It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William Leonard Goobie otherwise known as "Bum", "Bummy", "Wild Bill", "Billy" and lastly "Grandpa Goobie". He passed peacefully at The Moncton Hospital surrounded by the love of his life Pat "Patsy" (Crabbe) Goobie and his two sons Paul (Dawn Arnold) and Jon (Camilla Canuel). He left this world as he entered, without much fanfare, in his sleep.
William was born on the Rock, in Town (St. John’s, Nfld.) on July, 29, 1935 to Jean Mathieson and William Goobie. He was predeceased by his younger sister Gertrude and his older brother Bernard. If the stories are anywhere near true, he had an eventful childhood on Topsail Road in St. John’s--from riding the streetcars’ bumper to school, to thawing his feet in the oven after a day of shinny. An accomplished athlete, he graduated from Prince of Wales high School after grade 11, setting various track and field records and playing as much hockey as physically possible on natural ice.
His adolescent summers were spent riding motorcycles shirtless and shoeless, fishing on the Grand Banks with Captain Arch and working in his father’s electrical business. He left the Rock on a train at age 19 to pursue a career in the RCMP.
Eventually, a transfer to New Brunswick led to various postings in one-man detachments and hockey rinks, several Senior C championships, lost teeth, and curling bonspiels, along with an engagement to Pat. They were married, she learned how to cook and he didn’t (except for fishsticks and fries)! Bill fired his service revolver once in 29 years in the RCMP (in the air). He believed in community policing and if you had to pull your service revolver you had failed. Upon retirement, Bill worked 14 years for the Province in sales and tobacco tax.
Pat and Bill enjoyed 59 years together without a (witnessed) fight. Bill was transferred several times to detachments large and small, willingly moving without complaint because that’s what you did. His last posting was to Saint John as the Staff Sergeant of the detachment. He reluctantly went but did not move his family since he didn’t want to disrupt his sons’ education – but never missed a game or a celebration.
Bill was a dedicated grampa to his cherished grandchildren, Emma, Zack, Jim and Charlotte – a dependable rock that they all counted on. Nothing made Bill happier than watching a Wildcats game with his grandchildren or even better, his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.
Bill believed in democracy and voted in every election, but always kept his vote secret. He loved his country, and was proudly patriotic, always standing and removing his hat – and you were in trouble if you didn’t do the same! He also was a generous volunteer with the Masonic Sussex Lodge #7 and with the Riverview Lion’s Club.
Dad, Grandpa, Wild Bill, Bummy, William, Bill you will be missed.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM from Fergusons Funeral Home. A Service to Celebrate and Honor Bill’s life will be held on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM from Fergusons Funeral Home Chapel, 1657 Mountain Rd. Moncton NB, (858-1995).
Many thanks go out to Dr. Jocelyn Cormier and his colleagues as well as the many nurses and staff at The Moncton City Hospital and The George Dumont Nephrology and Hematology Departments. Donations can be made to the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Doctor’s Cycling Against Cancer fund (friendsfoundation.ca) in William’s name.