Richard Goodkin

30 June, 194520 October, 2020

Richard Goodkin, 75, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, due to cardiac arrest. He was born in Boston and raised in Dorchester as the son of Harry and Gertrude Goodkin. Richard attended Boston Latin School and went on to graduate from Princeton University in 1967 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. He obtained his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1970. His first job out of law school was at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in Boston in real estate law. Richard had a very successful career as a corporate lawyer in the computer industry. Along with that, he was a valuable consultant for many associates and friends. Richard loved music, cars, movies, art, musical theatre, good food, electronical gadgets, and most of all, spending time with his family. He always admired nature and the beauty and fun in life. Richard was more than one of a kind. He was so selfless, generous, wise, caring, and much more. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine, his daughter, Renay, his two grandchildren, Brooke and Nickolas, and his brother, David, as well as many other family members and friends. Funeral services will be private at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard's name can be made to the following charities: The Framingham Public Library Amazing Things Arts Center Pearl Street Food Pantry Hoops & Homework Doctors without Borders


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Philip Locigno

November 4, 2020

Danny and Lorraine
I'm sorry to here the sudden passing of your brother in law Richard.
Phil and Susan Locigno

Alice DiPace

October 29, 2020

Lorraine, Brooke, I am so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. He was a wonderful, caring person and he will be missed by so many people who's lives he touched. I was fortunate to not only know Richard through his work at Amazing Things Arts Center, but also as he and Lorraine help support Brooke's efforts in martial arts for a time. The support and love you gave Brooke during that time helped Brooke become an amazing young woman - thank you for including me in part of that effort!

I will miss your calm demeanor and the care and patience you showed with everyone around you. My condolences to the family and a special virtual hug to Lorraine and Brooke.

Alice & Frank DiPace

Joe Fredette

October 28, 2020

My sincerest condolences to you Lorraine, Renay, and to all who knew and loved Richard. I just learned of his passing, which made me very sad and also brought back a flood of memories. As a board member at Amazing Things Arts Center (ATAC), Richard's calm demeanor and counsel at a critical time was incredibly assuring to myself and to all my fellow board members at the time. He was a very kind and generous person with whom we shared a deep love of of the arts and music. He will be greatly missed, but his memory will live on in all who knew him. RIP my friend.

Lynne Damianos

October 27, 2020


I was so fortunate to spend time with Richard on the atac (Amazing Things Arts Center) board, and am appreciative of his thoughtful, helpful and professional guidance. Recently, he shared his book manuscript with me, and I hope to see it published one day! Whenever he mentioned you, he lit up with such intensity that I could feel his love for you.

My deepest sympathies,
Lynne Damianos

Joe Valof

October 26, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Goodkin family. I have known and worked with Richard at various computer companies since the 70's, he was a great person and a super GC, he will be missed by all that knew him.

Joe Valof, ESQ. Westboro, Ma

robert savage

October 25, 2020

As Richard and Lorraine 's neighbor
I had the pleasure to get to know Richard . Upon moving into the house next door to Rich and Lorrain it did not take long for Rich to introduce himself and offer his friendship and generosity . It wasn't too long after , Sue and I were invited to attend what would turn out to be a continuing event at one of Rich and Lorraine's long time friends home for private concerts.
The fact that he offered that opportunity to us early on was a testament to who Rich was. At some point Rich and I had a conversation about old radios and I told Rich I had a few and liked to collect them. Shortly after that he showed up at my door with a really nice antique Radio. And there were other tokens of his friendship as well. That's just a couple of many examples of Richards kindness. Another thought and memory I will always have when I think of the time I knew Rich was the love , pride and admiration he had for his family. My big regret is I never spent as much time conversing with Richard as I could have. My great loss!
I could go on and on. my sincere condolences to Lorraine. Renay, Brooke, and Nickolas. Richard was a very special Man. I will miss him.

Ed +Sally Vetstein

October 25, 2020

So sorry to hear about your loss. Rich was a wonderful person . Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

Lewis Anten

October 25, 2020

I remember never wanting to sit in the front seat of his monster car when he was driving. Like everything else Richie did, he did it to the max.

I remember playing poker with Richie, Dressler, Moishe and Kruskall every weekend and even some Jewish Holidays,
in our 5 and 10 cent game. He always walked away the big winner

I remember when Lorraine and Richie told Ellen and me that they were getting married. We were all such babies.

How lucky anyone that knew Richie was. What a guy.

Joel Getman

October 25, 2020

Please accept my condolences. What an incredible person we lost. I will be forever grateful to have had Richard as a friend. His memory IS a blessing.

Lila Sennett

October 25, 2020

I am heartbroken and basically, speechless. My dear sweet cousin who filled in as a father for me my entire life. Richard was one of the kindest, most generous, and certainly smartest, humans I have known. He spoke often of my father's influence on him. Stories I will no longer have access to. There are far too many memories to post here. My heart aches so very much from his loss, but also for his wife( his"bride" as he always referred to her as, and always every single time made me smile) Lorraine who basically filled in as the mom I never really had. Renay, you are blessed to have had such wonderful parents. I will miss you deeply Richard. Not a day will go by when you won't enter my thoughts and heart just as your mom , and my dad do. Lorraine, you will continue to be part of my lifelong family.


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