Robert Goings will be recalled for dedication to doing job right

September 10, 1992|By Stephen Hunter | Stephen Hunter,Film Critic

Robert Goings, 29, the long-time janitor at the Charles Theatre whose struggle with leukemia was described in a story in the Today section last Friday, died Sunday night at the Joseph Richey House, a hospice on Eutaw Street.

According to Gary Lambert, the Charles' projectionist who had cared for Mr. Goings over the past weeks, Mr. Goings told his nurse he felt worse Saturday and on Sunday had two bouts of sickness that left him weak, but he rallied from each. At 10:30 p.m. he told a nurse he felt "strange," and lay back and closed his eyes.

Mr. Goings joined the Charles in 1980, working as an independent contractor, and was legendary among the theater's staff for his complete dedication to duty. In 12 years, friends say, he took only one day off.

Stricken with the disease in February of last year, Mr. Goings continued to work as his health and complicated therapy treatments would allow. He last worked for the theater in March of this year, and once diagnosed as terminal, spent his last several months in the hospice, where friends from the theater visited him often.

"When I think about Robert," said Mr. Lambert, "I think about how constant and loyal he was, and how much he cared for other people."

Survivors include his mother, Agnes Flight of Baltimore; his father, Robert Goings Sr.; two sisters, Darlene Lightfoot and Agnes Thurman of Baltimore. His two brothers, Floyd Jackson and Charles Peay died some years ago.

The funeral will be held tomorrow at noon at the March Funeral Home on Wabash Avenue, according to Mr. Lambert.

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