Jim James: “Citizen One” – Remembering Harold

by Jim James – The recent death of Harold Goodlett, Sr., tore a big hole in the hearts of his many friends.  It also left a big hole in the community’s source of civic leaders – people who can consistently be counted on to support every worthwhile cause.  His obituary reads like a “Who’s Who” of Charlestown’s growth and enrichment.  It can be read at this website:

Within hours of Harold’s death, there was an outpouring of condolence messages on social media.  They came from at least two – and maybe three — generations of people grieving his passing.  Here are just a few examples:

“One of the greats”

“A blessing to me”

“Touched so many lives”

“What a legacy as a public servant”

Many years ago, a lot of kids in the Charlestown High School marching band got to go to Washington, DC., because Harold almost single-handedly raised the money for their trip.  He helped raise money for the city’s swimming pool.  He worked tirelessly at the 4-H Center to prepare the site for installation of the Moving Wall, in honor of Vietnam veterans.  And the list goes on.  That’s who he was.  To me, he was “Citizen One.”

When Harold set out to achieve a goal, he went over and around every obstacle until he got it done. If there is a bull in heaven, I bet Harold already has it by its horns, in pursuit of another worthwhile cause.

  Well done, good and faithful servant.”



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