Born on August 3, 1937 in Poland, NY he was the son of the late Harold and Mae (Taft) Goodney.
John received his Bachelor’s Degree at SUNY Oswego. He was an Army Veteran having served from 1960-1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He proudly created the Heavy Equipment Program at the Oswego City BOCES and retired from there after 23 years of instructing.
After retirement he and his wife Sandra enjoyed wintering in Florida. Wherever John went he loved to meet people, make friends, talk, tell jokes, and share laughs. He will be remembered by many for his stories and sense of humor.
Community groups were a big part of John’s life as he loved to be involved, help others and get to know people. He was involved with the creation of the Oswego Town Fire Department and went on to serve as Commissioner for many years. He was a member of the American Legion in Winter Haven, FL, the Masonic Lodge #127, The Elks Lodge #271 and the Florida Flywheelers.
John enjoyed tinkering with and collecting all kinds of toys. Over the years he had many boats, tractors, cars, and trucks. John liked to go out and “kick tires” at antique car shows or local car lots. He was the proud owner of a 1957 Red Thunderbird that he restored and was pleased that he once transported the Stanley Cup Trophy in that car.
He loved dogs and thought of his Dachshunds as his children and took them along for his travels whenever possible.
Surviving are his loving wife, Sandra (Smith) Goodney, a brother, Donald (Mary Louise) Goodney; brothers-in-law, Robert (Carlee) Smith, and Charles Whispell. His nieces and nephews, Barry Goodney, James Goodney, Beverly Merrick, Douglas Merrick, David Merrick, Deborah (Jim) Roberts, Christy Abrams, Jennifer (Ken) Ford, Steven (Jodie) Smith, Bryan (Shenny) Smith, many great nieces and nephews and great-great nephews and his beloved dog Rosie.
He was predeceased by his sister Barbara Merrick and her husband Joseph, a sister-in-law Carol Whispell and several cherished Dachsund dogs.
Calling hours will be held noon to 3PM Sunday, November 4th, with a service to follow, at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany St. Oswego.
Donations can be made to the Oswego Town Fire Department or to Paws Across Oswego County.