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MERRITT ISLAND, FL - Gerald Bradley Goodchild. Beloved husband, father and grandfather. Jerry was born and raised in Derry, N.H. Preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Ruth Goodchild, and his wife of 61 years, Alicia MacGregor Goodchild, Jerry is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Lesley and Raymond, Patricia and Francisco; his daughter, Susan; his son and daughter-in-law, Bradley and Quinn; four granddaughters, Elise, Kimberly, Abigail, and Georgia; two grandsons, Colin and MacGregor and his brother, Alan.
Jerry graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH. in 1952, earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 1956 and his Master's degree in Economics from the University of Alabama in 1964. While attending UNH, Jerry was enrolled in ROTC and upon graduation became a career U.S. Army officer assigned to the Signal Corps. Jerry served his country for 32 years until he retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Among his many Army assignments, Jerry did 2 tours in Vietnam, created the first computerized nationwide enlistment program while stationed at the Pentagon, taught economics at the United States Military Academy, and was the head of the ROTC department at the Florida Institute of Technology. After retiring in 1980, Jerry embarked on a new career as a successful wealth manager for A.G. Edwards, and then UBS in Melbourne, Florida. Jerry loved to play golf and travel the world with his wife, Alicia. Two of their favorite memories were riding the camels at the Great Wall of China and climbing the Great Pyramids. Jerry was also an accomplished private pilot.
Jerry's memorial service will be held on Monday, January 22, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic, Fla. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. at the church before the memorial service. A lunch reception will follow the memorial service in the church Community Room. Please join us in celebration of Jerry's life.
Jerry will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery later this year with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jerry's name to the USO (United Service Organizations) PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077-7677. Rest in peace, our brilliant, dashing, fun and loving Jerry. You will always be remembered by your family, friends, and community.
Condolences may be expressed at beachfuneralhome.com..
Published on January 24, 2018
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