John Hewson Godfrey


On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, John Hewson Godfrey died suddenly. He is survived by his wife Linda, his daughter Jennifer, and his sister Rachel Kimmelman.
John was born in Englewood NJ, in 1947. He graduated from Tenafly High School in 1966 where he was a star athlete. He earned 7 varsity letters in football and track and was on State Championship Teams. In November of 2009, John was inducted into the Tenafly High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
John went on to earn an undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University and an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. It was in Colorado that his lifelong passion for skiing began. John skied around the world but his favorite place was Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks, where he owned a home and spent countless hours on the slopes and on the lake.
John loved his family and friends. He was happiest sharing stories around the fire place after a full day of skiing or sharing a gin and tonic on the beach.
John lived a full and happy life, but of all his accomplishments, his proudest was his daughter Jennifer. There is never enough time with those we love. Hug someone you love tonight and think of John.
Family and friends are gathering at the Godfrey home in Glen Rock starting at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 30.

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Posted by Wendy Wexler Branton on March 31, 2019 4:27 AM x

I remember him well as a great guy from our high school years. Rest In Peace. So sad to learn of his passing.

Posted by Charlie Roller on March 30, 2019 4:18 PM x

So sorry and shocked to hear of John's passing. The world has lost a true gentleman and a great athlete. When I last saw him at Gore Mountain a year ago, he looked like he could still carry the pigskin 100 yards with the speed he was known for. So hard to comprehend his passing. My condolences to you and your family

Posted by William Goodhart on March 30, 2019 1:28 PM x

I always thought John was a man of character and goodness - but I’m sad I only had a short time with him. May he Rest In Peace!

Posted by Marc Milowsky on March 30, 2019 1:07 PM x

I knew John from high school where we played football together. He was a great athlete and a great leader. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Mo Milowsky THS 67

Posted by Bill crabbe on March 30, 2019 12:54 PM x

John, myself, and Rob Nelson lived on North Brae Court in Tenafly. We had many early life experiences together. Please accept my condolences for your loss. He will be missed.

Posted by Jerri Somers Angermueller on March 30, 2019 9:17 AM x

It's so sad to hear about John. It seems such a short time ago that he was enjoying himself at the 50th Tenafly High School reunion at the Clinton Inn. It 's good to hear about his daughter. My condolences to his family. Jerri in Oakland, NJ


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