John C. Goffin, 81, of 20 Brown Square, Ipswich, husband of
Betty Lou (Ryea) Goffin, died Saturday July 19, 2008 in the
Lahey Hitchcock Medical Center, Burlington, following his long
Born in Reading, PA April 1, 1927, one of the three children of
the late John and Mary Emma (Keeley) Goffin. The son of a
millwright, his family lived in Connecticut, Florida and in
Auburn, ME where he attended high school and entered the Navy at
the age of seventeen. During WWII he served aboard several
frigates and the aircraft carrier Kearsage. During the Korean
War he served in the Army as a military policeman. Following his
honorable discharge he returned home to Maine and married the
following year in Hebron, ME. The Goffin’s made their homes in
the Brunswick and Lewiston areas where they started their
family. For thirty years they lived in Rowley and have lived in
Ipswich since 1994. During the years of his employment Mr.
Goffin worked as an auto and truck mechanic. For many years he
was the owner and operator of a long haul truck. Retiring in
1985 he went to work for the next nine years in the deli at the
Market Basket in Rowley.
Mr. Goffin enjoyed writing. He wrote personal memoirs, wrote
about family and the beauty of nature. He also enjoyed painting,
sketching, carving, jazz, the blues and opera at Tanglewood.
He was a member of Ipswich AMVETS Post #201, the Brunswick, ME
VFW Post # 616 and the Brunswick AMVETS. He was a former
communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Rowley.
In addition to his wife of fifty-five years he is survived by a
son, John S. Goffin and his wife Judith of Chelmsford; three
daughters, Elaine Moon and her husband Ronald of Ipswich, Donna
Tillotson-Riggs and her husband Garland of Fredericktown, MO and
Marriann Goffin and her fiancee’ Richard Gordon of Danvers; ten
grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; a sister, Helen
Porier of Norway, ME and many nephews and nieces. He was the
brother of the late Eleanor Saunders of Hebron, ME and the late
Mary Davis of Brunswick, ME.
His funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 23, at 11 am in
the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich, followed
by interment with Military Honors in the Cowles Memorial
Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.
Visiting hours are Tuesday 4 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers
memorial contributions in his name may be made to the St. Jude
Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.