1941 – 2013

LEWISTON — Howard H. Gooldrup Jr., 72, of Auburn, died on Friday, Oct. 11, at St. Mary’s d’Youville in Lewiston, with his family by his side.

He was born on April 26, 1941, in Windham, son of Howard H. Gooldrup Sr. and Eva (Turner) Gooldrup. He attended school in Lewiston and served in the U. S. Army in Vietnam as a truck driver.

On Nov. 26, 1966, he married the love of his life, Lucille P. Clavet, of Lewiston, at St. Mary’s church in Lewiston. He worked many years for local shipping and receiving companies before he became a long-haul truck driver traveling all over the country. He ended his truck driving career driving for Prehung Doors, a job he really enjoyed. After his retirement 10 years ago, he spent lots of time tinkering in his barn and working around the house. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, the Bruins, hunting, fishing and working in the garden with his wife.

Howard will be sorely missed by his wife of 46 years, Lucille, and their three boys, Howard Gooldrup III and his wife, Doreen, Edward Gooldrup and his wife, Christina, and Michael Gooldrup and his companion, Jesse Dube. He was also the grandfather of three amazing grandkids, Stacie, Eric and Paige Gooldrup, who knew him as “Popeye” and always brought a smile to his face. He also leaves behind his sister, Dorothy Tardif, of Colorado Springs, Colo., who was able to visit him in 2010; his sisters-in-law, Theresa and Mike Tomasino of New York, Annette Braxton of Lewiston; brother-in-law, Fred and Pauline of Connecticut, Mike Thibodeau of Lewiston; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by some very dear family and friends; his sister, Helen Goyette; his friends, Bill and Lynn Millett; and his in-laws, Maurice and Arlene Clavet and Jerry Clavet.

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