Edgar B. 'Captain Ed' Goode, mechanical engineer and sailor, dies at 87

March 15, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Edgar B. "Captain Ed" Goode, a retired mechanical engineer who enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, died Wednesday from prostate cancer at his home in the Charlesgate Apartments in Towson.

He was 87.

The son of a Ford dealership owner and a homemaker, Mr. Goode was born in Baltimore and raised in Pikesville. He was a 1941 graduate of Franklin High School, where he had played violin and trumpet in the school band.

He dropped out of the University of Maryland, College Park his sophomore year to enlist in the Army in 1943.

Mr. Goode landed at Omaha Beach on June 12, 1944.

"He repaired trucks and prepared vehicles for General [George] Patton and the Red Ball Express, learned to speak French, ride a motorcycle, and play a cornet he had bought in Paris," said a daughter, Kathy McKnight of Parkton.

Mr. Goode was in Paris in May 8, 1945, and recalled the delirious celebrations that greeted the end of World War II in Europe.

He told family members, "We washed our greasy hands, put on our uniforms and marched down the Champs d'Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe. The bistros were open and everything was free - celebrating the end of the war."

Mr. Goode returned to the University of Maryland, where he earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1948.

He worked for 30 years for Bethlehem Steel Corp. before taking a job with the Maryland Department of the Environment, where he was employed for a decade before retiring in 1989.

Mr. Goode had lived in Hamilton for years before moving to the Lake Walker neighborhood. Since 2008, he had lived in Towson.

An avid sailor, in 1987 Mr. Goode purchased Pressure Drop, a 35-foot sailboat, with which he explored the bay from the spring through the autumn. He was a member of the Chesapeake Sailing Association, where he had served as commodore for many years.

Mr. Goode was 72 when he volunteered to be second mate and sail a new catamaran from Annapolis to its owner in Tortola, the British Virgin Islands.

"I survived it!" he wrote in a succinct 1995 account of the voyage. "1500 sea miles, Nov. 18-28, chased by 30 knot gale for five days. Foul weather gear for 8 days - more splash than rain. Now perfect on the porch of the Yacht Club, 85' F."

"Only at the end of the trip did the catamaran's captain learn that Ed, his 2nd mate, was 72 years old," Ms. McKnight said.

Mr. Goode also enjoyed attending Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts and was a member of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete Friday.

Also surviving are a son, Thomas Goode of Monkton; two other daughters, Sandra Cox of Salisbury, N.C., and Patricia Brown of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; his companion, Carol Mondshour of Towson; a sister, Ruth McArthur of New Port Richey, Fla.; and seven grandchildren. His marriage to the former Millicent Pool ended in divorce.

An earlier version of Mr. Goode's obituary omitted his companion as a survivor. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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