Robert T. Goodman, 83, died on Wednesday (April 4, 2018) at the Newark-Wayne Community Hospital.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday (April 8) at the Paul L. Murphy & Sons Funeral Home, 127 East Miller Street., Newark. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday (April 9) at the Newark First Baptist Church, East Miller Street, Newark. Burial will be in Newark Cemetery.
Memorials, in his name, may be made to the Newark First Baptist Church, 133 East Miller Street, Newark, New York 14513 or Rotary Camp Onseyawa, PO Box 614, Geneva, New York 14456.
Bob was born on December 28, 1934 in Elmira, the son of the late Robert M. and Phyllis Kolb Goodman. He was a 1952 graduate of Newark High School and graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. After college, Bob returned home and ran the family business Carr Lumber for many years. After closing Carr Lumber, he was the Director of Community Development for the Village of Newark for the next few years. Bob then operated Goodman Custom Kitchens from his home office. Bob was an active community member and served in many ways. He was elected to the Village Board for eight years, from 1966 to 1974, and was the Fire Commissioner. Bob was very involved with the First Baptist Church, where he was a member. He had been trustee, deacon, Sunday school superintendent and teacher, member of the 3M Group and was involved in every repair and building project.
Bob started donating blood to the Red Cross while in high school and continued on for many gallons donated, until he was no longer able to do so. Bob then took on the role of promoting and organizing blood drives. He started a swim program for people afflicted with arthritis at the Newark DDSO therapy pool. The Rotary was another organization where Bob donated many hours. He was a member and Past President, received the Paul Harris Fellow Award six times, worked on the foreign student exchange program and the Rotary Camp Onseyawa. Since 1992, Bob put in many hours for the world wide elimination of polio and on April 8, he was to receive the Rotary International Polio Plus Pioneer Award. He loved to sail and spend time with his family at his cottage on Sodus Bay and, while they were able to, Bob enjoyed traveling with his wife. Bob always made time to attend all his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.
Bob is survived by his children Kathleen (Robert) Zappia of Newark, Marjorie (Kevin) Wall of Canandaigua, and Robert B. (Lisa) of Apalachin, NY.; eight grandchildren Colleen (Paul) Rushlo, Kyle and Kevin Zappia, Stephanie and Natalie Wall, Robert, Alex and Ryan Goodman; sisters Beverly Eigenberg of Naperville, Il, Vivian DenDecker of Sodus Point and Judy Stillson of Naples, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; a close friend Dorothy Rockwell.
Bob was predeceased by his wife, Lynn; and a sister, Phyllis Phelan.