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Hank Goodridge

August 7, 1935 - November 19, 2018


William ‘Hank’ Goodridge (1935-2018) passed away on November 19 in the Evergreen Extended Care facility. Born in Neepawa Manitoba, Hank was the youngest of five children. He soon learned that the Depression-era prairies afforded little in the way of opportunity; leveraging his hockey ability, he played his way out of poverty. Playing his junior hockey in Brandon, Flin-Flon, and Melville, he attended training camp with the Detroit Red Wings twice, before settling permanently in Powell River to play for the Luckies, and work for MacMillan Bloedel. In 1958, Hank married Mona Cross and the pattern was set for decades to come. 

If one can truly love a town, my dad sincerely loved Powell River. From playing to his many years of coaching hockey, Dad loved the intangibles of the community; the opportunities it afforded him, and, more importantly, the many opportunities he could provide for his only son – opportunities that he never had. The aesthetics of the coast moved him deeply, and his fondest days were those spent in a small gold boat plying the waters between Grief Point and Grants Reef for salmon; more often than not, leaving at dawn and making our way home in the dark. Those days were not so much about fish as they were about the time between a boy and his dad. Throughout the years, I never doubted his love; every time I left home to roam the world, I did so ensconced in his parting words, “Never forget, this is your home – I’m a phone call away.” 

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of my dad’s former players, teammates & coworkers who dropped by Extended Care to visit, and reminisce; he enjoyed it immensely. Hank is survived by his wife, Mona; his son, Shane (Candice); and grandchildren, Finn and Ava. 

At my dad’s request, there will be no service.


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From: Anne Parker and family
Relation: acquaintance

Hello Mona & family. So sorry to hear of Hank’s passing. My fondest memory of both of you is babysitting your collie dog many, many years ago. May Hank rest in peace and you find some comfort in the good memories that you shared.

From: Donelda Agnes Massullo
Relation: Long time friend!

Our deepest condolences Mona & Shane! RIP Hank!

From: Maureen MacLennan
Relation: Family friend from many years ago.

To the Goodridge family; Shane and Mona, extending condolences to you both. Lots of memories of your family in the neighborhood, remembering ‘Aunty Hank’ always.

From: Bob McCallum
Relation: Family Friend

Dear Mona and Shane,

It was with great sadness I learned about Hank’s passing. Without a doubt, my most memorable hockey experience was the year I spent when Hank coached the Juvenile hockey team. I am sure that is the case for many of my fellow team mates. Hank treated us like young adults and gained our outmost respect, both on and off the ice. I think my favorite memory was during a game in Port Alberni. After a dismal effort, we were down after two periods. Hank came into the dressing room (I think wearing his white leather jacket) and with his cup of coffee. He did not say a word but circled the room several times and then left. We certainly understood his unspoken message. We went out and won the game in the third period. Bev and I got to know Hank and Mona well during his playing days with Dad. Hank will always have a special place in my heart. My thoughts are with you.

The McCallum Family
Andy, Ang, Bob, and Bev

From: Micheal Plante
Relation: Friend

Mona and Shane. Sorry to hear about the passing of Hank. He was a really great person. Always made me feel welcome when I was at your house. Made me laugh a lot. His analogy of mr mikes was spit on. Gassy jacks. Again I’m sorry for your loss.

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