Richard David Goff

November 22, 1956 - April 12, 2023
Richard David Goff

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Richard David Goff, 66, passed away unexpectedly in his Brooksville home April 12, 2023.
He was a carpenter, truck driver, fisherman, racing pit crewman, mechanic, painter, friend, Daddy, brother, and a Poppy. He was a true adventurer, racking up thousands of miles and memories each year. He always had a story to share of the places he’d been, people he’d met and things he’d seen. His spirit could not be tamed or contained. A little piece of him will live on in the heart of everyone that knew him.
He is survived by his three daughters; Angela Gathman, Carlie Goff and Ricki Sullivan; six grandchildren, Madison, Camden, Evan, Chloe, Chance, and Ophelia. He was preceded in death by his parents; Pasty and Frank Henry and his granddaughter Mira.

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  • June 14, 2023
    Timothy Donovan Reynolds says:
    My best friend ! I miss you with every breath I take ! Hold the gate Ric ,I will bring the crawfish!

  • April 28, 2023
    Angela Gathman "Stinker" says:
    You were never able to say “I love you,” but you’ve always shown me. When I was a kid you loved me with 7-11 Yoo-hoos and Slim Jims. You loved me with living room chess matches, Yahtzee and hours of Crazy 8’s. You loved me by sitting through band concerts and track meets. As I grew older, you loved me by helping with endless house projects. I see your love for me each time I pull into my driveway and look at the house your hands painted. Each time I peek through my front window, that you replaced, to see if the mail has come, I feel your love. I hear you when my son whistles as he walks, just like you used to do. You don’t feel so far away when I open the drawer of the desk you made for me all those years ago. When I make a sandwich, I hear you reminding me not to cut it the “ugly” way. You told me, all too often, that your clock was ticking faster and faster with each passing day. I could never have imagined how little time I would actually have left with you. I wish you could have planted your garden. I wish you could have gone fishing in your new boat. I wish you could have stayed just a week longer to meet your great-grandson. But my heart knows, that even thirty more years, would have felt too soon. I love you Daddy!

  • April 27, 2023
    Nicholas says:
    Richard was my father in-law for 8 years and I couldn’t have asked for a cooler second dad. He was like one of the gang from inviting us to his house or coming to bowl or going out on his boat. Thank you for raising 3 beautiful, strong and intelligent daughters and giving your blessing for me to marry your youngest. I will greatly miss our conversations about cars, boats and whatever other wisdom you chose to share with me. You were a great man with so many things to share. We miss you greatly.

  • April 21, 2023
    Madison Feltis “Hotrod” says:
    Poppy was the only grandpa I’ve ever had and he was a great one. I have fond memories of going out on his boat when I was little, watching him grill fish and wrestling with him and Ricki on the couch. Then as I got older instead of growing apart, we grew closer. He drove with me to California making stops along the way like the Arizona botanical garden and to get Texas tacos and swimming. We woke up at 5am the day we got to Huntington Beach and we walked along the beach together and talked about how we really just drove from Lake Mary, FL to Huntington Beach; I was so impressed with us and he kept laughing because he did it with no GPS. I thought it was so crazy for a person to have so much information in their head. Poppy really knew how to do anything and get anywhere. Then a few years later I decided to move to nyc and he told me stories of the years he worked in Brooklyn and the buildings he helped construct. He drove the moving truck for me when I went. Him, my mom and I ate snacks and talked and swam in a hot tub and I think we all knew even then that we were so fortunate to still be together and making memories. He died in his house that he just finished building all by himself…every beam, rafter and fixture. I wish he had gotten more time to relax in his house. Then again, Poppy was never the relaxing type. It felt like he was never going to leave us. He was the kind of rough and tough grandpa that becomes a legend and we’ll never stop sharing his wild tales, hopefully they will bring comfort to us.

  • April 21, 2023
    Natalia says:
    You were the father to my best friend, and it truly speaks on someone's character with how a parent raises their child. You've made an impact to more lives than you know. You will be missed.