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Phillip “Phil” Goodwin, Sr.
Philip “Phil” C. Goodwin Sr. of Smithfield, VA, formerly of Harlan, KY, died on June 28, 2022, at Riverside Specialty Hospital. He was born in Harlan, KY on July 30, 1950, to Edward and Wilma Goodwin. He grew up in Hampton, VA, and graduated from Bethel High School in 1970.
Phil served as a volunteer firefighter at Northampton Volunteer Fire Department during and after high school. After high school, he was hired onto the Newport News Fire Department where he served for 30 years as a firefighter/paramedic culminating in his career as a Master Firefighter. Phil spent time during and after his career volunteering with the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, where he was a Life Member. He also served as a Magistrate for the State of Virginia before retiring a second time.
Phil was a dedicated member of the Elks Lodge #366, served as a Past Exalted Ruler and was named the Elk of the Year in 2021. He was also a member of the Smithfield Masonic Lodge #18. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Cheryl Romanus (Goodwin). He is survived by his wife Betty Jean Goodwin (Saddler); two children, Maria and Craig Goodwin (Jennifer); two stepsons, Joseph and Randy Sullivan; and three grandchildren, Savery, Makenzie, and Addison.
A memorial service, with full firefighter honors, will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 6:00 p.m., and interment at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, Suffolk on Friday, July 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations may be made in Phil’s honor to National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 (https://www.firehero.org/
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.