Alfred William “Sonny” Goodman

November 26, 1946 - December 4, 2020

Alfred William “Sonny” Goodman, age 74, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020.

Born on November 26, 1946 in Wilmington, DE, he was a son of the late Paul M. and Grace M. (Spence) Goodman. After graduating from high school, Sonny earned his associate degree then served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He made a career out of being a USPS mail carrier, retiring after 44 years of service. Sonny never missed a Nascar race within his 25-year attendance at the Dover International Speedway. He enjoyed bowling and rooting for the NY Giants. Sonny was a huge supporter of his son-in-law, Micheal “No Joke” Stewart’s boxing career, and was always a face in the crowd at his kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events and activities.

In addition to his parents, Sonny was preceded in death by his daughter, Alison A. Goodman and sister, Carol Goodman. He is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Patricia E. (VenDouern) Goodman; children, John P. Goodman (Danielle) of New Castle and Lisa L. Stewart (Mike) of New Castle; siblings, Beatrice Dolan (William) of Hockessin and Walter Goodman (Patricia) of New Castle; grandchildren, Luke, Noah, John, Jr., Brandon, Britney, Jasmine, Jordan and Saige; niece, Christine; nephews, William, Michael and Tommy; and brother-in-law, Thomas VenDouern (Charlene).

All services will be held privately.

The family would like to give a very special thank you to Home Depot, Big Lots, and Rite Aid for giving Sonny a helping hand.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sonny’s memory to Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.


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8 Condolences for Alfred William “Sonny” Goodman

  • My sincere condolences to all of you. We will surely miss seeing your dad at the Home Depot.

  • My heartfelt sympathy goes to all of you. Uncle Sonny was my godfather as well as my uncle. I loved him dearly and will miss him. One of my favorite things about him was his laugh. It was very infectious and filled the room. He loved making people laugh, especially when we got together for Christmas Eve at my mom’s house (his sister, Bea) and he and his brother (Walter) would try to guess that annual same gift that their sister (Carol) got for everyone. I love you Uncle Sonny. Rest peaceful. Love, Christine

  • Lisa my heart goes out to you and your entire family.
    I know just from knowing you all these years and how special you are that your dad had to be a incredible man. May God comfort all of your heart’s.

  • I’m sincerely sorry to learn about “Sonny’s” passing. I will always remember growing up with Sonny, and Walt in our much younger years, in Elsmere, those were the good times.
    Sonny was one of those “special” guys we are sometimes fortunate to meet during our lives. May God Bless his family and loved ones.


  • Just heard. So sorry for your loss, Lisa. Although services are private, you, Mike, the girls, and Jordy will be on my mind all day. Please call if you need anything.

  • Sorry to hear about the loss your family is in my thoughts

  • To Patty and Family,
    I am sorry to hear of Sony’s passing. We were very close growing up. He was a good friend for many many years.
    I lost my wife, Nancy, on Sept 28, 2020 and so I know first hand the sorrow that you are experiencing at this time.

  • We miss you everyday Poppop. Nothing will ever be the same. So much has happened since you left us and I just pray that we’re making you proud & you continue to watch over all of us. We love you forever and always.