Stephen Irwin Goodman
March 6, 1944 – July 27, 2018
Stephen Irwin Goodman
With deep sadness we announce the passing of Stephen I. Goodman on Friday July 27th at the age of 74. He was born on March 6, 1944, in Portland, Maine, the son of Dorothy and Arnold Goodman.
Stephen worked at his grandfather’s paper recycling company, William Goodman & Sons, from the time he was a teenager until his retirement. Stephen attended Deering High School and graduated from Bryant College. He returned to Portland and married his high school sweetheart, Ann Judith Silverman, and raised three children, Elissa, Bill, and Sandi.
Stephen always had a passion to help the Jewish community especially the Shaarey Tphiloph Synagogue and the Jewish Community Center. He extended a helping hand to anyone who needed it no matter their circumstance in life and provided guidance and positive support without hesitation. He was instrumental in running a Bingo program for 25 years which became significant source of funds for both organizations.
He was President of the Jewish Community Center’s Men’s Club and was a player and a coach for their softball team until the age of 53. Stephen’s passion for sports led him to initiate the first girls’ softball Little League 1 in 1979 and Portland Senior Softball League in 1981 so his daughters could enjoy a sport he loved. He also loved golf and with his brother, Myles, initiated the 2nd oldest Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament in history which ran for 27 years. His son, Bill, has followed in his footsteps by playing for and coaching Deering’s Varsity golf team for many years. He was predeceased by his parents, Arnold and Dorothy, his brother, Myles his former wife Ann Goodman and former wife Carole Darling. He is survived by his daughter, Elissa B. Pratt, her husband Michael of Greenfield, MA, grandchildren Eric and Andrew; son, William J. Goodman, his wife Jodie of Falmouth, grandchildren Aaron and Anna; daughter, Sandi S. Goodman-Brown, her husband Larry of Portland, grandchildren Jessica and Maxwell; stepdaughters Kimberly DiBiase, Theresa DiBiase, step grandchild Crow Dusk, stepsons David Darling and Chris DiBiase. He was also thankful for his friend and caretaker Alma Edsall.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday August 1, 2018, at Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Avenue, Portland. Rabbi Gary Berenson will officiate. Burial will follow at Mount Sinai Cemetery, Hicks Street, Portland. A period of mourning will be observed Wednesday evening from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, August 2nd from 4-8 p.m. at Falmouth County Club. Please visit wwwjonesrichbarnes for further information and to sign Stephen’s guestbook.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stephen’s memory to Southern Maine Jewish Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 251, Portland, Maine 04112
- Dorothy Goodman, Mother
- Arnold Goodman, Father
- Myles Goodman, Brother
- Ann Goodman, Former Wife
- Carole Darling, Former Wife
- Elissa B. Pratt, Daughter
- Michael Pratt, Son-in-law
- Eric Pratt, Grandson
- Andrew Pratt, Grandson
- William J. Goodman, Son
- Jodie Goodman, Daughter-in-law
- Aaron Goodman, Grandson
- Anna Goodman, Granddaughter
- Sandi S. Goodman-Brown, Daughter
- Larry Brown, Son-in-law
- Jessica Brown, Granddaughter
- Maxwell Brown, Grandson
- Kimberly DiBiase, stepdaughter
- Theresa DiBiase, Stepdaughter
- Crow Dusk, Step Grandchild
- David Darling, Stepson
- Chris DiBiase, Stepson
- Funeral Service Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Stephen Irwin Goodman
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August 7, 2018
May God Remember the Soul of Stephen Irwin Goodman, I Pledge Charity on his behalf and pray that his Soul Be kept amoung the Immortal Souls of Abraham, Issac, Jacob,Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah and All the Rightous Souls in Paradise. Amen.
August 6, 2018
IT SEEMS SO UNFAIR THAT DEATH SHOULD HAVE THE POWER TO TAKE AWAY SOMEONE YOU LOVE. AND WHEN IT HAPPENS, THE THOUGHT OF NEVER AGAIN BEING ABLE TO TALK TO, LAUGH WITH OR SIMPLY HOLD THEIR HAND CAN BE MOST DIFFICULT TO BEAR.
MAY YOU ALWAYS KEEP TREASURED MEMORIES IN YOUR HEART. AND MAY YOU ALSO FIND COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED ON IN DEATH GOD KEEPS IN HIS MEMORY BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL PRECIOUS IN HIS EYES.
August 5, 2018
My Sister Kylie and I met you several times and we saw you last year at Old Orchard Beach for Ten minutes while you were sitting on your couch... Even though You weren’t feeling that well you were never selfish and told us to Enjoy the beach...
You gave us that gift and when we left you were resting on back porch couch...
Uncle Steve May You Now Rest In Peace and know how much Love ❤️ you have passed on to so many generations of people from state to state and around the world. You are Loved & Very Missed!!!
The Vecchio Kids
East Providence, Rhode Island
July 29, 2018
Uncle Steve meant So Much to So Many People...He was a “Peace Keeper”, a friend, comforter , loving and kind hearted person, a High Class individual who was Never Selfish to others and Always willing to help those in Need...
I am Thankful Uncle Steve has been a Huge part of my life ever since I was a little boy...
Auntie Dot and Uncle Arnold, Myles and family always included us and treated us with Love ❤️
I loved knowing Uncle Steve, working with him at A. Herman Company and eating Chicken Parmesan at Sportsman Grill.
He cheered me up when I was feeling down, gave me advice...sometimes I didn’t Always Listen but Most of All He gave Me and I know He gave All of you Unconditional Love 💕
I Love you Uncle Steve and I will Never Forget You!!!
July 29, 2018
We are sadden at the loss of Steve in this World....there are so many memories to share that the pages would be voluminous. I have been privileged to have known Steve and his entire family for over 35 years and wish for them the comfort to know that he will be missed and hope that your pain will be easy.
I have been lucky to receive the love of the Goodman family for so many years and will keep Steve in my thoughts and prayers.
Pearl & Joe Vecchio