“All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be.” — Pink Floyd
David Goodwick, husband, father, brother, son, musician, fisherman, animal-lover, and friend to many, passed away on August 30, 2022. David had a tender spirit with a seemingly endless capacity to care about the world he lived in and the people and animals he shared it with. He was soft-spoken, and yet his presence brought with it an energy that involved everyone in the room.
Born in Beloit, Wisconsin, to parents Jim and Helen Goodwick, he grew up with his sister Laurie in a home filled with music. His mother taught music lessons, and with her as a teacher, he became an all-state trumpet player. Much of his time growing up was spent with his father fishing in Wisconsin lakes or playing short-stop in little league baseball.
David attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to study political science and journalism and was the creator and chief editor of the college magazine The Alternative. In 1979, he moved to Connecticut to work for General Electric, where he met his wife of 41 years, Christie. They moved to Newtown, Conn., where they would live for 30 years and raise three children: Lindsey, Jesse, and Jamie.
In 1982, he founded Goodwick Associates, Inc, a business-to-business marketing company which would later become Leverage Marketing. An accomplished marketing executive, David won dozens of awards and recognition in his field.
David’s love of music carried on throughout his life. Every home he ever lived in had an in-home studio and every weekend he would jam with his friends and record albums for himself and others. In 2013, he even toured Europe with Procol Harum, playing bass guitar. His children inherited his profound love of music and play on in his memory.
In 2008, David retired, and he and Christie moved to Aiken, S.C., where he would spend his final years playing in local bands, fishing from his boat, and rescuing animals in need. He was a true friend of animals and had a home of rescued dogs and cats that he loved dearly. Animals brought David incredible joy and his heart was full when he had them near.
David was an incredibly selfless and generous person who took pride in helping others succeed, whether it was coaching little league softball or serving as a mentor and friend to colleagues and family. He was an instant friend to all who met him. He loved spending time with friends and often would attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Green Bay Packers games with his sons.
David leaves behind his wife, three children, five grandchildren, sister, his five dogs, five cats, and two mini horses. We like to think of him now alongside his favorite pets who preceded him in death: Bentley, Lexus, Patton, Girlfriend, Schnitzel, Governor, Amy, Bela, Shakespeare, Poopy Pants, and many more.
In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory can be made to the Friends of the Aiken Shelter fotasaiken.org/donate.
A Celebration of Life is being planned and details will be shared at a later date.