William K. Goodwin Jr.

William K. Goodwin, Jr. of Winchester passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the age of 88. Bill is survived by his wife, Nancy (Hall) Goodwin, his daughter Elinor and her wife, Carol, his daughter Phoebe, and his granddaughters, Julia and Rose.  

Bill grew up in Marblehead with his parents Ruth (Elder) and William Goodwin and his brothers Daniel Goodwin and the late Randolph Goodwin.  He graduated from MIT in 1957 and spent the next several months in Italy studying architecture on a Fulbright.

Bill worked at Cambridge Seven Associates, Vanderweil Engineers, and Ellenzweig Associates.  He spent his career designing laboratories, aquariums, MBTA stations, and hospitals, merging his love of architecture with his deep understanding of the science that makes such spaces work. He worked with the professors and the board members, but was never happier than when he was interacting with the workmen and learning the tricks of each of their trades.

He kept lists of absolutely everything and never stopped trying to teach himself new things. He was a huge fan of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He was an active member in the SIA (Society for Industrial Archaeology), and he spent 50 years trying to form right angles in an old house in Winchester that was neither plumb nor level.

The Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 2:00 PM at The First Congregational Church in Winchester. A private burial will be held at Waterside Cemetery in Marblehead.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Massachusetts Audubon Society.


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  1. Kristen Herlihy on March 29, 2022 at 8:52 am

    What a gentleman and a really nice fellow. We’re here for you, Goodwin girls.

  2. Joy&Leo Cass on March 29, 2022 at 11:40 am

    So sorry to hear this! Blessings and Condolences to all who mourn his passing.

  3. Hannah on March 29, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    So sorry to read this! Such a loving and patient grandfather to Julia and Rose. I can see him in my mind, walking the girls downhill to Lincoln school. Sending lots of love to the whole family.

    Hannah, Dan-Mikael, Kornelia, Filippa and Edvard

  4. Glenda DeMoss on March 29, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Hugs and love to all of you. So glad you and the girls are there with your mom, Phoebe. Much love, Glenda

  5. Frank and Natalie Zaremba on March 30, 2022 at 8:08 am

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a great talented friend and colleague. Our condolences to Nancy and family.

  6. Victoria Taylor on March 30, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Oh Phoebe, I am so sorry for your loss. What a lovely summary of his work life and passions above. I hope you and your family find some great memories to share and laugh about as you celebrate his life.

  7. E. Owen Hall on March 30, 2022 at 10:47 am

    Nancy, Elin, Carol, Phoebe, Julia and Rose. So sorry about Bill’s passing. I know you miss him terribly. Happy he was able to be at home with you until the end.
    Love and condolences to all.

  8. Mary on March 30, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Nancy, Phoebe, Julia and Rose,
    So sorry for your loss and to echo Victoria, what a lovely life summary. Such a smart person but so unassuming and kind. I’m happy to have such wonderful neighbors. Please reach out if you need anything.

  9. Mara & Holger Kunst on March 30, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    So sorry to hear this news and realize how much you must be hurting.
    Thanks for sharing what a great and decent man he was, beyond what we saw at school pickups.
    We are here for you and your girls.

    Mara, Holger, Sylvia and (of course) Alex

  10. Wendy Pearce Jackman on March 31, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss…He was a wonderful, kind man and I am privileged to have known him. Such wonderful memories when he would come visit at school.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. David and Meriel Hall on April 1, 2022 at 9:28 am

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s death but comforted by the fact that he was surrounded by his loving family. Bill was great. He was always fun to talk to, always interesting, and always interested in what was being said, frequently beaming his warm smile and his quiet laugh. He enjoyed keeping his mind sharp and open, voraciously reading, attending classic movies on the top 100 list, even memorizing musical lyrics from Gilbert and Sullivan to Pink Floyd. Bill was a wonderful man. We will miss him.

  12. Laurel, Noah, and Jacob on April 3, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    We love you.

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