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Memorial

Zachary Goodwin

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Died

Texting with him daily. Hearing the tone in his voice when I would try and give him advice that he didn't want to take saying "OK, momma bear". His laugh, his smile, his amazing blue eyes. His bear hugs, his music choices. Everything.

Tell us about your loved one.

Zack loved to make people laugh. He loved music and movies, he would quote lines from songs and movies all the time. As a child he always had a smile and a silly way about him. He had a huge heart and loved his friends and family deeply. He always went out of the way to help someone who needed help. He was a tall, muscular kid who gave great big bear hugs.

Tell us about Zachary's struggle with addiction

It started in high school with marijuana then progressed to experimenting with other drugs until he settled on heroin as his drug of choice. He was using for months before telling us then he reached out for help in getting clean in January 2013. That began the cycle of getting clean, relapsing, wanting help, then not wanting help until July 2014 when something changed in him and he said he was ready to be serious about being clean. I heard it in his voice, he said "I wanted to get off the merry-go-round", I want to start the next part of my life, sober and happy. He went through detox and to a inpatient/sober living place in FL. He came out strong and went to work at a job he enjoyed, he started making plans about his future. After 6 months clean he wants to come home for the holidays, he thought he could control this. He was met by friends that used, he overdosed that night but was revived. He used again a couple nights later and died.

What made Zachary smile?

Being around his friends and family. Music, movies, having deep philosophical discussions about life.

What do you miss most about Zachary?

Texting with him daily. Hearing the tone in his voice when I would try and give him advice that he didn't want to take saying "OK, momma bear". His laugh, his smile, his amazing blue eyes. His bear hugs, his music choices. Everything.

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