Charles A. Goodwin, Jr.

Charles A. Goodwin, Jr., 91, of Riverside, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Sylvia Kenney Goodwin and the late Edna (Dunn) Goodwin.

Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Marian (Crane) Goodwin. Mr. Goodwin was a member of the East Providence Police Department for 35 years, retiring with the rank of Captain. He was then employed as a federal grant coordinator for the Rhode Island Governor’s Office for Highway Safety for ten years. He also served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Mr. Goodwin received a Masters Degree in Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He also received a Bachelors Degree from Roger Williams University and an Associates Degree from Northeastern University, both in criminal justice.

He was a member of the adjunct faculty at Bristol Community College and Roger Williams University. He was also the first court officer of the East Providence Municipal Court and a member of the East Providence Planning Board. He was a member of the East Providence Police and Fire Retirees Association, the East Providence Police Beneficial Association and the East Providence Fraternal Order of Police.

Besides his wife he leaves one stepson, Henry F. Walther and two step grandchildren, Henry E. Walther and Matthew B. Walther. He was the father of the late Terrence M. Goodwin.

His funeral services will be private.


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9 entries.
Steven Gianlorenzo from East Providence wrote on April 2, 2021 at 8:53 am:
To Captin Goodwin's Family,He was always there to help you out.May he Rest in Peace and God Bless
Jim Reddington from North Attleboro wrote on April 1, 2021 at 3:40 pm:
Very sorry to hear of Captain Goodwin's passing. I had the pleasure of working under him directly for a brief time many years ago. However, once he took you under his wing he was always truly teaching. One of the good guys.
George Thomas from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote on March 31, 2021 at 6:54 am:
My sympathy goes out to all of Charlie's family and friends. I worked for him for 23 years and always found him to be loyal to his brother officers. If you went to him for help he would spend as much time as needed to answer and help you. It was a pleasure to work for him. I always liked his leadership and had great respect for him. Rest in peace brother.
Jim Dube from Pawtucket wrote on March 30, 2021 at 7:12 pm:
Captain Goodwin, always teaching and showing the way. A respected supervisor, eager to assist with things when his help was needed, and always a steady hand to guide the Department when needed. Rest In Peace.
Dianne Gomes from Riverside wrote on March 30, 2021 at 7:04 pm:
Sylvia and Hank, On behalf of myself and the entire graduating Class of Ephsclass1979, our sincerest and deepest condolences to you both. RIP Sir
Gary P Dias from East Providence wrote on March 30, 2021 at 1:58 pm:
RIP Cap. You were always available to provide support and guidance to everyone who needed it - your legacy will live on in EPPD.
Carl Winquist from BARRINGTON wrote on March 30, 2021 at 10:42 am:
Capt. Goodwin was an outstanding police officer. Always on the forefront of the ever changing roles that a police officer must maintain in the constant changing world.
Frederick W. George, EPPD Ret. from East Providence wrote on March 30, 2021 at 10:01 am:
So sorry to hear of Capt. Goodwin's passing. I first met him when I came on the job in April of 1983. He was such a nice guy and a great cop.
Wayne Aldrich from East providence wrote on March 30, 2021 at 7:14 am:
RIP Captain you were a cops cop and respected by so many, I always felt you had our back. Rest Easy. Semper Fi.