MERIDEN-Roy Gooding, 89, passed away on May 23, 2019 at Coccomo Memorial Healthcare Center. He was born in Panama on November 20, 1929, son of the late Phillip and Zilla Gooding. Roy's career was centered around education; being a teacher, coach, principal, college professor, and a member of the Meriden Board of Education from 1993 to 2005. A loving father, grandfather, and brother, Roy is survived by his daughters; Joy Gooding, Carmen Pagano (Dan), Judy Keeney, and Sue Alvarez, grandchildren; Vincent, Hyacinth, Heather, Michael, Kathleen, Charlie, Sean, and Wolfgang, brothers; Norman, Cecil, and Ralph Gooding, and sister; Ruth Gooding. Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Roy's life on Saturday, May 25th from 11:00 to 1:00 PM at Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Roy's memory may be sent to the Boys & Girls Club of Meriden, 15 Lincoln St., Meriden, CT 06451.

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  1. I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Gooding. While I was a student at Platt, Mr. Gooding was always a positive presence on the track. He wasn’t teaching or coaching at the time; he simply enjoyed sharing his passion and knowledge with all of us. I am grateful to Mr. Gooding for his kindness and for his dedication to the Platt track program. He was a wonderful man and I am glad for the opportunity I had to be able to run for him and know him.
    My deepest sympathies to Mr. Gooding’s family.
    Kelly Roman

  2. My condolences to the Gooding family of the passing of Mr Gooding. What wonderful person he was he was my principal at Jefferson middle school he will be truly missed

  3. To Joy, Vincent, and the whole family, Our hearts are with you in all your memories of our late beloved Principal of Jefferson Middle School. RIP Mr. Gooding you will always be our hero. To his family I pray you all find peace in knowing that Roy Gooding changed my life like so many others for the best we honor that with the love he gave to us as the new generation of people. Mr. Roy Gooding is now your new Guardian Angel for his family. Love Always, Nancy Chaparro Feliciano

  4. I fine it very difficult to write about a man who meant so much to me. I had the pleasure of working under Roy at Jefferson Middle School. In my opinion, he was one of the finest principles that I ever worked under. I will always remember Roy going down before school to the donut shop to make sure the youngsters there would be on time for school. He was a man of compassion, dignity, and humility to all. Roy gave his entire life to education, while touching so many lives along the way. Hollis Hartford

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