James Greenlees Good
James Greenlees Good, 70, of Cincinnati passed away of cardiac arrest on August 19, 2018 at Good Samaritan Hospital surrounded by a number of dear friends. Although he lived in Cincinnati, he longed to return to his hometown of Marietta. He spent much time there, especially visiting with his mother to whom he was incredibly devoted while she was alive.
Jim had a humble start growing up in his early years in a two room cabin in Turkey-Hen near Marietta. It was there that he gained an appreciation for nature and a love of family and animals while exploring the woods around the cabin with the family dog, Spot and his brother, Ron. He had an incredible intellect and graduated from Marietta High School in 1965 as co-valedictorian and earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering from OSU in 1970.
As a kid, he developed a life-long love of amateur radio, music, books and aviation. He spent hours talking to people all over the world on his ham radio and was an avid reader of books spanning many subjects. After a ride in a friend’s airplane he always dreamt of getting a pilot’s license. He began playing violin and piano in elementary school and continued to have a deep love and appreciation of music his entire life. He moved from classical music to old-time music after meeting some “old timers” at a small country church in New Concord and falling in love with the style.
Jim was one of a kind having many and varied interests throughout his entire life. He was a romantic, highly spiritual, and found wonder and beauty in all manner of places and things. He was a fiddler, a contra dancer, lover of dogs, reader of thousands of books, avid theater goer, feminist, hiker, bicyclist, (he rode the TOSRV ride 43 years in a row). He loved nature, animals, story telling, ham radio, aviation, boating, and so much more. He passed those loves and passions on and they will stay in the hearts of the many people who knew and loved him.
He will be remembered as a sweet, caring, intelligent and honest man with an endearing stubborn streak that you could always count on. He had many circles of friends, family, activities, and traditions whom he was devoted to. He will be deeply missed!
Preceded in death by his parents Ronald and Ruth Good who were both long-time school teachers in the Marietta area. Survived by brother Ron Good and nephew Scott, several cousins, and by his beloved dog companion, Susie.
A funeral will be held at Warren Chapel Church Sunday, Oct 14th at 2pm. Burial of his ashes will immediately follow the service. A celebration of life will be held at a friend’s property in Cincinnati on October 21st. Please visit www.cremationcincinnati.com/obituaries/ to read more about Jim and to leave tributes and condolences. In lieu of flowers, please follow Jim’s lead and brighten someone’s day in whatever way you feel would best honor his memory.