Susan J. Gookin

susan gookin

August 22, 1946 ~ January 7, 2023

Born in: Laconia, NH
Resided in: New Haven, CT

Susan J. Gookin, age 76, of New Haven, CT & Gilford, NH, passed away on January 7, 2023. Born in Laconia, NH on August 22, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Raymond Robinson & Myrtle Eville Robinson. Susan is survived by her beloved husband Richard M. Gookin; her sons, Mark R. Gookin of New Haven, Joshua T. Gookin & his spouse Heather Burrows of Wallingford, and Daniel C. Gookin & his spouse Matthew Brand of East Haven; and her sisters Barbara C. Straight of Gilford, NH & Deborah J. Robinson of Eugene, OR. Susan was a graduate of St. Raphael School of Nursing and employed as a Registered Nurse at that hospital for 43 years. A resident of New Haven most of her life, she always enjoyed spending her time with family in Gilford, NH. Susan was a friend to all and an unofficial mother to many; a woman that was always there to help and someone you would never forget.
Friends may visit with her family on Wednesday, January 11th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT, and may attend her funeral on Thursday at the funeral home at 9:00 a.m. followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Aedan & St. Brendan Parish, 112 Fountain Street, New Haven, CT. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation at:


Visitation: January 11, 2023 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Mass of Christian Burial: January 12, 2023 10:00 am

St. Aedan & St. Brendan Parish
112 Fountain Street
New Haven, CT 06515

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  1. Dear Gookin Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Hoping your hearts are filled with many happy memories. Peace and love to you all. ❤️Nonie And Rob Riley

  2. The Gookin Family,
    Sending my deepest sympathies and condolences to you all. May you find some peace in the days to come.
    Love and hugs, Elise

  3. My deepest sympathies.
    You and Sue had a beautiful, mad love affair that every marriage aspires to!
    She was an amazing Wife and Mother and so hard working and fun loving!
    Generous and kind and wickedly smart!
    An amazing Nurse and care taker, she dedicated her time to healing and comforting others.

    Her skills were vast! She was an amazing cook, baker and pear-jam maker!
    She would think nothing of refinishing wood doors, knocking down walls and loved to have projects always going!
    1am in the morning, she might be watching a 12hr marathon of Lonesome Dove, or stripping down a piece of furniture in the basement- with gloves and goggles on😍
    Always she would work in some big time shopping. She was a great “shopper”😉

    Man! She sure had a knack for friendship and her knack for joining people in friendship was so natural to her.
    She was like a Mother to me and I’m grateful for all the years you all shared her with me.

    May She rest in peace and look down in Heaven, enjoying the warmth and love of God himself.

  4. we are very sorry to hear of her passing.I worked with her for many years on nights and days at st. Raphael’s she was a great person to all and great caregiver to all of her pts in family and send our prayers to her family…

  5. My deepest condolences to Josh and Heather and family.
    We’re so sorry to hear about Mom’s passing.
    Elizabeth and John Kelliher
    Suffield CT

  6. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your mom was the hostess with the mostess at your Halloween parties! I remember how sweet and generous she was with everyone! She will be missed. Heaven has gained another Angel. Know that you’re all in our thoughts and prayers!

  7. Dear Dan and family,
    It was my honor to be your Mom’s Manager in the SICU at the Hospital of St Raphael.
    She was a dedicated and compassionate nurse to all those she cared for.
    You are all in my prayers 🙏

  8. St Louis Popes send love and prayers your way! Cherish all the memories that were made and prayers for peace. LOVE YOU all!

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