Robert Goodwin

Robert Matthew "Bob" Goodwin

Saturday, February 24th, 1945 - Monday, November 11th, 2019
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Robert Matthew (Bob) Goodwin, 74, of Salem, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on Monday, November 11, 2019, at Lewis-Gale Medical Center.

He was born on February 25, 1945 in Hampton, Va. to the late Alfred David and Jane Elliott Goodwin.

Bob had been a wonderful teacher for 32 years and was loved by all his students. He was involved in numerous organizations including the SPCA, Big Brother, West End Center for Youth, the Roanoke Food Pantry, and especially Salem Presbyterian Church. Community outreach was very important to him. Bob was a very special person. Due to his kind and gracious nature, he was loved by everyone who knew him. He will be missed!

Preceding him in death was his brother, Jack Goodwin; and other numerous family members including aunts, uncles, and cousins.

His surviving family includes his loving wife of 45 years, Judy Goodwin of Salem, Va.; sister-in-law, Linda Ricker; brother-in-law, Jim Seay; niece, Carol Mahan and husband, Pete, all of Richmond, Va.; and very special friends including Sue Conner of Salem, Va.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019, at the Salem Presbyterian Church with Rev. Janet Chisom officiating. A reception will immediately follow in Gresham Hall.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to the church at 41 East Main Street in Salem, Va. 24153. Online condolences may be expressed at
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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, November 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, November 15th, 2019 11:00am
    Salem Presbyterian Church
    41 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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    Rev. Janet Chisom
  • Interment

    Salem Presbyterian Church Columbarium
    Address Not Available


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Betsy Hanson

Posted at 06:51pm
We are so sorry to hear about Robert's passing. He will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Charlotte Griffith and Betsy

Rik Peery

Posted at 08:51am
So sorry to hear Judy, we just found out; we will miss Robert, really enjoyed talking to y'all when out & about, we'll stop by soon...if you need anything, you know we're here for, Rik & Monica

Jim Clifton

Posted at 08:38am
Dear Judy,
We knew Bob as a friendly, kind and compassionate man and we know he will be forever missed by all who knew him. Please know that you're in out thoughts during this sad and difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Jim and Ena Clifton

Susan Vaughan Brown

Posted at 02:32pm
Dearest Judy,
You are in my prayers for the Holy Spirit to hold you near during Bob's homegoing. Also, I pray that your family and friends will continue to offer their love and support to you. My own precious memories of Bob (when we knew him as R.M.) are as a beloved childhood friend. We had many fun times among a group of teens at Church. Always a gentleman, he had an engaging sense of humor. I will always remember him fondly.

With you in God's embrace.

Susan Vaughan Brown
Richmond, VA

Kathy Sue Hudson

Posted at 02:03pm
I had Mr Goodwin 6th grade at West Salem Elem and he was a great teacher. Our Mothers were great friends as well. I am sorry for your loss

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