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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 19:24

Clemens J. “Clem” Goodrich

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Clemens J. “Clem” Goodrich, 84, died at Saratoga Hospital Friday, February 28.

Clemens was born August 6, 1929 in Albany, son of the late William and Eleanor Smith Goodrich.

Clemens retired from SUNY Albany in 1988 and moved to Saratoga Springs, residing with his sister, Margaret, and brother-in-law, George Van Deusen, Sr. In recent years, he resided with his niece, Diane Parisi.

He loved living in Saratoga Springs and particularly enjoyed long walks through the city. In later years, he rode the bus downtown and sat on the benches greeting everyone who passed by. He was a member of the Saratoga Springs Senior Citizens and volunteered with their lunch program for several years. Clemens was a faithful communicant of the Church of St. Peter and enjoyed serving as an usher and assisting with weekly collections whenever necessary.

In May of 2013, Clemens chose to move to the Cambridge Guest Home and he quickly made friends with the residents and staff. He enjoyed all of the social events and sitting on the porch chatting with his “buddies”.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, William and George Goodrich, and his sisters, Margaret (Van Deusen) and Eleanor (Mackey); his brothers-in-law, Dale Mackey, Sr. and George Van Deusen, Sr.; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Goodrich; along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Survivors include his beloved sister, Catherine Lee; brother-in law, James Lee and sister-in-law, Betty Lou Goodrich; his primary caregiver, Diane Parisi as well as Margaret Ditch, Eleanor Stanton, George and Matthew Van Deusen and their spouses, who assisted her in insuring that “Uncle Clem” had a full and happy life.

He is survived by many godchildren, nieces and nephews and their families, and a special friend, Paul Scannell. 

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