Merton P. Goodspeed ’45

Merton P. Goodspeed ’45 died on March 31, 2013, in Harwich, Massachusetts.

(The following was published in the Cape Cod Times on April 9, 2013):

HARWICHPORT — Merton P. Goodspeed of Harwichport died on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Epoch of Harwich with family by his side. He is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Patricia S. Goodspeed. He leaves his daughters Denise Roderick, Janice Clarke and her husband Norman Clarke Jr., all residing in Harwich. In addition Mert leaves three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mert was born in Brockton. Massachusetts, on March 7, 1924, to Elmer and Pauline (Ellis) Goodspeed. He grew up in Brockton and in 1943 joined the Army where he proudly served his country during World War II. After being wounded in 1944 he was honorably discharged. Mert relocated to New Jersey where he was a Certified Public Account for Kraft Foods for many years. His lifelong love of music, in particular “Jazz,” playing trombone in clubs, and his close friendship with Lou Columbo were treasured parts of his life. He was also an avid sports fan, with the Red Sox being his true passion.

Mert had a keen interest in and affinity for playing the Stock Market. His CPA background prepared him well for the retirement years spent at his desk navigating his world of finance. In those later years he became quite the expert in the computer world and enjoyed the challenges faced with learning that new skill.

Declining health necessitated a permanent placement at Epoch of Harwich for the last eighteen months of his life. The family will be forever grateful for their kindness to us and their loving care of Mert.