John Goodwin

Obituary of John Harold Goodwin

John was born in St. Thomas, Ontario on August 31, 1932. Eldest son of Gladys (Foster) and Harold Goodwin. John’s brother, Bob, and sister Lynn Smith (Larry) still live in St. Thomas. John had many nieces and nephews: Lori Chamberlain, Craig Smith, Stacy Halkidis, Marie Chisholm, and Sam, Andrew, Bill & David Goodwin.


Best friend of 55 years, Lyn Bower will miss his happy approach to life, accepting with gratitude all that life had to offer. 


In his early years John worked at Goodwin Furniture House Ltd, St Thomas and enjoyed being in the Elgin Regiment Militia.  At Western University, London, he earned an Honours Journalism Baccalaureate degree. John worked at the Oshawa Times until he retired.  In retirement, John was active in Sarnia as a Golden K member (Kiwanis), a Board member of the Sarnia Concert Association and as a member at Grace United Church.  John’s Community service was recognized as Kiwanian of the Year for his dedicated involvement and was on the Mayor’s Honours List.


John and Lyn enjoyed many vacations visiting all continents in their travels. They shared a special appreciation of Canada’s Far North. Also sharing a common interest in Geography and History, they were avid readers of both.


Thank you to the staffs of Alzheimer Society, VON, Fairwinds Lodge and at Bluewater Health for their continued care.


Cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of John’s Life will be held in St. Thomas in May 2023. Arrangements entrusted to The McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia.  As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton, #8-420 East St., Sarnia, N7T 6Y5 or the Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 7W8  Messages of condolence & memories may be left at

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