Tonawanda News


July 11, 2014

Roger L. Goodman

LOCKPORT — Roger L. Goodman, 85, passed away Sunday evening, July 6, 2014, at Newfane Rehabilitation Center.

Roger was born on April 8, 1929 in North Tonawanda, son of the late Wallace E. and Gladys (Heidenfeldt) Goodman. He married Betty Lou Dunigan on June 3, 1950. She died August 7, 2006. Roger worked for the U.S. Army in Niagara Falls on the Nike missile sites for 17 years, and then with his wife; they operated Goodman's Delicatessen in N. Tonawanda. They sold the store in 1981 and he went to work for Mobil Oil in Buffalo, transferred to Wichita, KS then to Ferndale, WA, retiring from British Petroleum. After his retirement he moved to Winthrop, NY, then to Lockport. During his working years, he was always motivated to better himself by attending classes and studying independently. Industrious by nature, Roger built his first home, rebuilt and repaired automobiles and had a creative way to renovate closets. He was an avid boater, fishing in Lake Whatcom and Bellingham Bay in WA and on the St. Lawrence River, and enjoyed hunting, golf, bowling and traveling.

He is survived by two children, Michael and Patti Goodman of Winthrop and Tammy Jo      Goodman and friend John of Lockport; two grandchildren, Julia Goodman and her fiance, Michael O'Brien of Brasher Falls, and Jonathan Goodman of Winthrop; one sister, Carol Forth of Lockport; one brother, Richard and Ann Goodman of Tonawanda; his Aunt Florence Taylor of Wheatfield; several nieces and nephews. Roger was also predeceased by his brother-in-law, Ernest Forth and several aunts and uncles.

Graveside services will be held Friday, July 18th at Noon, at White Chapel Memorial Park, 3210 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, with Rev. Kevin R. Robbins, Pastor of Lockport Alliance Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to express an act of kindness in his memory, please consider donations to the Niagara Hospice Alliance, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094; or Brasher Winthrop Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 11, Winthrop, NY 13697. Arrangements by LANGE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Memories and condolences can be shared at and

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