Ronald Goodman

Birth Date: 
Oct 15, 1934
Date of death: 
Jul 28, 2021

Resident of Alameda

Ronald Goodman passed away on July 28, 2021, at home with his wife and children at his side after a short fight with cancer. He was born in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 15, 1934 but often joked about migrating to Alameda when he was three years old.

He went through Lincoln and Alameda High Schools and attended U.C. Berkeley where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. He also attended the Hotel and Restaurant College in San Francisco. After college, he became a partner with his father at Goodman's Catering Co., where they worked at Jack London Square more than 25 years. They put on parties for governors, celebrities, local sports teams as well as many corporations.

While in high school he met the love of his life, Shirley DeHaven. They were married Aug. 3. 1958, and had three children. After retiring at 48 years of age he became very active at the Harbor Bay Club both on the tennis courts and in the gym.

His family and friends were very important to him. He loved being a father and grandfather. He often gathered the grandchildren only to a party where he invented a new game- Papa Pong. He gave out many prizes to the winners. He also attended many of their sporting events. There always seemed to be a final-final game or tournament.

He was proceeded in death by both parents, Ralph and Beatrice Goodman and his brother Richard.

He is survived by his adoring family: Shirley Goodman, Ronda (Steve) Sorensen, Jeff (Veronica) Goodman, Tim (Tracy) Goodman, Erin Sorensen (Joe Dieterle), Stephanie (Johnny) Dunn, Thomas, Bobby and Jacob Goodman.

There was a private farewell to Ron on Aug. 3. His favorite charity was Alameda Food Bank. The family would like to thank Lia Bullock, Ana Bajramovic and Dr. Donald Miller for all the extra care for Ron. He will be missed by many people.