MeaningfulFunerals - 3:30 pm Wed Nov 5th, 2014
Glen George Goodall, age 96, died with his family surrounding him on November 4, 2014.
Glen was born in Topsham, Vermont on July 10, 1918. He was the son of Ralph and Alice Goodall and was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Deiniger.
For the last six years, Glen and his wife, Esther, have made their home at The Gardens in Williamstown, Vermont.
He leaves his wife Esther, and their two daughters and their spouses. Nancy and Dan Boucher of Cape Neddick, Maine, Susan and Skip Lightsey of Newport Washington, three grandchildren and their partners, Thaddeus and Daysi Ward of Queens, New York, Toby Marston and Jennifer Stephens of Bellingham, Washington and Tamara Marston and Matt Klein of Litchfield New Hampshire and many loving cousins and relatives.
Glen was married on December 25, 1941 to his high school sweetheart, Esther Crane and they celebrated 72 years of marriage. Glen and Esther moved to East Montpelier in the empty nest years, wanting a view and a larger garden. They joined the Old Meeting House Church, becoming active and caring members.
Glen attended elementary school and high school in Montpelier, graduating in 1936. He played basketball and was known for his skill and height on the court. He played for a semi pro team called the "BLUE DEVILS" for many years.
Prewar Glen worked for the telephone company. During World War II Glen served for five years as an Army Staff Sergant in the 172 nd 43rd division. He spent three years in the South Pacific.
Postwar he worked for Cross Baking Company and later had a long career as a paper salesman for the Vermont Paper Company and Lindemeyer Munroe Paper Company. Glen retired at the age of 78.
At the age of 55 Glen started bicycling logging over 75,000 miles and stopped biking at age 82. He and Esther biked all over New England and he shared his passion for biking with family and friends. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing his produce with non-gardeners.
Glen was a life-long community activist. He was a member of the Montpelier School Board and Recreation Board. He was on the board of the Vermont Community Loan Fund and Land Trust. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Food Bank supplies and Soup Kitchen pickup.
He served as the chairman for the Vermont Cancer Daffodil Drive. In 1993 Glen was honored with the State of Vermont Volunteer of the Year award.
In conjunction with his community service, he was inspired by his Bethany Church membership and become a lay minister. He served as the Vermont UCC President and later was an interim minister at the Berlin Vermont UCC church for six years.
Grateful thanks to the loving caregivers who included family members, the staff and residents at the Gardens and Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice. His life was full, good and caring.
Guare & Sons/ Barber & Lanier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday November 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Old Meeting House Church, East Montpelier, Vermont.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Old Meeting House Church or Cow Power Energy or your favorite hunger or housing project or plant a garden and share your produce.
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