Thomas N. Goodwin (1933 - 2016)
Mr. Goodwin began his career at the former William J. Chisholm Funeral Home in 1951. He learned the funeral business while serving his apprenticeship under Russell Boyle.
After Russell purchased the Chisholm Funeral Home, and renamed it the Russell J. Boyle Funeral Home in 1955, Tom became the manager of the funeral home.
He was elected to the Rhode Island State Senate in 1968, and went on to serve five terms before he retired from the Senate in 1979. While a state senator, Tom was instrumental in establishing the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, and the Rhode Island Lottery.
His daughter Maryellen now holds her father's seat in the Senate.
He is a 1952 graduate of LaSalle Academy, Providence. He received his degree in funeral service from the New England Institute of Applied Arts & Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts and attended Providence College. He has also held a Master Plumbing and Pipefitters License in Rhode Island for several years.
He is a current or former member of over three dozen civic and fraternal organizations, including being a charter member of the "100" Club of Rhode Island, an active member of the Rhode Island Former Legislators Association and a charter member of the Capitol Hill Interaction Council. He is currently a Trustee of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Providence.
Now semi-retired, Tom, along with his wife Pat assist their daughter Maureen in the operation of "Perfect Beginnings Christian Day Care" which is based out of their home.
Tom and his wife Pat reside in North Providence. They have three children, Maryellen, Sheila, and Maureen and three grandchildren.