On October 22, 2021, Gary Goodrich, age 53, of Athol, Massachusetts
held hands with his beloved wife as he peacefully passed away due to
complications of COVID. Gary was surrounded by his family and his
Chocolate Lab, Harley.
Gary was born to the late Nancy (Smith) Rajotte and Frank Goodrich,
both of Massachusetts, on December 13, 1967, in Haverhill,
Massachusetts. He graduated from Haverhill High School in 1985.
Gary enjoyed many hobbies such as dirt biking, skiing, darts, pool,
Nascar, football, motorcycling, roller-skating, gardening and
landscaping his home, deep sea fishing, small engine repair, camping
and hosting cookouts with family and friends.
Gary had an incredible gift for understanding and repairing everything
and anything. He was the go-to guy you called if your appliance
stopped working or if you needed to repair any small engine. He would
often help friends and family with everything out of the kindness of his
heart. He was a master mechanic and owned Stratovan Tire, Seabrook,
NH during the 90’s. After closing his business, he mastered carpentry
which he built, remodeled and gutted homes around the New England
area. Gary enjoyed working with his brother, Carl Jr., at the Palace
Theatre in Manchester, NH as a set designer where he built sets for theatrical performances. Gary was a Shop and
Maintenance Manager at Sterling National Country Club, MA. He enjoyed driving around the Golf Course every morning
to appreciate and photograph the wildlife. He took much pride in his career and looked forward to going to work every
day. He enjoyed landscaping, maintaining the course and working on small engine and heavy machinery.
Gary leaves behind his wife, Lauren Goodrich and children, Austin, Warren, Keira and Ashlyn and her fiancé Benjamin
Marcoux, two dogs, Harley and Marley and cat Mittens. His Chocolate Lab, Harley, was his best friend and they were
inseparable. Gary also leaves his brother, Michael Goodrich and wife Terri-Lynn of Florida, sister Theresa Caruso and
husband Paul of New Hampshire, brother Carl Rajotte Jr of New Hampshire, sister Michelle Wittrien and husband
Michael of Maryland, brother Norman Sanscartier and wife Charlene of New Hampshire, sister’s-in-law Tammy Merritt
of Massachusetts and Lynnette Voss Hilton of New Hampshire, step-father Carl Rajotte Sr of New Hampshire, beloved
mother and father-in-law, Neil and Eleanor Chapman of New Hampshire, foster brother, sisters, cousins, nieces,
nephews and extended family and friends. Gary is pre-deceased by his daughter Tiffany Goodrich Nieves of New
Hampshire and his brother Richard Merritt and nephew Stephen Merritt of Massachusetts.
A Celebration of Life will be held December 10, 2021 at the American Legion Post 4, 1314 Main Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts from 6pm to
11pm. The family welcomes everyone to join with thoughts, prayers and memories of Gary.