NEW BEDFORD - William Goodwin, 84, of New Bedford passed away on Thursday,
January 12, 2023 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford following a long illness, with
loved ones by his side. He was the husband of Rose Marie (Braga) Goodwin.
Born and raised in New Bedford, son of the late Leslie and Bronyslawa (Trznadel)
Goodwin, he was a lifelong resident of the city and former member of the First Baptist
Church. Mr. Goodwin was a graduate of New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical
High School in carpentry, and then served in the U.S. Army. He worked at the former
Revere Copper and Brass for his whole life, and also at Friendly’s Ice Cream of South
Dartmouth for many years.
William was a member of the Portuguese American Social Club in South Dartmouth,
was a union member of the UAW, and was a former member of the New Bedford Moose
Lodge for many years. He was a lifeguard in the service and enjoyed swimming, rowing,
woodworking, freshwater fishing, bowling, playing cards and board games, was in a
Pitch League and enjoyed Cribbage. He was an avid reader of detective novels and
mysteries, and enjoyed watching old westerns and war movies. Cape Cod was his
favorite vacation destination.
He is survived by his loving wife Rose Marie; two daughters, Deborah (Goodwin)
DeSouza of Acushnet and Jennifer Goodwin of New Bedford; four grandchildren,
Jesse, Michael and Neil DeSouza and Amanda Goodwin; four great grandchildren,
Nina, Mason, Macius and Violet DeSouza and several nieces and nephews. Mr.
Goodwin was the brother of the late Janice (Goodwin) Gates.
In accordance with his wishes he will be cremated and private arrangements are by the
Donaghy New Day Cremation and Funeral Care, 465 County St., New Bedford. For
memorial register please visit, www.newdayfunerals.com.
A memorial will be held at the PA club of South Dartmouth on Tuesday, January 24 from
5:30 – 8:30 pm, with food, light music and a short religious service. All are welcome and
encouraged to attend. There will be an opportunity for friends to share anecdotes and
fond memories of “Bill.”.