Edwin George Godfrey passed away on January 23, 2024 at Albany Medical Center in Albany NY after a short illness.
Son of Catherine C Godfrey (Alexander), and Elmer G Godfrey, he was born October 11, 1931 in Albany, NY. A student of St. John’s Academy in Rensselaer, he entered the Air Force shortly after, serving proudly during the Korean War, stationed mainly in Seoul. He worked for 35 years as a highly respected Senior Mechanic for Winthrop/Sterling Drug in Rensselaer NY.
Edwin was preceded to heaven by his mother and father, older brother David, his beloved brother Paul and an infant grandson, Jason A. Scavo Jr. . He is survived by his loving wife Helen Elizabeth Godfrey (Allendorph), his dear sister-in-law Janet Godfrey (Blaichert), as well as his children, Barbara Holms of Petersburg NY and husband Mike, Robin Leggett of Sudbury MA and husband Robert, Edwin Godfrey (Eddie) of Schodack NY, Rosemary Godfrey of Rensselaer NY, Donna Flood of Loudon TN, Catherine Kobiersky (Godfrey) of Scotia NY and husband Ted, Michelle Godfrey of Troy NY and Daniel Godfrey of Hollis NH. In addition he is survived by his grandchildren: Christopher Holms, Matthew Holms, Adam Holms, Thomas Leggett, Timothy Leggett, Ryan Leggett, Katherine Godfrey Phillips, Rebecca Godfrey, Lindsey Godfrey, Shana Flood, Raymond Flood, Jennifer Godfrey, Leah Bliven and Emma Scavo, as well being survived by his ten great grandchildren, with two more on the way in June.
After retiring in 1996 Ed wasn’t satisfied with just sitting still. During his "retirement" years he was always tinkering in his workshop, busy doing whatever was needed at church, doing odd jobs for those in need and even going on missions with the church to help with hurricane relief. His lifelong love of camping with his family never ended, with trips every summer throughout his life. In recent years he and his beloved wife Helen spent summers traveling around New England in their RV camper. He loved these journeys exploring historical sites, meeting interesting people and enjoying the crashing waves of the ocean all while having a little snack of black licorice or sardines and a good cup of coffee! We do not doubt that he is exploring the heavens right now!
Ed was a deeply loved husband, son, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend. While we lost a most beloved and wonderful man, many have lost a friend and loved one in him. He has been a rock to many, a master “fixer” of all things, a great reader and Civil War buff. In October of 2022 Ed was invited to go on the Patriot flight to Washington D.C. and was honored to be the veteran who placed the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier that day. This trip gave him a profound sense of pride in his service to our country.
At this time there are no services planned. There will be a funeral service and celebration of Ed’s life in early April. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The Community Hospice of Albany, Center Brunswick United Methodist Church or Tunnels to Towers Foundation.