Thomas Bohner Goddard



Thomas Bohner Goddard, 85,passed away Wednesday June 28, 2017 at Stafford Hospital, Stafford, Virginia. He was a decorated Navy Captain in his first career and committed to those suffering with addiction in his second calling as a professional counselor. Tom was a craftsman, a lover of trees and oceans, a teller of jokes, a father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is now sailing with our Lord Jesus.

Tom was born on January 9, 1932 in Utica, New York. He was the son of the late George and Ruth Bohner Goddard. He was a1949 graduate of New Hartford High School. Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1953. Tom also received a Master of Science degree in Business Administration with concentration in Computer Science Management from George Washington University and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University.

In 1954, Tom enlisted in the United States Navy and served at the Naval Communications Station in Morocco and Italy, Naval Schools Command Treasure Island, San Francisco as Operations Officer at the Naval Communications Station, San Miguel Philippines and with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

Tom served aboard guided missile cruiser USS Boston, the landing ship USS Shadwell, the attack transport USS Chilton and was Commanding Officer of USS Terrell County, home-ported in Japan; and the USS Observation Island, a Polaris missile launching ship in Pearl Harbor, HI. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat decorations on the recommendation of the Commander of the Seventh Fleet, Navy Commendation Medal with 1 star, Navy Unit Commendation with 1 star, Meritorious Unit Commendation with 2 star, Vietnamese Navy Distinguished Service Medal “Second Class”, National Defense with 1 star, Navy Expert Pistol, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 5 stars, Vietnam Service Metal, Navy Marksmanship Ribbon (Expert), Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross) and the Armed Forces Reserve Metal.

After his retirement from the Navy, Tom taught for 18 years at Northern Virginia Community College. During these years a close relationship with his students was a priority. He effectively helped them with challenging issues by teaching them to “figure it out” on their own with his few, but skillfully crafted words. Students still write to him. Tom’s love for his family was expressed through gifting them with beautiful hand-crafted wooden treasures, and especially through his grandchildren “apprentice” times in his woodshop. Not only in teaching carpentry, but by sharing valuable insights and wisdom gained through his own life’s experiences, as a caring counselor would. His sincere love for his wife and family over the years was expressed through his listening ear and constant desire to be involved in their lives.

Tom’s visits to his hometown were very special to him. He loved to play golf, fish and hunt and spend time in the Adirondacks where he found tranquility and a closeness to nature. He was a skilled craftsman creating a wide range of woodworks from a simple jewelry box to a complex puzzle. Tom always stamped his works “Hand crafted by Tom Goddard -- Shalom”. We say, “Shalom Tom”

Survivors include his loving wife of 28 years, Joan H. Goddard; her seven children: Chris Clement (Laura); Cathy Stuart (Paul); Corrine Daniele (Rick); Craig Clement (Rachel); Celeste Weinstein (Bruce); Caresse Clement; and Camille Racer (Jim); and their twenty-four grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his first wife, Patricia Flanagan Goddard of Annandale; and their children, Thomas (Charlie) of Afton, Va,; Bret of Manassas Park, Carolyn McWilliams (Jim) Downingtown, PA, Lisa Desjardins (Jason) Alexandria; grandchildren Kelsey McWilliams of Arlington, Michelle and Shannon McWilliams of Downington, PA, June DeMott of Gainesville, Maximo Desjardins of Alexandria; great-grandchildren Parker and Cailyn DeMott; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Mary Angela; daughter-in-law Ann Goddard; his sister and brother-in-law Dan and Mary Ruth Goddard Callan.

A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 10 at Covenant Funeral Service 1310 Courthouse Rd., Stafford, Va. 22554. Interment will follow at 11 a.m. at Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to “Wounded Warriors Project” PO Box 758517 Toepka, KS 66675 in memory of Thomas Goddard.