Lawrence D. Goodman

April 16, 1957January 1, 2019
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Lawrence (Larry) Goodman, 61, passed away on January 1, 2019 after a short courageous battle with cancer. Larry had many talents -- jazz saxophone, flute, koi whisperer, orchid/palm landscape gardener, intellectual curiosity and fitness enthusiast. He had many roles -- husband, father, Zayde, son, lawyer, Uncle, friend. He is survived by Linda (McAnelly), his wife of 39 years; his children Aisha (Corey Cherr), Graham, Eli and Kaija Goodman; his grandchildren, Nalina, Leon, Kyran and Auden Cherr; his mother Carol Goodman; his mother-in-law, Auldine McAnelly; his twin brother Don and sisters, Cheryl and Laila (Barry Moir); his brothers-in-law Jack and Ray McAnelly, and many loved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Alvin Goodman, step-father Theodore Goldberg and father-in-law Charles McAnelly.

Larry was a nexus of ideas, passions, and laughter. Larry and Linda’s house was a popular hangout spot and safe haven for their children and their friends. A night with Larry often included saxophone playing, a quiz on a particular piece of music, and a tour of his cultivated jungle while he cleaned dead palm leaves, hosed down the patio, and tended to his orchids. He was the master of the grill and the big green egg smoker while often discussing Biblical criticism, politics, U of M football, and current arts and culture. Larry’s creative and inquisitive nature had a lasting impact on all who knew him.

Larry graduated from Hollywood Hills High School in 1975 and after a year stint at FSU, he enrolled at North Texas State University to study jazz. He met Linda, the love of his life, in Denton, Texas, just a few days before moving back to Miami. After many months of letter writing, he returned to Texas and Larry and Linda were married there in 1979.

Larry graduated from U of M law school in 1987. He was a clerk for US District Court Judge James Lawrence King from 1987-1988. After several years, he created the Devine Goodman Rasco and Watts-FitzGerald law firm with life long friend John Devine. Larry served many organizations including Temple Beth Or, The Florida Bar, Miami Music Association and the B’nei Brith Bench and Bar.

Larry’s life was blessed with family, friends, success and much joy. We will carry his spirit with us.

Services will be held at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel at Mt. Nebo (Kendall) on Friday, January 4th at 12:30 PM. A shiva service will be held at the home of Larry and Linda Goodman

on Saturday, January 5th at 6 PM and Sunday, January 6th at 6 PM. Donations can be made to Temple Beth Or, 11715 SW 87th Ave, Miami, FL 33176.

Wouldn't it be better

Not to be so polite

You could offer a light

Start a little conversation now

It's alright, just take five

Just take five

Dave Brubeck, Take Five


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, January 4, 2019


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Andy Kenin

January 10, 2019

The Goodman's and the Kenin's go back a long way together, so it was with great sorrow that I heard about Larry's illness and his passing.

Although I wasn’t that much older than the Goodman kids, my earliest memoires of Larry were the many times I babysat for them.

I'll always remember Larry as a kind and giving person.

When I hosted the annual meeting for the last company I worked for in the States with attendees from the US, Europe and Latin America, Larry took some of the pressure of me by organizing a dinner for us at the restaurant he was working at Haulover Beach, taking care of all the details.

Later when I was considering studying law, Larry took the time out of his busy schedule (at the time, he was finishing law school) to help with information regarding the LSAT and applications. He hosted me at his home and we had a number of follow-up calls.
Thanks to his help, I passed the LSAT and was accepted to five law schools. Although I chose to move to Israel rather attend law school, I will always be grateful to him.

I was happy to be able to see him here in Jerusalem and spend some time with him, Linda and the children in Miami after I had moved to Israel. You are a wonderful family. I am sure it must be difficult for you to lose such a wonderful son, caring father and grandfather.

I send my condolences to all of you in Miami from all my family here in Israel. As we say Hebrew. Yihiye zichro baruch: May his memory be blessed.

Love and regards


D. F.

January 8, 2019

To the beloved family, may you cherish his memory in your hearts. May God continue to give you peace and comfort to help you endure.

Dana Libman

January 4, 2019

A photo from Dustin & my wedding with friends Helena & Guy

Peter F. Prowant

January 3, 2019

My dearest, closest friend has passed; yet, in my memory and in reminiscence he lives in my heart and my soul and my memories. The world is a better place that Larry Goodman lived and I am a better person because he was, and will always be, in my life.
We played music together; we discussed philosophy and history and law and great works of literature, sometimes until sunrise; we saw great films together and loved Akira Kurosawa and Mel Brooks; we both loved fine literature and would act out parts from our favorite books.
We used to play Frisbee around his mother Carol's House until 2:00 in the morning. We would trek from Hollywood to South Miami to see and listen to the great jazz master, Ira Sullivan; we met and listened and chatted with Jaco Pastorius before he was famous. We played in a band together, though I scarcely remember the name of it.
For all we shared together, with Larry's passing, there is a place in my heart that he will always occupy. I know our mutual friends share the sadness of Larry's passing; yet, I pray that we all will share the hope and beauty he inspired in us.
While he lay in the hospital, I am grateful to have expressed how much I loved him. I spent New Year's Eve by his bedside at home for a couple of hours, clutching his hand, as my eyes teared.
Thank you Lawrence Dean Goodman for existing and being my friend.

Laurie Vallen Hummel

January 3, 2019

We are saddened by the loss of this wonderful artistic and gentle man. Our families grew up together and share a special place in our hearts. You will be remembered by all you touched


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