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Christopher Alan Goodin

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On April 22, 2019 @ 2:35 pm In Chesterland,Obituaries | 14 Comments

Christopher Alan Goodin

CHRISTOPHER A. GOODIN, age 49, beloved husband for 25 years of Mindy (nee Lafler); cherished father of  Max and twins Chloe and Charlie Goodin; dearest son of Robert W. (wife Lee) and Karen (nee Frew); loving brother of Dave (wife Tamara), Kim Hartzell (husband Jeff) and Jeff (wife Sandra); dear son-in-law of John and Jane Lafler and Dave and Becky (nee Elliott) Smith; dear brother-in-law of Jennifer, Andy and the late Johnny Lafler; adored nephew, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend of many.

Chris Goodin left this earth on Saturday, April 20th, 2019, after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. It was just one of the 4 cancer bouts he faced over the past 27 years of his life. He was a father of three beautiful Children; Max 18, and 15 year old twins, Chloe and Charlie. Chris married his college sweetheart, Mindy (Lafler) Goodin and they would have celebrated their 25 year anniversary this June.

Chris grew up in Madison OH, attending Madison High School where he played soccer and tennis. After high school, he attended Baldwin-Wallace University where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and student body president (91-92) and held many great internships with companies like BP America and Nabisco Company.  After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1992, he went to work for The Westfield Company.

Chris discovered a love for helping multiple companies as a lead consultant in the areas of pricing and branding.  Over the course of his career he worked for Accenture, Deloitte & Touche and finally McKinsey & Company, which he joined in 2013.  During his career in consulting he co-authored the book “Pricing and Profitability Management, A Practical Guide for Business Leaders”.  Chris was a Partner Leader in McKinsey’s marketing and sales practice; but his true passion was inspiring and mentoring those he worked with at the firm, as well as his clients, through his undivided time for anyone who needed him.

Beyond Chris’ career he had a true belief in making sure family always came first in his life. He loved coaching youth soccer and lacrosse for many years.  He was always involved, front and center, in so many of his kids sports and activities.  Picking up the game of lacrosse later in his adult life, as well as snowboarding and long boarding, just to keep up with his kids, were a few of his passions in his personal life.  For many years, he enjoyed golf and fly-fishing, and simply just being outdoors. Taking his family on snowboarding trips out west or to New York and to their favorite summer tradition of Bald Head Island were some of his greatest memories.

Music was such an inspiration to Chris as well. Playing Neil Young, James Taylor, Mumford & Sons in the car, in the kitchen or while sitting around with friends was something he enjoyed. Chris always strived to have true joy in his life and in his heart.  His beaming smile, and infectious, roaring laugh was something that everyone knew.

Chris will be remembered as a true warrior who’s passion for life and will to live were so strong and inspirational to so many people.  His journey to fight cancer alternatively and holistically was remarkably brave and helped him to live many more months.  For that he will be forever remembered as being very admirable.

Contributions can be made in memory of Christopher to the Chagrin Falls Men’s and Women’s High School Lacrosse Athletics, c/o CF Athletic Department, 400 E. Washington St. Chagrin Falls OH 44022.

Cremation by DeJohn Crematory. Celebration of Life Service Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 1PM at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.) where the family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Christopher immediately following the service until 5 PM. Burial will take place on Monday morning at Evergreen Cemetery.

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Condolence from Cindy Finch-Hill on April 23rd, 2019 11:52 am

I am so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from The Firehammer Family on April 23rd, 2019 2:15 pm

Our hearts are broken over the loss of Chris. He truly was an inspiration with his unending strength and courage. Your family exemplifies what it means to live life to the fullest and to put family first no matter what. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you ❤️

Condolence from Tracy and TomCorpus on April 23rd, 2019 2:23 pm

Mindy and family,
You only meet one Chris Goodin in your life! I feel blessed. You and your children had one hell of a gift. This world is better because of him and will suffer without.
I am so sorry.

Condolence from Nick on April 23rd, 2019 2:28 pm

Karen and family. So sorry for your loss. He is finally at peace.
Love you guys,

Condolence from Amos Crowley on April 23rd, 2019 3:08 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I am grateful to have know Chris who I met through the game of Lacrosse. I will always admire his willingness to give his time and energy as a player and a coach, to help introduce others to this sport that he loved.

Condolence from Julian Ryu on April 23rd, 2019 7:04 pm

Goodin family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. Although Chris will always be the most influential and impactful professional mentor I ever have, his true value was far greater. He taught me so much about how to treat others, how to find joy, how to confront fear, how to be one’s authentic self. I am so grateful and fortunate to have known him.

Condolence from Ann Hoelzel on April 23rd, 2019 7:59 pm

Goodin Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.
The Hoelzels

Condolence from Jim Scully on April 23rd, 2019 9:20 pm

I am speechless and bereft with sorrow for your loss of Chris. I loved every interaction I ever had with him and cannot remember seeing him without a warm smile on his face. We both recognized, immediately, we loved the game of lacrosse and I admired the way he wanted to pass it on, not only to his children, but to all the kids involved in Chagrin Youth Lacrosse. I am thinking of all of you tonight but Max, we spent a lot of time together and I am thinking of you and will be in touch. Jim Scully

Condolence from Larry Hall on April 23rd, 2019 10:20 pm

Goodin family,
I am so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Martha Quinn on April 24th, 2019 12:57 pm

Goodin Family – I met Chris at your wedding Mindy . He had such a vibrant personality . I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and father of your three children. My prayers go out to his mother and family. Love you Mindy – Martha Quinn

Condolence from Kristin Roth Kelley on April 24th, 2019 1:59 pm


It’s been a very long time….but I have vivid memories of you and Chris from all our fun DZ days at B-W. I admired you both as a couple way back then and can only imagine the sorrow you must be feeling today. My heart goes out to you and the children. I will keep you in my heart and prayers. Be well my friend.

Kristin Roth Kelley

Condolence from Vivian Marrazzo and Amy Ulozas on April 24th, 2019 4:51 pm

Mindy, we are so very sorry to hear about Chris’s passing. Chris’s obituary says so many beautiful things about him – he must have been a very special person. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Vivian Marrazzo and Amy Ulozas (Cigna)

Condolence from Annie Amata on April 26th, 2019 6:36 am

Our love and prayers go out to you, Max, Chloe and Charlie, and all of the Goodins. Chris was an amazing man and we will miss him so much – always kind to us and our kids, quick witted and charming. He was a great neighbor and friend. We are here for you.
Annie & Matt Amata

Condolence from Elizabeth Magyar Burbach on April 30th, 2019 9:53 pm

My thoughts and prayers to the family of Christopher. Cherish your memories.

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