Don Goodwin












01 Nov 14: I was very sad to hear the news of the passing of Don. As I remember our years at RMC, he had the corner room at the head of our hallway on the third floor of Haldiman. The other cadets in our hallway were Doug Tufts, Pete Fenton, Jerry Ross, E.J. Kearley and Bill Shearing.

Don and I were classmates in Mechanical Engineering and quite often we were lab partners in some task. In Colonel King's class we were given projects such as designing a mechanism and every time I saw Don the byword was "Design, Design". As the Third Year played out, I got to visit his room quite often and he would talk about his Navy training in Esquimalt. Apparently he became the chief of the funnel watch on the cruise to the Southern Pacific as he was prone to sea sickness, especially on a hangover.

Don also had a record collection that he quite often played and it was Don who introduced me to jazz and particularly The Dave Brubeck Trio.

Carolyn and I had a visit from Don and Sophyann while living here in Pawleys Island, SC. On this trip they visited Charleston and became very interested in the city and its history. I introduced him to the paintings of a famous Southern watercolor artist, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith (1876-1958) whose many works are housed in the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. Apparently Don was doing watercolor paintings himself. During his visit I made him a set of golf clubs which he had planned to buy commercially on the trip. Over the years, we would meet at the bar in the Officer's Mess during the 5 Year Reunions. Since I had moved to the USA, Don was always interested in what kind of engineering I was doing. After about 15 to 20 years, he thought that I was probably the only classmate that was still practicing engineering. I will close with the thought that I am very honored to have known Don; and may he rest in peace.
Paul F. Romyn 3971








Bill Campbell: 21 Oct 14: I just got off the phone with Michael Goodwn, Don’s son. Five minutes earlier I had had a call from Don Coulter telling me that Don had passed away so I was not surprised by Michael’s news of his father’s passing. Sophyann found him on the floor of their apartment Sunday morning when she got up. The paramedic figured it was a massive heart attack sometime during the night. He did not suffer.

Michael and Susie, his wife, will be coming to Ottawa from Austin TX tomorrow, Wednesday, to assist his sister Susan and his Mother in making the arrangements for a service at Beechwood, probably Wednesday or Thursday next week.                    



Michael Goodwin via Don Coulter: 23Oct14: The funeral for Don Goodwin will be held at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday October 28, 2014 at 2 PM.The service will begin with a brief (60 mins.) "meet and greet". This will be followed by an informal (non-military) graveside service.

(See directions here: Colors, Beechwood , with pm @









 Goodwin, Donald
On October 19, 2014 at home at the age of 80. Beloved husband of Sophyann (nee Smith). Loving father of Susann Buhr (Scott) and Michael (Susie). Proud grandfather of Stephen Buhr and dear brother of Peter (Lee). Don Goodwin was a passionate and authentic communicator. He never judged people and always enjoyed talking with whomever crossed his wide path. Don was a graduate of Eastview and the Royal Military College of Canada and later attended McGill and Carleton Universities. He trained as a mechanical engineer and although he once considered the Royal Canadian Navy to be his his home he left the military in the mid-'60s for Sun Oil Company (Sunoco). Corporate life was just not his "thing" and in 1967 he joined Industry, Trade and Commerce in Ottawa. In the twenty-five years that followed Don held numerous key policy and program positions in the federal government including in Environment, the Privy Council, Office of the Comptroller General, and Indian and Northern Affairs where, in 1992, he retired as Assistant Deputy Minister (Land, Revenues, and Trusts). Don was a superb downhill skier, voracious chef and gardener, artist and loving grandfather. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Gathering to be held in the Hall of Colours of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway) on Tuesday October 28, after 2 p.m. followed by a Graveside Service at 3:15 p.m.