Richard "Rick" L. Goodwin

  • Born: April 17, 1986
  • Died: May 15, 2015
  • Location: Port Charlotte, Florida

Roberson Funeral Home and Crematory

2151 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Tel. 941-629-3141

Tribute & Message From The Family

RICHARD "RICK" L. GOODWIN, 29, of Port Charlotte, Florida who was born April 17, 1986 and raised in Hammond, Indiana, died unexpectedly Friday, May 15, 2015 in a boating accident in Charlotte Harbor along with his Uncle, Harold Goodwin, also originally from Hammond/ Highland, Indiana.

Rick graduated from Morton High School in Hammond in 2004. He continued his education for Auto Tech Training and in 2013, at the age of 27, he achieved his goal of becoming an ASE Certified Master Technician. Rick was currently employed by MacKinnon Equipment Services at their Fort Myers office. Being a full time resident of Port Charlotte since 2007, Rick had met many people here and made friends with most all he met. He loved to fish which, in the end helped end his life.

Rick is survived by his loving family, his Father and Mother, Richard and Sherry Goodwin, a Brother, Sean Goodwin all of Port Charlotte; Maternal Grandfather, Leon Sebolt of Crete, IL; Uncle, Alan Sebolt of Crete, IL; Aunt, Stephanie Sebolt Novak, Uncle, Edwin Novak of Michigan Shore, IN, Aunt, Roberta Goodwin of Port Charlotte; Cousin, Harold (Julie) Goodwin of Highland, IN. He was preceded in death his Maternal Grandmother, Joan Sebolt, Maternal Grandparents, Harold L. Goodwin and Elizabeth Bounds Goodwin and by his loving Uncle Harold Goodwin of Port Charlotte. He was a kind and loving son and brother who will be forever missed. Rick was kind hearted, considerate, respectful and helpful to all.

A Celebration of Life Service for Rick will be held Thursday 12 Noon, May 21, 2015 at Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 AM Thursday until service time.

Please! Please! Always wear a LIFE JACKET while in a boat. In lieu of flowers, donations in any amount are encouraged to a favorite charity. Friends may visit online at to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We love you and miss you. You will be in our hearts
Aunt Steph (Teffy) and Uncle Ed

Posted by Stephanie Novak - Michigan City, IN   May 15, 2016

To our son Rick. Tomorrow will mark the one year that you were taken from us for reasons only God will know. You are forever in our hearts and you smile is deeply embedded in our eyes. Love Dad, Mom, Sean,

Posted by Rick, Sherry, Sean Goodwin - Port Charlotte, FL   May 14, 2016


Rest in peace Rick
God Bless you & your family
(work with Rick @ the McGee tire stores)

Posted by Kevin Diener - Seminole, FL   July 06, 2015

He was a rgood friend to everybody never a moment he wasn't smiling Rick always smiled and laughed he was such a cool guy

Posted by Kenneth Foust - Hammond, IN - Morton High class of 04   June 03, 2015

Rick and Sherry we were so sorry to hear about the tragic accident that occurred, taking the life of Ricky and Harold. We will always remember the Thanksgiving Holidays at your house especially the oyster dressing. The kids were so little then. Time does pass too quickly. If there is anything we can do please don't hesitate to call. Gary and Peggy Tapley

Posted by Gary and Peggy Tapley - Crown Point, IN - Friends   May 21, 2015


Sorry for your loss he was a good guy your son looked out for me and I'll never forget that.

Posted by Justin quade - Venice, FL   May 20, 2015

My condolences to all of you, your in my thoughts and prayers...R.I.P. will be missed...heaven defiantly gained another Angel...

Posted by Petra Hollis - Hammond, IN - friend   May 20, 2015


Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear,
just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Debbie & Kenny Adams - Holiday, FL - Friend   May 20, 2015

Rick, Sherry and family,

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God give you
strength through this most difficult time. Our thoughtsKY and prayers
are with you.

Posted by Charlie & Margie(Klienaman) Dark - Hammond, IN   May 20, 2015

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved ones. (Friends of Steph and Ed Novak)

Posted by Marj and John Openshaw - Niceville, FL   May 20, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss of Rick JR. Your all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Sharon (Cabell) Schrum - FT Hood, TX   May 20, 2015

Rick & Sherry & Family,
sorry to hear about your son...Rick & my son Adam were best of friendS...Your son was always a gentleman at my was a joy to have him over..prayer to your family..God Bless

Posted by ADA GARVEY - HIGHLAND, IN   May 20, 2015

I am deeply saddened by the loss of your son Rick and your brother Sean as well as for Uncle Harold and his family wife Roberta and his son Harold. They are both in my thoughts and in my prayers as well as his entire Goodwin family.

Posted by Sharon (Cabell) Schrum - Fort Hood, TX   May 20, 2015

Dear Sherry,

I read 'The Times' every morning and before I get to the obituaries I always say a little prayer that I won't see a familiar name. But this morning my heart just sank when I saw Richard Goodwin from Florida. I hoped it was some other Goodwin. But as I read further, my heart broke for you, Rick and Sean.

I suppose we'll never know why such terrible losses happen to such nice people. I can only imagine your sorrow, having lost both your son and Rick's brother Harold. You know we think of you often and always hope you're doing well. At this time, I pray that God will hold all of you in His hand and see you through the rough times ahead. Our very sincere sympathy.

