor, VT.
He is survived by his husband, James Lehn, Port St. Lucie, Florida; his sister, Patricia (Peg) Chabot and her husband, Don Chabot of Claremont, NH; his nephew DJ Chabot, of Marshfield MA/Claremont, NH and his children, Morgan Chabot and Cameron Chabot; his niece Michele Chabot Mitchler, of Centennial, Colorado and her children Madison Mitchler and Maxwell Mitchler.
At Chucks’ request, there will be no services. Donations may be made in his memory to the Claremont Kiwanis Club, PO Box 615, Claremont, NH 03743. Published by Valley News on Sep. 5, 2021
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