Passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Joanna (Andrews) Gooder. Cherished father of Jane Gooder (Roger Lucier), and Kevin (Tammy) Gooder. Adored grandfather of Jenna and Grace. Fondly remembered by his brother’s Jack (Evelyn, deceased 2022) and Gerry (Linda), and their families.
Robert was a dedicated high school teacher at Laurier SS and Montcalm SS for 35 years total. He also coached football and hockey as well he running the outdoor club for fishing enthusiasts and the chess club. He was also a coach of the London Beefeaters Football Club and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2022.
Robert loved life and was a man of all seasons!!! He played or watched every sport going, and did so with the greatest of enthusiasm! His sports passion was the New York Yankees and he always dreamed of being called up to spring training!
He was a free spirit who marched to his own drum!
Special thanks to all of those that sent messages of love and appreciation. He was a large presence in so many peoples lives. He will be greatly missed.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Mission Services of London would be appreciated by the family.