Shirley (and Karl)

Posted by Shirlely & Karl Euler - Lynwood, IL - Sherry's former co-workers   May 20, 2015

Rick & Family. My deepest condolences and prayers for healing & strength during this time. Rick has been so so missed over the years, since moving to FL. I'll never forget your laugh & smile. You were quite the sarcastic character. XoxoxoxO.

Posted by Tiffani Kreglow - Hammond, IN - Friend   May 20, 2015

I was very saddened by your loss. Hope your good memories will help ease your pain. Think of you often when thinking of our youth. God be with you. Betty

Posted by Betty Ellis - Valparaiso, IN - old friend of father   May 20, 2015

Sherry Rick and Sean, We will never understand why our Lord took Ricky so young. Our friendship began several years ago through Harold and Roberta. You raised a wonderful young man that will never be forgotten. God bless Ricky and Harold. John and Lola Hensonn

Posted by John and Lola Henson - Port Charlotte, FL - Friends   May 20, 2015

Dear Sherry, Rick, and Sean,

We are so very sorry to hear this sad news about your son Rick and also for your brother in law Harold. I know you're heart broken. You are in our thoughts and prayers that you will have God's grace and peace in this loss. I know how much you love your boys and that you will miss him so much. I also know how strong you are Sherry. I weep with you and for you and send you much love.

Love, Mary Jean, Butch, and family

Posted by Mary Jean and Butch Simmons and family - DeMotte, IN - Sherry's Cousin   May 19, 2015


May God protect and watch over you and Uncle Harold

Posted by John Lola Henson    May 19, 2015

Rick and Sherry, so sorry to hear of your son and Harolds accident.I remember your sons as very little boys at Shafer Lake.May God Bless your family during this sad time. Darlene Stevens

Posted by Darlene Stevens - Highland, IN - Friend   May 19, 2015


Rick, Sherry and Sean..I am so heartbroken to hear of Ricky and Harold's passing. They were both great guys that will be missed by many..I know they are now fishing angels catching the big one..Love u guys!

Posted by Dede Buttram - Crown Point, IN   May 19, 2015

I'm really gonna miss you Rick. You were such a great guy.
I'm always gonna wonder what happened out on the water that day..and I'll always remember our fishing trips together..
my deepest condolences to your family..
rest in peace my friend..

Posted by Bobby Tack (crabber bob) - port Charlotte, FL - friend and fishing buddy   May 19, 2015

Sherry, Rick and Sean,

We just heard the news today about Ricky and are in complete shock. I cannot begin to find the words to tell you how sorry we all are. I have so many good childhood memories of growing up with the boys and my mom babysitting them. I pray that you all can find peace in such a horrific time. Please know that you are in our thoughts here in Indiana. I wish we were able to attend the services but we are all praying and thinking of you. Our hearts go out to you all.

The Holman's (Sue and the girl's)

Posted by Tabitha (Holman) Holloway - Crown Point (Hammond), IN - Neighbor/Friend   May 19, 2015

Sherry and Rick,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time.May God give you comfort. God Bless.
Joe Kleinaman
Melanie and Dan Moynihan

Posted by Melanie Moynihan - Highland, IN   May 19, 2015

My heart goes out to you all. I was shocked and saddened to hear about this. Stay strong, and hold the good memories in your heart. Love you and miss you guys.

Posted by Allison (Boswinkle) Piech - HAMMOND, IN   May 18, 2015

My deepest sympathies to you old friends. Ricky sure became a handsome young man. I looked for Harold's obituary but didn't find it. Please express my sympathies to Roberta & Little Harold. May peace be with all of you. I so remember Ricky fishing at the lake as a little boy. He loved it even back then.

Posted by Janie Lowry - Hammond, IN - Friend   May 18, 2015

Richard, Sherry & Sean Goodwin & extended family members.
It is with great sadness and shock that I learn of the sudden and untimely passing of "Rick."
I had what I consider to have been a pleasure to meet " Rick," through his Uncle Harold. Having been a neighbour of Harold and Roberta for this past winter, I know full well of the bonding between them was very evident.
I had many conversations with Rick about where I live in Canada, the fishing, the weather, the employment and whatever. Likewise he told me much about his employment and employer and his love of work.
I shared a few stories with both he and Harold and was awaken late one night when they caught a beautiful " snook," off the dock.
Rick was a person that I got to befriend very easily as was his Uncle Harold.
I am sure he has many friends that will miss him dearly a well..
You have lost a Son, a brother, a nephew but I have truly lost a friend.
May you RIP Rick. God Bless.

Wayne & Fran Thomas
Grand Falls, Newfoundland, Canada.
& 18182 Bracken Circle.

Posted by Wayne Thomas - Grand Falls- Newfoundland-Ca - a friend   May 18, 2015

I am sorry for your loss he was a good friend . God bless

Posted by Denise Smith - north port, FL - frie d   May 18, 2015

Rick & Sherrie, words cannot express how our hearts hurt for you !! Your in our prayers .. Anything we can do please get in touch with us ...

Posted by Ken & Jen wright - Crown point, IN - Friend   May 18, 2015

Sending prayers and love

Posted by James & Ronda Wilkes & family - Yuma, TN - friend   May 18, 2015