John Goodrich was a veteran of the US Army and served as an officer in the adjutant general corps. John initially worked for Sears, Roebuck & Company serving as a manager in St. Albans, VT, and Rumford, ME. In 1962, he was employed as a teacher of the Marketing Program at Stevens High School and the ski coach. He served in those positions until 1971, when he became Director of Vocational Education. John was one of the original Vocational Directors in NH and spent much of his career in the development of regional vocational education centers for secondary students. He was responsible for the development of the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center in Claremont.
He retired in 1993. He was active in many civic and professional organizations. A partial listing includes the Claremont Rotary Club, the NH Advisory Board for Vocational Technical Education, and the State & National Associations for Vocational Technical Education. John was also involved in the development of summer youth programs, which were designed to provide vocational training for disadvantaged youths. In 1986 he received a Presidential Award for the development and operation of a summer job program, entitled Project Solve. John retired from education in June 1993 after 32 years of service. Following his retirement, John worked part-time as a member of the Construction Management Presentation Team for Baybutt Construction, Keene, NH for four years.
In 1997, John fully retired and enjoyed winters in Ft. Myers, FL, and also spent time traveling, golfing, fishing, and enjoying his family. He also remained active by serving as a member of the Board of Directors at the condominium associations in both locations.
John was predeceased by his wife of 51 years Joanne (Doten) Goodrich and his sister Jean Ebgert.
The surviving family includes his wife, Ernestine (Ostenson) Goodrich of Ft. Myers, FL; two daughters, Karen Goodrich and her partner Michael Higgins of Meriden, NH; Kathryn Hanson and her husband Peter f Goshen, NH; his grandchildren, Amanda Bevilacqua, Jeffrey Hanson and his wife Krystal, Lauren (Maiola) Maynard and her husband Trevor and Ryan Maiola; five great grandchildren, Chloe and Sophia Hanson and Quinn Carter of Rochester, NH and Chase and Avery Bevilacqua of Goshen, NH along with nieces, nephews and cousins.
There are no visiting hours and a private graveside service will be held at a later date.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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