COOPERSTOWN — Gerald “Boo-Boo” Goodspeed, a native of Cooperstown, died Sunday morning, May 4, 2014, at his home with the comfort of his loving family by his side following a nine year battle with melanoma. He was 72.
Born April 23, 1942, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Jerry was one of seven children of the late Edith Snyder and Cecil A. Goodspeed.
After his education in Cooperstown, he enlisted in the New York Army National Guard on Nov. 16, 1959, and served with Company C of the 108th Infantry. He received his honorable discharge on Nov. 15, 1962.
That same year, he married Georgia Flint in a ceremony held Oct. 6, in the Cooperstown Methodist Church.
Through the years, Boo-Boo was employed by many businesses in the Cooperstown area. Among them, Stan Wrench Excavating, Bob Mulligan Garbage Disposal and Excavation and the Village of Cooperstown. From 1970 to 1988, he was the superintendent for the town of Otsego landfill and later served as a truck driver for their highway department, retiring at 55 years of age in 1997. He also operated a bush hogging business which he started in 1995 using his beloved tractors and Ford trucks which were part of his “toy” collection.
Since 1992, Boo-Boo was a member of the Cooperstown Native Sons. He was also a Life Member of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown, often serving as part of its honor guard and was a former member of Mechanics Hook & Ladder Company No. 5 in Cooperstown.
In his leisure, Boo-Boo enjoyed having a good time with family and friends. He was involved with demolition derbies from 1972 to 1992, competing in seven county fairs each year, winning heat races, features, best-in-show and earning a place at the New York State Fair. He put on a great show for all of his fans. He enjoyed hunting, traveling with his wife, having their camper in tow, was an avid NASCAR fan, attending many museums and races rooting for Ford Teams and visiting Alaska. Labor Day gatherings at his Ponderosa, specializing in his famous popcorn and horseshoe tournaments will be fondly remembered by many, and he was even the DJ of “Boo-Boo’s No.1 Fun and Entertainment.”