Thomas J. Godin 81, of Franklin, died peacefully, with family at his side, Friday Nov. 1, 2019 at Milford Regional Medical Center, following a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Barbara W. (Wagner) Godin, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.
Born in Springfield, Ma, on May 26, 1938, Tom was the son of late Thomas J. Godin and Lisa Frattini Godin. Tom lived in Franklin for over 55 years.
Tom was a graduate of American International College, Springfield College, and received his Ph.D. degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. For 50 years, he taught in the State College System, first at Boston State College. After it closed, Tom spent many years at Massasoit Community College, teaching various courses in psychology. He also spent many years as a part-time counselor at the Catholic Charities Family Counseling Center in Framingham.
Tom was a communicant of St. Mary Parish for over 50 years. He was very active in the parish participating in the musicals performed during the late 70s and early 80s behind the lightening, the Parish Club dances and parties, and Sunday’s coffee and donuts and Rocco’s Festival for many years behind the salad booth.
He was an avid reader and loved classical music, attending many concerts at the Boston Symphony. His favorite spot was Tanglewood in the Berkshires, where he attended concerts for over 40 years. He enjoyed sports, all the Boston teams right up until his death. As a young man, he spent many summers fishing with his father and Lake Champlain and, as a father, spent many years fishing with his children. He also spent many years coaching various teams of his children. In recent years, he spent most of his retired time attending basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse games played by his granddaughters whom he loved so much.
In addition to his wife, Tom is survived by his son Scott J. Godin of Franklin, Jeffery T. Godin, and wife Tammy of Grafton and his daughter Karyn G. Sousa and husband Matthew of Franklin. He is also survived by his granddaughters Samantha and Emma Sousa, and his grandson, Christopher Frazier.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass Friday Nov. 8th, in St. Mary's Church, 1 Church Square, Franklin at 10AM.
Interment will be held privately.
Calling hours are Thursday Nov. 7th, in the Charles F. Oteri and Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. from 4-7PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the Friends of Franklin 50 Corbin St. Franklin, MA 02038 or St. Mary's Church, Franklin.