Robert "Rob" Goddard

October 26, 1953October 8, 2020

GODDARD, Robert John (Retired Region of Durham 45 plus years) Peacefully, with his family by his side, on October 8, 2020. Loving husband of Vickie Goddard. Son of Elsa Goddard (nee Cardinal), and the late John Goddard "Jack". Will be dearly missed by siblings Pam (Rudy Sakovic), Sandra (Colin Moore), Nancy (Tim Hardie), and Doug (Karen Goddard). Loving father of Kristen Taylor (Curtis), Kelly Goddard (partner Roy Gibson), Robbie Goddard (Kayla). Loved Grandpa to Tori, Kaydince, Jackson, Logan, Chelsea, Katelyn, Brady, and Adelyn. Cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews. Rob spent most of his youth growing up in Ajax Ontario. He loved playing competitive sports; the rougher the better: hockey lacrosse, football and baseball. Once he graduated highschool, he took a job with the CIBC bank as a Manager in training. When the Region of Durham was formed, he was hired at a junior position and with hard work and dedication, Rob worked his way up to a Supervisor in the Works Department. He retired after 45 years of service. In July 1979 he met the love of his life Vickie. They were married on November 22nd, 1980 and raised 3 incredible children: Kristen, Kelly and Robbie Jr. Once the children were old enough to play sports he coached each of them at one time or another; The girls with the Darlington soccer league, Robbie with the Darlington soccer league and hockey with the Toros. He also in his spare time, officiated men’s hockey at Art Thompson arena in Pickering for many years. As the children became teenagers, the Goddard door was always open for anyone to come to visit, have dinner, snacks or stay for a while if they needed a place to crash. He was “Dad” to so many. He never hesitated to offer advice if he thought it was needed (or not at times!). Once the children were adults, Rob continued to support their activities by attending their soccer and hockey games. He was a strong force on the sidelines and in the stands of the hockey rink. Then along came the grandchildren; He was one proud Papa. He carried many photos in his wallet of each of them, pulling them out to share with everyone he met. The pride in his face shone brightly as he attended soccer and hockey games, dance recitals, school activities and any other activity he could. Even through all his illnesses, he seldom missed a special game or event. Family was the most important thing in his life. He loved his siblings dearly and held a special bond with his mom. He was the best husband, father, papa, son, brother and friend anyone could ask for. Rob, you will be missed by so many people. We love you and we will watch for the signs that you are watching over us. Like your grandchildren say, “now you can be in heaven with your dad watching over us.” We love you!

A private family visitation was held at the COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL, (1587 Highway #2, Courtice 905-432-8484). A Celebration of Life will be held in approximately one-year time to honour Rob. Donations in Robert's memory would be greatly appreciated and may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church via e-transfer: or by sending a cheque to: Faith Lutheran Church. 44 William St W. Oshawa, ON, L1G 1J9. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation may be made online at: . Please share your condolences and memories with the family by clicking the 'Add a Memory' Link below.


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Robert "Rob" Goddard

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Rosemary Blahy

October 25, 2020

We were very sad to here the passing of Robert. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!
Rosemary & Joe Blahy and Family

Janet and Greg Brown

October 24, 2020

Janet and I are sending our deepest condolences to your family. Janet and I worked with Rob for many years at the Region of Durham.

Steve Burley

October 19, 2020

My deepest sympathies for Rob's family,

I was saddened by this announcement, I worked with Rob for a number of years, good years! For Rob, his family was always first and foremost in his thoughts and deeds.

So sorry for your loss.


Steve Burley

jim baker

October 18, 2020

Very sorry to hear of Rob`s passing.
Rob was hired by myself and John Ericksson. He progressed through the organization and was an asset to our team.
I am certain that he will be dearly missed by many individuals.

Debby Helmer

October 15, 2020

Vickie, and the rest of the Goddard family
I am so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. It really took me by surprise. I will always be forever grateful to Rob as he hired me at the Region of Durham when I landed a full time position. My work station was very close to his and he would always stop to have a chat. He spoke of his family often. He was so proud of all his kids and you could see that in his eyes when he spoke of them.
Rob was a man with a good heart. Remember the good times. He will be greatly missed.

Kristen Taylor

October 15, 2020

It's been one week. I miss you so much Daddy. It doesn't feel real. The girls miss you. Katelyn talks to you every night before bed; I'm sure you hear her. Come visit in our dreams. Until we can dance again.
I love you.

Sharon Ferguson

October 14, 2020

Dear Vickie and family,

We are so sorry to hear of Rob's passing. Ken and I talked about the years he played Santa at the nursery school when the kids were little and did such an amazing job. We hope all the joyful memories will help ease your pain.
Keeping you are in our prayers.

Sharon and Ken Ferguson

lyle kivell

October 13, 2020

To Vicky and Family

A great heart, strong character, a good person.
These are the things I will remember about Rob.

Lyle Kivell

Jackie Adams

October 13, 2020

Vickie, Kristen, Kelly, and Robbie...I hope that your beautiful memories of your husband and Dad comfort you during this time. We had a lot of fun in Works and Rob had me laughing more times than I can count. I remember being interviewed by Rob and his boss, Lyle, for my first full time position at the Region. I was so nervous. I had a real wreck of a car but it got me where I needed to be. After saying hi, he looked out the window and said "Is THAT what you're driving? " He rolled his eyes and then said something to the effect of "I think you need a new car" We laughed and I could relax during the interview. Rob was never one to mince words and I always appreciated that. He spoke often of his family; he loved you all so much and was proud of each of you. Vickie, you were his life; he appreciated all the things you did for him, including his special lunches. We got to know his children, and then his grandchildren. You all made him so happy. You are fortunate to have so many incredible memories to comfort you. We will miss him...he will always have a special place in my heart. Sending love, Jackie

Tara Mitchell

October 12, 2020

Rob was a second Dad to me growing up, and he will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Rest easy, Rob.


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