From Friends of Sutro Park / Coalition to Save Ocean Beach
Dear Friends & Members, I just spoke with Richard Goodwin and It is with great sadness that we share the passing of a dear friend and formerly very active member of our group, Vivian Goodwin. Vivian was a lovely jewel of woman in so many ways. Besides her amazing family that is described below, she could be counted on to be our voice at countless meetings over the years, frequently held at the most inappropriate times. She would sift through the fine print and announcements in the newspapers and alert us to issues needing attention. Vivian was always a delight to see at meetings with Jack. They loved going to Camp Mather and shared tales with me of enjoyable times there, and growing up here in the Outer Richmond District in that most amazing 1878 Coast Guard barracks & dining hall that her father saved from demolition. In 1917, he had it moved from LaPlaya at Fulton to a couple of lots that he purchased at 47th and Cabrillo --- for the grand sum of $200. Vivian will surely be missed by those that knew her. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Jack, and the entire family.
Memorial Service FRIDAY OCT. 9th HOLY NAME CHURCH on 39th Ave at Lawton. Family Visitation 12:30 and Mass at 1:00 pm. Reception following. More Details below.
Born on April 27, 1917 in San Francisco to the late Carvel and Johanna Torlakson, Vivian passed away at age 92 on September 25, 2009 after a stroke. She was surrounded by her children and her devoted husband of 63 years, John (Jack) H. Goodwin. Vivian is survived by her husband and loving children Richard (Jonathan and Karma Goodwin, Kathleen and Geoff Liggett), Donald, Joann Turner (Bill Delton and Mark), Patricia Goodwin and Roger Meidinger (Heather Meidinger and Kai Guiland, Jasmine Meidinger) and Jacquelyn and John Moyes (Andrew and Allison). Vivian is survived by great-grandchildren Rachel Marie, Rachel, Albert, Jordan, Anastazia, Lela, Angelia and Zavier, with another one expected in early 2010.
Vivian was proud of her paternal Icelandic heritage and maintained strong ties with the family abroad. She has many surviving relatives here and in Iceland. Her maternal grandparents came from Ireland. She was predeceased by her beloved brother Allenby Torlakson and cousin Ruth Delaney.
Vivian was a lifelong resident of San Francisco and graduate of Lowell High (1933) and S.F. State College (B.A. Education). She enjoyed growing up in the Outer Richmond with Playland at the Beach nearby. Her family lived in a historic house from the Golden Gate Life Saving Station where her father served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Vivian enjoyed a 42 year career with the S.F. Public Library where she rose to the position of Chief Librarian before retiring in 1977.
Vivian later built an apartment building and became involved in city planning activities and local politics. She volunteered in the Kaiser Patient Library for 20 years. She stayed in touch with Lowell alumni and library friends but her primary joy was spending time with family. Vivian sup-ported many charitable causes including Friends of the S.F. Public Library, local museums, KQED and the S.F. Ballet.
Vivian will be deeply missed but will live on in our hearts forever and her life will be an inspiration. The family thanks Coventry Park staff for their care this past year. Donations in her memory may be made to your favorite charity.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 9th beginning with family visitation at 12:30 pm and Mass at 1:00 pm at Holy Name Church on 39th Ave. at Lawton St., S.F., followed by a reception there.
McAvoy O'Hara Company
Friends of Sutro Park/ Coalition to Save Ocean Beach
546 48th Avenue
San Francisco CA 94121