Bill was born with Cerebral Palsy and spent his life wheelchair bound. In spite of spending many years in institutions, due to the early deaths of both parents, Bill had the fortune of being mainstreamed with the help Federal and State ADA regulations. He learned to navigate the public transportation system in Northern Virginia and DC. He obtained employment with the Federal Government in D.C. and was able to commute to work every day rain, sleet or snow! He transitioned from a halfway house to independent living in his own apartment. Bill had the support of great coworkers, supervisors, and friends through over 20 years of employment. He retired from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In spite of his physical disabilities, Bill had a wonderful sense humor and didn’t know a stranger.
Preceded in death by his parents, William G. and Marion C. Gooding, Bill, is survived by his siblings, Bruce E. Gooding, brother; Patricia A. Luper, sister; and Thomas A. Gooding, brother
The staff at Regency Health and Rehabilitation Center provided compassionate care for Bill from 2011 until his passing. They made his life more comfortable by sharing their interests and friendship. As well, there were wonderful volunteers who came into Bill’s life while at Regency who took an interest in him and offered their kind friendship.
He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Internment services will be held later at the National Memorial Park in Falls Church, VA.
Please see charitable donations to St Joan of Arc Catholic Church Yorktown Eucharistic Ministers or the Cerebral Palsy Foundation below.
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St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Eucharistic Ministers
315 Harris Grove Lane, Yorktown VA 23692
Cerebral Palsy Foundation
3 Columbus Circle | 15TH Floor, New York NY 10019