Ralph H. Goodno

Died: 2014-06-13
Resided in: PA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2014-06-18 9-10:30am
Service type: Funeral Mass
Service date: 2014-06-18 11 am
Service location: St Mary's Church, Danvers MA
Burial type:
Burial date:

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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Online Expressions of Sympathy Below:

I worked closely with Ralph for several years at the MRWC both as a Board member and employee. He was one of the most effective and respected people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. Curt Laffin, Hudson, NH
Ralph was a good man, and a good friend: A foward-thinking leader, thoughtful risk-taker, and a mentor to many. He has left a deep and lasting legacy here in Lancaster County. Ralph will most certainly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ralph's family at this most challenging time. Sam Bressi, Lancaster County Community Foundation, Lancaster, PA
Ralph was close to a perfect person. He was always compassionate and intelligent. He knew how to get things done and was willing to work to make them happen. He surrounded himself with the best people and got the best from them. I doubt there is anyone who worked with Ralph who doesn't admire him. Losing him from MRWC was a loss for all in this area; losing him now is a loss for all. George May, Merrimack, NH
I had the opportunity to work with Ralph in his tenure with HVA and other New England conservation venues. His record is outstanding and a tribute to his family. John Hibbard, Hebron CT
Although I never had the pleasure of meeting "Chip", I can now see where the family, especially Karen, got their solid roots. The slideshow tribute was a wonderful visual and brought a tear to my eye. A wonderful spirit gone too soon. "Only the good die young." Alice Bianchi, SSU

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