Hugh A. Goodwin



ELLSWORTH — Hugh A. Goodwin peacefully completed his 96-year journey through life on Feb. 26, 2014. He was born Dec. 1, 1917, to Frank and Jennie (Scammon) Goodwin in Egypt, Maine.

After school, Hugh joined the U.S. Army and while stationed at Fort Preble met Georgette, the love of his life and wife of 65 years. Hugh was a man of many talents and wore many hats throughout his life. He worked as a police officer and at the mill and later for the railroad. Hugh and family eventually moved to Ellsworth, raised their family and spent their remaining years living and working here. Never one to be hungry or cold, Hugh tried his hand at many jobs. He learned to work on kerosene stoves, oil burners and furnaces of all kinds and obtained his Master Oil Burner license, a trade he continued to ply well into his 70s, and many of Ellsworth’s older residents would only allow “Huey” to work on their stoves and furnaces. Hugh also tried his hand at running the Triangle Diner, selling cars, maintenance man and delivering oil, to name a few. He once again became a police officer, this time for the city of Ellsworth, and depending upon how you came to know Officer Goodwin, was known for his toughness on ne’er do wells or his kindness when pulling up to the playground at the Knowlton School during recess with a box full of lollypops. He later became a firefighter, ironic since as a young man he witnessed the great fire that burned much of Ellsworth, and then head of maintenance for the city of Ellsworth. Hugh then settled into retirement as the harbormaster at the pier on Water Street, where Hugh and friends began the process of restoring the beauty of Ellsworth’s Union River park and boating facility.

Aside from his parents; Hugh was predeceased by his brother, Willard; sister, Norma Beal; granddaughter, Stephanie “Taffy” Bubier; and his wife, Georgette. He is loved and dearly missed by son, David and wife, Nancy; daughter, Pamela Decker; son, Bill and wife, Cindy; grandchildren, Ritchie, Germaine, Janelle, David, Brittany and his best buddy/grandson, Isaiah; great-grandchildren, David, Andrew, Brian, Cody, Kelsey; and great-great-grandchildren, Aiden, Jaxon and Maleki; favorite niece, Margie; and many friends old and new. He will also be missed by his best friend, Max the cat.

A celebration of his life will be held in the spring at Bayview Cemetery, Franklin, on a date to be determined. Anyone wishing to do so may make a donation to Birdsacre or to the Humane Society.


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