James Delaronde Goddard, 91, of Methuen and formerly of Scituate and Sandwich, passed away on February 10, 2021. He was born May 22, 1929 in Lowell, Massachusetts to Clarence and Ruth (Delaronde) Goddard, grew up in Scituate, and received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross. After college he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He married the love of his life, Annette Milliken, whom he had known since junior high and with whom he had seven children. He was the owner of Goddard’s 5&10 in Scituate Harbor until his retirement in 1994.
As a father, business owner, and community member, Jim was a model of integrity, hard work, and faith. He was devoted to his family and gave back to the town he loved – as a member of the Planning Board, Chamber of Commerce, and the Knights of Columbus; as a METCO parent; and helping Annette with CCD classes and Cub Scout troops. Jim and Annette were partners in so many ways –as wonderful parents, also professionally (Annette helped run the business for years) and as devout Catholics, dance partners, avid sports fans, card players, travelers and true companions. He was a sweet, shy man of intelligence and compassion.
Jim was predeceased by Annette and is survived by their children Deborah of Dorchester; Elizabeth (Marny Ashburne) of New Salem; Susan Dooley (Bob) of Seaside, CA; Anne (Shawn Sullivan) of Haverhill; John (Lauren) of Methuen; James of Methuen; and Michael (Barbara) of Mendon. He was Grampa/Bumpa to his loving and beloved grandchildren: Christopher and Sarah Dooley; James and Lydia Sullivan; Riane and John Goddard; and Hannah, Alison, and Michelle Goddard; he also leaves his siblings June, Verdella, Patricia, and Charles, many nieces and nephews, and their spouses.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, funeral and burial will be private; a public memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Alzheimer’s Association, both of which Jim supported.