SOUTH PORTLAND – Gary Goddard passed away at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough on the early morning of September 21, 2021. His death follows a long battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Gary was born in Laconia, New Hampshire on October 20, 1956, where he resided until his late teens, when he emigrated to Portland. He often spoke of his childhood, during which he was particularly close to his grandmother. She played a central role in his education.
He was employed by the City of Portland in entry level positions until his basic design skills found their way into the printing press. Gary became the manager of the town’s printing house, where he created brochures, reports, mass mailings and everything else the municipal government departments needed. He led this entity until his retirement.
He bought his home in Ferry Village, South Portland, where he resided until his death. His home was one of his most cherished possessions, and he rebuilt it and the surrounding structures over the years that followed, as he was able to perform any task he had to. intention to do. It is in the land surrounding this house that its famous gardens took root.
The gardens attracted observers from all over, both inside and outside the state, who had learned about their beauty. He lovingly cultivated both common and unusual flowers, trees and shrubs. He shared his methods and knowledge with his neighbors and friends, many of whom admitted their own gardens had evolved from his knowledge, as well as cuttings from his mature plants.
His yard included a Japanese tea house, which he designed and built, as well as a small pond. The gardens were highlighted by rocks, large and small, which he had placed in strategic locations, illustrating his innate talent for design and decoration. This talent can also be seen in his love for photography and the results of his work in this field.
Gary had a very special love for animals and throughout his adult life he raised his pet dogs and cats. He usually shared his house with friends of every variety and one dog never seemed enough. He usually liked a pair at a time.
Gary has practiced Tai Chi for years and made many friends while practicing the art. Friends were also made through his interest in Wicca and his love of music. He liked the music of the 80s and especially the Disco. Gary has brought joy to many people with his dancing skills. He was completely relaxed in this mode and seemed so carefree and taken by the music, that others were enveloped in his happiness.
Gary was loved by almost everyone who met him. He enthusiastically shared his skills and helped his neighbors maintain their homes, upset his friends with his dry humor and quick wit.
Gary is survived by his brother, Mark Goddard and his family; and her sister, Deborah Nielson and her family; and his best friends and guardians Mark Rogers, Terry Durrell and Koko Keller. Her other close friends and neighbors are Amy Sinclair, Janet Nutter and Rylee Sinclair.
He is predeceased by his father, Raymond, his mother, Edith, his step-mother, Marge; and his longtime companion, John Lynam.
Special thanks to Avita of Stroudwater, Maine Medical Center and Gosnell Hospice House for the loving and respectful care he has received over the past six months.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be scheduled for later this fall and noted on social media and the Hobbs Funeral Home website. Online condolences can be expressed at http://www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
Instead of flowers,
donations can be made in Gary’s name at
Gosnell Palliative Care Home.