John Goodhart

John William Goodhart Sr.

Monday, February 22nd, 1937 - Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
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John W. Goodhart, Sr. 82 of Rocky Mount, Virginia passed away Saturday November 23, 2019.

Mr. Goodhart was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke. He retired after many years of service with Verizon Communications. When he could, he enjoyed hiking in the great outdoors and taking in the scenery, Mr. Goodhart liked donating to charity and especially helping with his time and enjoyed peaceful times alone.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, John Jr. and Kathleen Goodhart of Salem; daughter, Karen Reese of Richmond; stepdaughter, Wendy Fitzgerald of Richmond; grandchildren, Karl Goodhart, Kaye Goodhart, Daniel Goodhart, and Michael Goodhart all of Salem; brother, Robert Goodhart. Along with a dear friend and neighbor Joe Arnold and other relatives and friends.

Per family wishes services will be held at a later date and will be published then when finalized.
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David Riley

Posted at 10:12am
I will always remember John as one of the most friendly, knowledge seeking , interesting and generous people I've ever known. He would literally give you the "shirt off his back" which he did for me when he gave me a bunch of his clothes after he'd lost weight. We wound up once at Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton where my relatives, parents & I too will be buried. He asked me about what kind of people they were , if they had been good to me & if he would have liked them. I've remembered that experience this week as I've thought about him & the Mr Rogers movie with Tom Hanks. Mr Rogers frequently asked audiences to think thankfully of the people living & dead who had supported & nurtured them & John had kind of been asking me to do the same some years ago. I will really miss this truly good hearted man.

Alice Davis

Posted at 05:44pm
John was a valuable member of the "RAMmer Jammer" team (UUCR's group that serves lunch at RAM House once a month). We will miss him as a volunteer and a UCCR friend.
-- Christine Jordan & Alice Davis

Michael Gettings

Posted at 09:50pm
I'm so sorry to hear that John is gone. He was such a kind and good person, and someone those of us at UUCR will never forget. For so many years, he was a steady presence in the church, helping in every way possible, including staying late on Sundays to make sure everything was taken care of when the last person was ready to leave. He loved talking theology, spirituality, politics, name it. On several occasions, he clipped clever cartoons from the newspaper and brought them to church to share with me. Like John, they were a mix of the intellectual and humorous. And once or twice the cartoon would be tucked into a book he thought I'd like to read. I also remember church conversations about the importance of being welcoming, greeting visitors and embracing those who were new to our community. The shorthand way of saying this was "be like John." We will sorely miss him.

Jeanne Larsen

Posted at 03:30pm
I'm so very sorry John is gone from us. I'm one of the UUCR friends who admired and respected him--and a Facebook friend who learned good things from his posts. HIs humor, his zeal, his strong moral sense--those all meant a lot to me. Still do. And will, as I carry his memory forward.

Ron Ayers

Posted at 03:09pm
Sharp intellectually and smoked a pipe. When we joined the UU church in the 1980s, John regularly shared his intellect and keen insights at the services. If there was a point to be made, John could be counted on to deliver. Religion, spirituality, and politics were subjects that he was quick to engage in. He also smoked a pipe, which gave him a professorial look when engaging. He was one of the last pipe smokers I knew. On Facebook in recent years, he would share great posts about a range of subjects. That's how I knew him lately and will miss him and his social media.

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