Marshall E. Goodell

BENNINGTON - Marshall “Marty” Ellis Goodell, 73, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 10, under the adept and devoted care of the staff at Vermont Veterans Home, thus ending his 11-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Born March 28, 1949, in Gardner, MA, Marty was the son of Marshall Terrance Goodell and Helen Mildred Ellis. He grew up in Athol, MA, where he attended local schools, played ball with other local neighborhood children, and enjoyed episodes of “Howdy Doody,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” and “Gunsmoke.”
Marty began his military career in 1969. In the Army, he spent time overseas in Germany. Upon his return, he accepted employment at Mount Snow as a lift operator, eventually becoming a welder. Later he ventured out as a private contractor-welder and took jobs in California, Colorado, Michigan, and the Dominican Republic. In more recent years he enjoyed making deliveries for FedEx as a custom critical driver.
Marty volunteered for the Wilmington Fire Department for 33 years, where he formed many close friendships and stories of comedic proportion.
Marty enjoyed hiking, skiing, the ocean, road trips, good books, and peanut butter cookies. Some of the happiest memories of his life were formed on the shores of Rye Beach; his time with the fire department; and in the company of his devoted family, of which he was immensely proud and vigilant.
An exemplary son, brother, husband and father, Marty is survived by his devoted wife Catherine Esther Goodell (Boyd); his daughter Jennifer Dawn Goodell; son Craig Michael Goodell; and sister Mary Jane Spencer (Goodell) and her husband, Maurice Spencer. He also leaves four grandchildren, Brialyn Renee, Ethan Michael, Keiron Christopher, and Ellyanna Lea, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving parents Marshall Terrance and Helen Mildred Goodell, and his sister Marjorie Goodell.
Services with military honors will be held at the Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, 44 East Main Street, Wilmington, on Saturday, January 28, at 1 pm; a memorial reception will follow the service at the Wilmington Firehouse.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wilmington Fire Department or the Vermont Veterans Home c/o Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send personal condolences visit


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