Nickerson Funeral Home

87 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA


Benjamin C. Goodspeed

July 13, 1955October 19, 2019

Benjamin C. Goodspeed, 64, a lifelong resident of Chatham passed away peacefully on October 19, 2019 at Cape Cod Hospital after a long illness. Benny was the son of Benjamin K. Goodspeed of North Chatham and the late Ruth Allyne Boone from Alabama. His roots can be traced back to one of the founders of Chatham and to the famous Daniel Boone. Benny was predeceased by his mother Ruth Allyne, his grandparents, George and Dorothy Goodspeed Sr. of Chatham and Oscar and Mabel Boone of Alabama. He was also predeceased by his aunts and uncles: Gladys and Dick Lumpkin, Dorothy Thorpe, Louise Stinson, Daniel Boone and Jack Boone. He is survived by his father, Benjamin K. Goodspeed, his uncle, George Goodspeed Jr., his wife Linda and their son George III. Benny is also survived by many cousins from both North and South, as well as many close friends-especially Elaine Margarita of Dennis. He was particularly close to his cousin, Donna Lumpkin of Chatham. Benny was born on a summer Friday Night and his birth was announced at the Chatham Band Concert where his grandfather, father and uncle played. This was a sign of things to come as he played trumpet with the band from the age of 14 until 2018. He also played in the Dreamers Dance Band as well as in local youth groups. He graduated from Chatham High School in 1973 and continued Automotive Studies at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. He worked as a mechanic at his dad’s, Goodspeed’s Gulf Station, as a painter at Chatham Bars Inn and as a house painter and window washer in the community. Benny was a member of the Chatham First United Methodist Church and the Scouts. He was a good golfer and liked playing at Eastward Ho! and Cranberry Valley. He liked most music especially Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll and Band music. Benny enjoyed boating, fishing, swimming, spending time at North Beach camps, white water rafting, reading and hearing about Chatham history. He was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots. The family expresses gratitude to the doctors and staff at Cape Cod Hospital for their care, respect and concern. They also express gratitude to the Windsor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for almost six months of care and compassion. The services will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Friday Nov. 8, 2019. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Seaside Cemetery in Chatham. vc In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 16 Cross Street, Chatham, MA 02633 or to the charity of one’s choice.


  • Memorial Service Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Burial following services Friday, November 8, 2019


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Peter Terrio

November 8, 2019

Worked with Benny & his Dad at Goodspeeds Gulf back in the day and am saddened to hear of his passing. God Bless his sole and my heartfelt condolences to Ben SR.. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Donna & Wesley Drown

October 30, 2019

We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Little Ben. My Mom & Dad used to go out every Saturday night for dinner with Big Ben & Alleyne. And Little Ben would most of the time stay with us. North Beach on summer Sundays and Labor Day weekend clambakes. Friday night Loop-De-Lou and who was the first to race up and help their Dad with his trumpet or clarinet. Brother Bob was best buds with Little Ben so he was almost always over as we lived thru the woods path from each other. For the longest time the Goodspeed's had been a apart of our family.
Wishing Little Ben the peace he sought. He is now back with his Mom, whom he missed so dearly. Our heart and love go out to Big Ben. So many memories, we are so fortunate.

Donna & Wes

Kathleen Skipper-Van Buren

October 23, 2019

A true friend who would always make you smile. I’m so saddened by the loss of such a wonderful person. I have so many fun and hilarious memories with him. To many to write in here. I will miss him so much.

Laurie Lang

October 22, 2019

Big Ben, Little Ben, George and former Goodspeeds have been integral and instrumental to the band forever. I am so sorry that Little Ben is not here with us.
I wish him Peace and Sweet Melodies.


Sincerely, Laurie

Rick Pike

October 22, 2019

I joined The Chatham Town Band several years ago. From the first rehearsal Benny was kind and helpful. He and Ben were great to be with. I sat next to Ben in the trumpet section. I could see the Love in his eyes for Benny. He will be missed and was loved by all.

Christal Wilson

October 22, 2019

Always so welcoming when John and I approached the stage in our Chatham Band uniforms and he always thanked us for playing. Benny was a true ambassador.