Gordon Jay Goodwin


April 10, 2019 — Gordon Jay Goodwin, a long time Florence resident, passed early Tuesday morning on April 2, 2019.

Born in Portland, Ore., on June 20, 1932, he was a second generation Oregonian; his mother, Velma, was born in Brownsville, Ore., in 1903. 

He got his Masters Degree from Fresno State in 1977 and worked in the mental health field as a psychiatric social worker until he retired in January of 1991.

Jay will long be remembered and appreciated as the Founder of the Florence Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Heceta Road.

His greatest concern was politics. He was often seen at the main intersection of Highway 101 and Ninth Street every Saturday urging others to get involved.

He volunteered for nearly 10 years at the Pioneer Museum. He also volunteered at the Heceta Lighthouse, Elderberry Square, Siuslaw Public Library and other places.

Jay is survived by two daughters: Robin and Terry, presently living in Maryland.

Florence Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host a Celebration of Life party on April 28, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share.

All are welcome.

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