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Edward Benedict Godwin

Oct 21, 2020

Edward Benedict Godwin passed away peacefully October 19, 2020 at his Sanibel home after a long illness. Devoted husband, father and grandfather, Ed is survived by Chris, his wife of 49 years, their two daughters Mary Ann and Amy of whom he is most proud, two fine sons-in-law Cesar Martinez and Laurent Coussa, and the heart of his heart, granddaughter Isabella.

From vacationer to snow bird to full-time resident, Ed delighted in Sanibel, its sunsets and Causeway, Big Arts programs, Island Writers Reads, Sanibel Library and most of all, the family of friends at Captain’s Walk. He was also a member of St Colombkille RC Church, Fort Myers, Fla.

A lifelong learner, Ed’s interests included politics and history, family genealogy & DNA research, here and in Ireland’s Sligo and Galway; travel, especially to Florence, Rome & the Vatican, Sicily; Spain’s treasures, the Alhambra, Barcelona & Gaudi’s Familia Sagrada; and all of Greece and England, ancient and modern.

A leader in education and the community, Ed was Professor Emeritus of English and taught for 35 years at Orange County Community College, Middletown, New York. His classes in Shakespeare, Philosophy and British Literature were always challenging and invigorating . Ed was committed to service both in his profession and community. He was the college’s Faculty Association President (5 terms) where he fought for fair labor negotiations & practices, setting precedents now held statewide. He was a lifelong member of the National Education Association, and participated in the college’s programs, especially children’s theater, “Remembering The Holocaust”, and “Finding Our Voices: Women & Creativity”.

In the community, Ed was President, Board of Education, Greater Middletown NY School District. He also served on the Ethics Committee, Middletown Psychiatric Center; and was president of Middletown’s Friends of Thrall Library. He was Lector & Eucharist Minister, St. Joseph RC Church & Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY, attended daily Mass at National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and was a member of St. Columbkille RC Church, Ft. Myers, Fla.

Born in Depew, NY in 1936, Ed grew up in Elmira, NY, where he and his brothers worked with their dad as steeplejacks and roofers. A graduate of Elmira Free Academy, he attended the Rochester NY Junior Seminary, earned a BA in English from LeMoyne College, his MA from University of Buffalo and completed post-graduate study in Shakespeare, Wroxton College, England. After service in the US Army in Stuttgart, Germany, he worked for Sperry Rand on the first computers. Later, he earned a certificate in Technical Communications for Teachers, Rennselear Polytechnic Institute.

Contributions in Ed’s memory may be made to Hope Hospice, Fort Myers, Fla. Because of Covid 19, a Mass of Resurrection will be private; burial will be at a later time in NY.