Robert R. Goodfellow

January 28, 1913April 1, 2013
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Robert R. Goodfellow died peacefully on April 1, 2013 at the Glen Crest facility in Danbury. Bob was born in Bridgeport on January 28, 1913, a son of the late Edward and Carolyn Ringli Goodfellow and was 100 years old. In 1942 Bob moved to Brookfield and has been a resident of the area for over 70 years. During that time he became lovingly known as “Pops” to all who knew him.

Together with Harry Ashmore he co-founded the Goodfellow Ashmore Real Estate and Insurance Agency in 1934. Bob was considered a pioneer in the commercial real estate business in Connecticut and was one of the first members of the Society of Office and Industrial Realtors (SIOR) in the state. In 1990, Bob proudly handed over the control of his business to his grandson Todd Payne, which today includes Goodfellow Ashmore and ERA Goodfellow Homes. Bob was responsible for the relocation of numerous new businesses to the Danbury area such as Davis and Geck, Barden, and Eagle Pencil. He was also a mentor and role model for an entire generation of the real estate industry in greater Danbury.

Always a believer in community and giving back, Bob was the first president of the Danbury Kiwanis Club and a co-founder and first Chairman of the Regional YMCA. He also served on multiple boards including the Danbury Hospital, Danbury Library and Danbury Chamber of Commerce. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Jesters and Eastern Star.

He played golf at the Ridgewood CC where he was a member for over 60 years and served on the board of directors. He played often with his good friends Nat Talarico and Norby Mitchell and they became known as the “sundowners” – a Ryder Cup tournament is played in their honor every year.

Bob attended Central High School in Bridgeport where he was an outstanding football player. It was in high school where Bob met his future bride of 55 years Bernice. Bernice predeceased Bob in 1987.

Bob is survived by his daughter Denice Payne and her husband Bobby of Brookfield, CT. Grandson Todd Payne and his wife, Heather, of Bridgewater, CT, granddaughter Megan Mancuso of Danbury, CT and great grandchildren Faith Mancuso, Amanda Payne and Erica Payne. His sister-in-law, Alice Goodfellow of Fairfield , his caregiver Antoinette Ayala and several nieces and nephews also survive. Bob was predeceased by his siblings: Norman Goodfellow, Kenneth Goodfellow and Marjorie Alves.

Funeral Services will be conducted Friday at 11am at St. Paul Church, 174 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield with the Rev. Joseph Shepley, Rector, officiating. Burial will follow in Lands End Cemetery, Hawleyville, CT. Friends will be received on Thursday from 5pm to 7pm at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the Regional YMCA of Western CT, 2 Huckleberry Hill Rd., Brookfield, CT 06804 or go to For further information or to express condolences on line, go to


  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 5, 2013

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April 25, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the family.I worked as Mr Goodfellow housekeeper & enjoyed all the time I spent with him.Another great person has passed thru my life.

April 8, 2013

Dear Denny, Bobby, Todd, Megan and all family members,
We are so sad to here about "Pops". His warm smile and gentleness will always be remembered. Cherish the memories, hold on to the happiness he brought to you all and we hope your hearts mend with peace. Sincerely, Jim and Jamie O'Toole

Geoffrey Paul

April 7, 2013

A gentleman, a quiet elegance and a sense of humor. Pops, you had all of these things and more. And you left all of these qualities in your children, grandchildren and great grand children. Yours is a legeacy that lives on in many generations. I was lucky to have known you and enjoyed the time spent with you and your family. As a starving college student, i relished the meals you invited me to at Beef & Bottle with Todd and our other friends. I remember my visits to your home and also when you visited Los Angeles. You were very proud of your family and loved everyone that they loved, unconditionally. Thank you for those memories and for your kindness. Rest in Peace.

April 7, 2013

What a sad day for all of you. My heart goes out to you. Bob was the most wonderful man and a consummate gentleman. His kindness and warmth to me will always be remembered. All my love, Sara Ransick

April 6, 2013

Dear Denny and Bobby,
The funeral service for your dad was very heartfelt. Your family did a wonderful job in all the parts they shared. Your dad would have been very proud of them all as we know you were!
Love, Lorna and Ray

John and Cheryl Alves

April 5, 2013

My Uncle Bob was a loving, caring man. His hugs were legendary. His embrace would include "I love you so much," as he squeezed you tighter. It was like that--always.

As a young boy while staying with Uncle Bob and Aunt Bern, the phone rang. A house was on fire in the newly developed Brookfield area. Uncle Bob donned his gear and ran out to meet the fire truck. He was a volunteer fireman, you see.

Of course, I thought that being a fireman was way cool, but as year's passed, I realized that the "volunteer" part of the job was the significant part. My Uncle Bob understood that building a family or a community required commitment, dedication and sacrifice.

I now realize that the same hugs that I so warmly received were shared with many--there was no limit to his love.

We are all made better by our memory of him.

Aloha pumehana, Uncle Bob.

Naomi & Jules Sanna

April 4, 2013

TO Members of the Payne Family, Bob Godfellow will always be remembered by his most cheerful HELLO, his genuine concern, a soft spoken Gentleman, leaving us with very fond memories.

B Tolle

April 4, 2013

Pops practiced courage and doing everything the right way because that is the person he is. Shortly after meeting Pops for the first time only 10 short years ago I came across this quotation that describes just one of the many qualities that makes him the great man and example he is for so many.

Courage is not simply one of the values, but the form of every value at the testing point" C.S. Lewis

April 4, 2013

Denny, Bob and Family,
Bob was the Grandfather of all gentleman. The absolute real estate professional recognized by his peers. When I think back to when the sundowners were pinging for drinks and the enjoyment they spread to everyone they came in contact. Bob will not be forgotten as he left he mark on everyone he associated.
May he rest in peace.

Charles & Carolyn Troccolo
Boca Raton, Florida

Bob & Deb Geambazi

April 3, 2013

Dear Denny, Bobby and family, condolences.
We will all miss Mr Goodfellow!A true gentleman who was loved by all.
We often dicussed Bridgeport , Central High School and his early Ridgewood CC days.
May he RIP and deepest sympathies to your entire family.