March 20, 2019

Earl Newton Goff Jr.


Earl Newton Goff Jr., 90, died at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, March 5, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Shirley F. (Bennett) Goff. A lifelong resident of Rehoboth, he was a son of the late Earl N. Goff Sr. and Barancia F. (Bailey) Goff.

A talented musician, Earl was a graduate of the former Salzmann School of Music in Boston.

Mr. Goff was a salesman with the Fuller Brush Co. from 1949 to present, and a Rehoboth volunteer firefighter for over 60 years. He was a lifetime member and deacon at the Rehoboth Congregational Church where he sang in the choir. He was a 50-year past master of Eastern Star Lodge, AF & AM, member of the District 16 Order of the Eastern Star, president emeritus of the Rehoboth Village Cemetery Association, president emeritus of the Goff Gathering Association, over 75-year member of the Anawan Grange, and member of the Rehoboth Business Association.

A member of the “greatest generation,” Earl proudly served in the U. S. Navy during World War II, being honorably discharged as a Seaman Second Class.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his loving children: Pamela L. Shaw of Seekonk; Earl N. Goff, III and his wife Lynn of Rehoboth; Sandra E. Strange and her husband David of Rehoboth; Alison S. Mancini and her husband Richard of Rehoboth, and Brian B. Goff and his wife Jeanne of East Providence. Cherished grandfather of Bethany, Jessica, Jennifer, Joshua, Justin, Darwin, Brian, Tara, Brandon, Dean, Jarrod, Amy, Brent, 12 great-grandchildren and one on the way. He was the brother of Vernon Goff of Warwick and the late Dorothy Goff and Richard Goff.

His funeral service will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10 a.m., in The Rehoboth Congregational Church, 139 Bay State Road, Rehoboth. Burial with military honors will follow in Rehoboth Village Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Rehoboth Congregational Church on Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a Masonic service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory to Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607, will be appreciated.

Arrangements have been entrusted to J.H. Williams & Co. Funeral Home, 210 Taunton Ave., East Providence.

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