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Raymond S GoodenDecember 6, 1944 ~ November 24, 2017 (age 72)
Raymond S. Gooden, 72, of Twin Mountain passed away Friday, November 24 at Weeks Medical Center surrounded by his loved ones. He was born December 6, 1944 to Larry and Charlotte (Harriman) Gooden. He attended school in Twin Mountain and Whitefield. He started out working in the woods with his father and later became one of the best sheet metal workers in the area starting his own business, Ray's Sheet Metal Shop, in Whitefield from which he retired.
He married his high school sweetheart, Rita, and together they had 4 sons. They lived in Whitefield for many years raising their children and later he and Rita built a home in Twin Mountain just down the street from where Raymond had lived as a boy.
After his retirement, Ray loved to build furniture, bird houses, and wooden toys for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. You could always find him puttering in his shop or teaching one of his grandchildren how to build or fix something. He loved his family and enjoyed family gatherings, playing cards or just visiting. He was a member of Gates of Heaven Parish attending services at All Saints Church in Lancaster & St. Matthew Church in Whitefield.
Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Rita (Bourassa) Gooden. His sons, Arthur, Donald, his wife Betty (Lea) Gooden, Dennis, Arnold and his wife Melissa all of Whitefield. 10 grandchildren, their spouses, and 4 great grandchildren. His brother Louis Gooden and his wife Mary, his sister, Barbara (Gooden) Grimard and her husband Raymond, his brother Richard Gooden, his sister-in-law, Jane Bourassa and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Larry & Charlotte, brothers, Larry, Bradley, & Robert.
Visiting Hours will be Friday December 1, 2017 from 6-8PM at Ross Funeral Home, Whitefield Chapel, 69 Lancaster Rd. Whitefield, NH. Fr. Matthew Mason will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday December 2, 2017 at 1:30PM at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 9 Jefferson Rd, Whitefield, NH.