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Mt. View Mortuary & Cemetery

570 East Highland Ave, San Bernardino, CA

OBITUARY

James Hamilton Goddard

February 2, 1946July 27, 2020
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James Hamilton Goddard was born on February 2, 1946 and passed away on July 27, 2020 and is under the care of Mt. View Mortuary & Cemetery.

Memorial Serive will be held on September 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Mt. View Mortuary & Cemetery, 570 E Highland Ave, San Bernardino, California.

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  • Memorial Serive

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

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James Hamilton Goddard

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Stephanie Krentz

September 25, 2020

We loved spending time with you both when we came to visit. But my favorite memory is when I first met uncle Jim at Sam and Laurie’s land and he danced with me. We did the monkey. It was so fun.

Robert Descaro

September 24, 2020

Jim I did not know you all that well, but I do remember you were one of the nicest people I ever met. You had a great reputation at the P.D. too. Condolences to the family.

Vicky Torres

September 24, 2020

I first met Jim back in February of 2018 when he came to stay at the facility I run in Redlands. He wasn't speaking a whole lot by then. Mostly 1 or 2 word responses. But you could tell, by the twinkle in his eye and a slight nod of the head that he understood. At night when I would get ready to leave I would always tell him, Ok Sarge I'm leaving now so you're in charge! He would nod and smile just slightly. It gave him purpose, something all of us need. What stands out the most to me is his reaction to the first visit after the Covid lock down from Cheryl. He still wasn't verbal but you could tell he didn't know whether to laugh or cry. So he did both. With one solitary tear running down his cheek, he rushed over to the window to see her! He taught me something that day. No matter how confused or unaware people with dementia may seem, they are still in there! Rest in Paradise sir! Keep patrolling and making sure we are safe!

Stacey Miller

September 24, 2020

Jim was an amazing friend! I had the good fortune to meet him and get to work with him when he was the Sergeant at the San Bernardino International Airport Authority. We became instant friends. That friendship extended into my family and his! At work, I had a daily police escort to the bank, a lunch companion that included three or four other police officer friends, and someone who was always there with a smile, a silly face, a kind word and some good perspective! Off work, Jim, Cheryl, Glen and I had some fun times!! There was often a dive bar involved:
dancing...like a chicken, karaoke...like Alfalfa, and some cool libations...Jim enjoyed his beer!! There are so many great memories, far too many to recite here! We didn't see Jim as often as we should have towards the end, and I regret that very much. But the thing that really does warm my heart is that for as much as this disease took from him, at his core, Jim was still a happy, goofy, wonderful human being!! My life is much richer for the friendship we shared!!

Shawna Laub (Enders)

September 24, 2020

Uncle Jim was one of the most light-hearted and jovial people I've ever met. He always had a smile and a joke ready, as well as a kind word to share with anyone. When I was a teenager, I was lucky enough to spend two weeks at his home with my Aunt Cheryl and their daughter Kelsey, and in that short time, I got to witness just how kind and welcoming a man he truly was. I'll never forget the fun-filled trip we took to Laughlin, or the expert way he drove the boat as we cruised on the lake. He seemed to live his life with such a positive, carefree energy that I still envy as an adult. As I grew, I wasn't able to spend as much time with the Goddards as I would have liked, but the time I spent with Uncle Jim and his family will forever be a cherished memory of mine. I'm deeply saddened at the loss of such a vibrant life, and I hold Cheryl and Kelsey in my thoughts daily. Uncle Jim was loved by so many, and he will truly be missed.

Rick Lindsey

September 20, 2020

Jodie and I attended the memorial yesterday and really enjoyed the service and all the great memories everyone shared. I didn't want to speak there, but I have some memories I would like to share with Cheryl and all of Jim's family.

Jim was one of my training officers when I came on the department in 1984. In fact, he was the best FTO (field training officer) I ever had. Jim taught me the importance various officer survival techniques, the importance of empathy for victims of crime and firm resolve when dealing with suspects. He taught me how to use force in my job without being heavy handed. Jim taught me the value of detail in all of my investigations whether it be a petty theft or a homicide. He showed me the importance of taking even the most mundane chores of the job as seriously as the most complicated tasks.

I was hired as part of a large expansion of the department. As such, there were several new officers and the department did not have as many FTOs as they needed, therefore, I was assigned to regular patrolmen for training before I got to Jim. Although the patrolmen that I worked with tried their best, some of them good, others, not so much, I got to Jim just in time. I was very close to giving up when Jim took me under his wing. I can say with confidence that if I had not received Jim's guidance and support, I would not be a retired police officer now.

I will be forever grateful that Jim came into my life. I thank Jim, and by extension Cheryl and his family, for all that he did for me and my family.

Frank Alvarez

September 19, 2020

I was a young police officer who was fortunate enough to work for Jim, when he was a patrol Sergeant. He was a very fair supervisor, and always had a smile. He lead by example, and he was a great motivator as well. He was the kind of supervisor that anyone would want to work for. After he retired, he was a golfing buddy of my dads. My dad passed away in 2017, and by then, unfortunately Jim was sick. His lovely wife Cheryl brought him to my dads funeral service. I remember when I saw him at my dads funeral, I was very happy, and went over to say hello. Cheryl told me that Jim wouldn't know who I was, and I told her I understood, but that it was still very special for me to see him there. That is what he meant to me. I went to Jim's funeral today. The stories I heard showed me what a great life he lived, and what a happy person he always was.

Carl &Lori Ann Williams

September 19, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Jim was a great guy I enjoyed playing golf with him in New York when everyone else canceled due to the hurricane. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Kinisha Pollard

September 19, 2020

Cheryl, yours & Jim’s love will live on forever, along with every memory shared. May God continue to comfort you & the family, with his peace & assurance. Bringing to remembrance that one day we’ll all see our loved one’s again; when we’re joined together in that heavenly place called home. Until then we celebrate Jim’s life, because a piece of him lives on through each of us. And in the times when you need it, I pray for strength during weakness, joy in sorrows & laughter when sad.
I love you, always
Kinisha.. ❤️

Melissa Olive

September 19, 2020

I met jimmy much later on in his life,
I met him when he came to live at bloosm grove I was one of the caregivers who had the pleasure of helping take care of him. From the moment I met him I had such a close relationship with him. He always was laughing and still had his sense of humor. He always would brighten up my day. His wife cheryl one of the best people she always was there . Anytime I would say your wife is here he would smile so big. This disease is something no one ever thinks will happen to their love one I'm glad I was able to be there for Jimmy and his family. He made a life long impression on me. And anyone who came across his path. My thoughts and prayers are with cheryl's and family he will.be truly missed..... 💙💙💙

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