Visitation Wed am prior to 11am Mass from 9-10:30am.
Funeral Mass Wed. 11am at St. Mary's Church, Danvers. (Located Next to the Funeral Home)
Mackey FH : 22 Conant St. Danvers MA
Ralph Holmes “Chip” Goodno, 64, of Conestoga, Pennsylvania passed away on June 13, 2014
in Haverhill, Massachusetts with his loving family by his side. He had been valiantly fighting leukemia
for almost two years. He was the beloved husband of Judith A. Goodno, his wife of 43 years. Born on
December 15, 1949 in Salem, MA, Ralph was the son of Pauline E. Rogers and the late well-known
conservationist Ralph H. Goodno.
Ralph was raised in the woods of Andover, MA where he discovered his love of the outdoors.
In his youth, he was active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, where he achieved a Star ranking and
became a member of the Order of the Arrow. Since he enjoyed working outside, his early jobs included
working on a mink farm, a landscape crew, and golf course greens keeping. He graduated from Austin
Preparatory School in Reading, MA.
In 1971, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA with a degree in
Environmental Design. He continued his schooling at Syracuse University, NY and the State University of
New York with a degree in Landscape Architecture. One favorite memory of his college years was when
he and his wife experienced living on a horse ranch in Mexico as part of a foreign semester program.
Several years later, he completed required coursework for a Master of Business Administration from the
University of New Haven, CT.
After his schooling, Ralph began his career at Allen Hixon Associates, a small design firm in
Connecticut. As a licensed landscape architect, Ralph was involved in housing development design,
new school site plans, and urban projects. After 5 years in professional design work, Ralph made the
successful career transition to professional land and river protection and improvement. He decided he
wanted to help protect and save natural lands, rather than help to develop them. Ralph proceeded to
lead nonprofit conservation organizations in New England and later in Pennsylvania. He was Executive
Director of the Housatonic Valley Association in CT and MA; President and CEO at the Merrimack River
Watershed Council in NH and MA; and most recently, President and CEO with the Lancaster County
Conservancy in PA.
Ralph was a lifelong land and water conservationist. His intention was to continue protecting
land and streams in Lancaster County until he retired. Then he wanted to begin a volunteer career
helping a variety of organizations. He was a leader in helping the Lancaster County Community
Foundation create the successful Nonprofit Resource Network, which helps all nonprofits.
Ralph served on many boards of community organizations. These included the Nonprofit
Resource Network, PA Land Trust Association, Appalachian Trail Conference, New England Rivers Center
and Massachusetts Watershed Association. He was a member of the Lancaster Rotary Club.
He received several awards including having a designated Ralph Goodno Day named by
the Governor of Massachusetts, Green Seal Award by the Secretary of the MA Executive Office of
Environmental Affairs, and Charles Downing Lay Award by the Housatonic Valley Association.
Most recently, Ralph received a letter from the Lancaster County Conservancy to honor his
“leadership and spirit” and “dedication and commitment” to “preserve natural land in Lancaster
County.” On June 7, 2014 at the Conservancy’s annual picnic, they announced the naming of a scenic
trail at Turkey Hill Nature Preserve as the “Ralph H. Goodno Trail” and the naming of the “Ralph H.
Goodno Susquehanna Riverlands Endowment Fund.”
Ralph was a member of the Goldwing Road Riders Association. He loved riding his red Honda
Goldwing motorcycle on short trips and long distance trips touring the United States. He visited many
national parks. As members of the local GWRRA Chapter B, he and his wife were Chapter Educators and
Couple of the Year.
Ralph enjoyed travelling, camping, hiking, canoeing, bicycling, downhill and cross country skiing,
motorcycle riding and other outdoor activities. He especially loved spending time with his two new
grandchildren, Josie, 16 months and Oliver, 10 months. He was always enthusiastic about trying new
things and had a real passion for life. He was always looking for the next adventure. Ralph will be greatly
missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Goodno of Conestoga; two daughters, Karen Goodno-McGuire,
married to Michael McGuire of Salem, Ma and Sarah Brackett, married to Edward Brackett of Pelham,
NH; two grandchildren, Josephine McGuire and Oliver Brackett; his mother Pauline Rogers of Peabody,
MA; three sisters, Marcia Sarazen of Tampa, FL; Patricia Ford of Amesbury, MA; and Joanne Hooper of
Lawrence, MA; one brother J. Wesley Goodno of Pawtucket, RI; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be from 9:00-10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, June 18 at Mackey Funeral Home, 22
Conant Street, Danvers, MA. Funeral mass will be at 11 A.M. at St. Mary’s Church, Danvers.
There will also be funeral services in Lancaster, PA on Saturday, June 21 at Groffs Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Ralph H. Goodno to the Lancaster
County Conservancy, P.O. Box 716, Lancaster, PA 17608.
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