Patrick James Goodenough
July 6, 1930-Dec. 25, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Patrick Goodenough, husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, mentor, golf partner, artist, sailor, teacher and incredibly giving citizen passed away peacefully on Christmas day with his best friend and wife Pam by his side. Patrick lived a full life and at 90 had traveled most of the world, including sailing across the Pacific. He had a successful business career and a very active retirement that was focused on helping and inspiring others.
Born in England in 1930, Patrick immigrated with his family to Canada in 1938 just prior to the outbreak of the war in Europe. His Father enlisted in the Canadian Air Force shortly after their arrival in Canada which required another move to Ottawa, there Patrick attended Ashby College. In 1943 the family moved to Vancouver Island and Patrick attended the Shawnigan Lake boarding school where he graduated two years early at the age 15. Following a year working in a foundry and later a sash and door factory, he attended McGill University in Montreal, receiving a bachelors degree in 1951. After McGill, He joined the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict, assigned to a unit that studied how to best utilize the skills of the recruits. This training steered him towards his career in Human Resources. His first job was as personnel manager at Sylvania Electric in Mountain View. Later he started his own business, Patrick Goodenough Services, which served corporations and individuals in insurance, estate planning and executive benefit programs, he retired in 1995.
Upon retirement Patrick dedicated himself to the service of others. This manifested in his spending 25 years working with The Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula in various capacities as a volunteer: art teacher, mentor, tutor, board member and friend. When he wasn’t spending time volunteering he honed his skills as a painter and could be found sailing his boat Trinity on the bay.
When Patrick celebrated his 90th birthday his favorite gift came from Andreas a former mentee. Andreas now a chef and a BGCP employee served 900 teens dinner in Patrick’s honor.
Patrick is survived by his wife of 42 years Pam, His Brother Thomas Goodenough (Sue) and his Sister Anne Moser, His three sons, Bill(Sharon), Jim (Linda), John(Jodi), his two step daughters Cathy Friedman Duane(Jon), Caren Lee(Warren), 16 Grandchildren Ryan(Kendra), Kevin(Emily), Elizabeth(Lance), Graham(Samantha), Anna(Dan), Mathew(Ashley), Patrick, Andrew, Jack, Caren, Charlie, Michael, Peach, Erin, Katie and Kristi and 6 Great Grandchildren, Jeremy, Peyton, Carson, Ariel, Juniper and Tristan. His family and their ties to each other were of utmost importance and he created over two decades of Family vacations to Alisal Ranch to bask in family fun.
Patrick’s family is forever indebted to his angelic caregiver Wendy Mamiam.
In Patrick’s honor, perform unexpected and unsolicited acts of kindness.
If you’d like to make a gift in his memory please make an investment in the future of the youth he cared so deeply about and consider donating your time or your treasure to the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. www.bgcp.org/donate Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula 401 Pierce Road Menlo Park, California 94025
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