Robert Sherman Goodman

December 12, 1933 – January 27, 2022

Robert S. Goodman of Boca Raton, Florida, passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on January 27, 2022. He was born in New Haven, CT on December 12, 1933 and was the youngest child of Samuel and Leah Levene Goodman.

Bob was a graduate of Hillhouse High School and the University of Connecticut, home of his beloved Huskies. While at UConn, he spent summers working at the Grand Lake Lodge in Lebanon, CT where he met and fell in love with the love of his life, Sue Yaffe. Immediately after their marriage in 1957 Bob was drafted by the U.S. Army and spent nearly 2 years in Korea proudly serving his country.

Upon his return, Bob began his career with Porce-Len where he was President for 52 years as a finisher of aluminum architectural metals and non-stick bakeware. In the 1980’s he acquired Technal Aluminum Fencing from a French manufacturer, which became SPECRAIL, a successfully expanding and growing industry leader.

Bob was engaged in the local community in a deeply meaningful way, leading efforts for the betterment of children and adults alike. He served as President of Probus Club, Oak Lane Country Club, Congregation B’nai Jacob, Camp Laurelwood, the new Haven Jewish Cemetery Association and most recently President of the neighborhood association in his community at Boca West Country Club.

Among his numerous accolades, Bob received the B’nai Jacob Shem Tov Award and was proudly inducted into the University of Connecticut Athletic Club Hall of fame.

His deep passion for golf was only surpassed by his commitment to running and walking – he completed 14 marathons including the iconic New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, the Marine Core Marathon and the Tiberias Marathon, has scored dozens of hole in ones and logged over 80,000 miles on foot over the course of 45 years.

At his core, Bob was a family man and had an unwavering love, commitment and pride for his wife, Sue, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bob is survived by his daughters Donna Goodman and Tammy (Robert) Greenberg, his son Scott Goodman, four grandchildren Stacey (Robert) Perrotti Lindsey (Joe) Cardella, Elliot Goodman Lee, and Michael Greenberg, three great-grandchildren (Emma Goodman Lee, Sophia and Daxton Perrotti), many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Sue Goodman and by his brother and sister Norman (Penny) Goodman and Rhoda (Harold) Himmel.

A funeral service will be held at Congregation B’nai Jacob Synagogue, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, CT on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm. The interment will be in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven.

The family wishes to extend its sincerest thanks to Bob’s doctors and caregivers in Boca Raton, most especially Dr. David Slotnick who treated him as if he was his own father.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice.

The funeral service will be live-streamed on Tuesday at 1:30pm on bnaijacob.org.

Print This Obituary Print This Obituary


  1. Steven Germaine said,

    01.29.22 at 12:31 pm

    We are all heartbroken about Bob’s passing. Growing up right next door, the Goodmans were like extended family to us headed by Bob and Sue who were our second parents. They were thoughtful, loving and gracious people who embraced us. So many good times were had on Brierwood Drive and elsewhere! Their memory will always be with us. Love,

  2. Steven Germaine said,

    01.29.22 at 12:36 pm

    Love and sincerest condolences to Donna, Tammy, Scott and the rest of the Goodman family. Bob was something very special and will be sorely missed by all.

    Steven, Mark and Joanne Germaine

  3. Steve Floman said,

    01.30.22 at 9:30 am

    I loved the guy and will miss him deeply. In the beginning all we had in common was running but that quickly changed. We shared many interests, became friends, and even confidantes as runners often do. His loyalty to family and friends was iconic. His commitment to doing the right thing was unwavering. His humor was quick, witty, and often belly laughing in nature.
    Rest in peace with your beloved Sue, my dear friend. Steve Floman

  4. Gregg Atterberry said,

    01.30.22 at 2:13 pm

    What a role model and great friend Bob was to me. The UCONN Club has never been the same without his presence. Blessing to your family.
    Miss you guy


  5. Arlene & Sandy Levine said,

    01.31.22 at 12:09 pm

    So very sorry for your family’s loss..8 remember Bob’s passion for running, He and Danny are likely running circles around everyone in Heaven!

  6. Lenny Myers said,

    01.31.22 at 1:00 pm

    It’s not easy to lose a dear friend of seventy years, lots of great memories. Bob IS the definition of the word MENSCH. Lenny

  7. Howard Lurie said,

    01.31.22 at 2:11 pm

    My sincerest sympathy to the Goodman family!
    Your Dad was a Gentleman.

  8. MARVIN COHEN said,

    01.31.22 at 3:49 pm

    I first met Bob in junior high school and we both graduated from Hillhouse High school in New Haven. It was always a pleasure to meet and talk with him. A real mench.

  9. Wiiliam DeGrazia said,

    02.01.22 at 1:34 pm

    Bob was a great friend and mentor for me over the years. I enjoyed our travels to Husky hoop event near and far. He and Sue always made my wife and I welcome with their love for the UConn Athletic community. To Donna, Tammy, Scott, and the rest of the Goodman family our deepest condolences.


    Bill and MaryAnne DeGrazia

  10. Al & Nancy Kelland said,

    02.01.22 at 3:00 pm

    Nancy & I have many wonderful memories of time spent with both Bob and Sue at so many UCONN events. To Donna, Tammy, Scott, and all of the Goodman family please accept our sincere condolences.

    Al & Nancy Kelland

  11. Tedra Schneider said,

    02.03.22 at 1:41 pm

    I remember the warm hospitality that Sue and Bob would extend to my family when we moved to CT. He lent us his ski house for a weekend and whenever I would run into him , he always asked about my mother, Dorothy, and family news. Although he was a 2nd or 3rd cousin to me, he treated my family with genuine concern and warmth.
    I would like to extend my condolences to Donna, Tammy, Scott and the entire Goodman family. May his memory be for a blessing !