Peter Harman Goodenow, son of Robert and Jacqueline Goodenow, died Jan. 8, 2010, at Gilchrist Hospice in Townson, Md., after a long battle with melanoma.

He was born April 26, 1954, at Muncy Valley Hospital in Muncy, Pa. His early childhood was spent growing up in the Muncy/Montoursville area, after which his family moved to various New England locations, finally settling in Fairfield for 30 years. Goodenow graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School, where he was an avid football and hockey player and also was active in music, playing first the violin, then the cello and finally the bass fiddle as he grew up.

He graduated from Quinnipiac University with a degree in biology and almost immediately went to work for a large local pharmaceutical firm as a laboratory assistant. He soon found that his skills and interest lay in other fields, and transferred to the sales operation of the company. Goodenow had a successful career, but circumstances led him and his family to move to Florida. There, he found his true interest -- managing clinical research trials for large drug companies and their innovative new drugs.

Goodenow eventually joined a New Jersey firm. From there he moved to Warsaw, Poland, where he was executive vice president, clinical operations, for Pharmatrials, Inc. In this position, he found his greatest challenge -- integrating the standards and customs of an American firm into the traditions and culture of Polish life.

Goodenow also had unusual talents in the mechanical field. From early childhood, he was extremely interested in anything mechanical. With no formal training, he could repair anything on an automobile and, over the years, kept his father's World War II jeep in perfect running condition. He also used his skills with a hammer and saw as a volunteer supervisor with Habitat for Humanity during his years in New Jersey.

At the end, Goodenow achieved two final ambitions. One: to be with his friends and family in Poland through the recent holiday season, and two: to return to the U.S. to die in among his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, who were residents of Fairfield for many years and now live in Havre de Grace, Md., he is survived by his wife, Patricia Glionna Goodenow, and their three adult children, John, Hunter and Jade, all of Melbourne, Fla. Additional survivors include an aunt, Ann Goodenow of Fresno, Calif.; an uncle, Jerry Goodenow of Lititz, Pa.; three brothers, Bobby of Middle River, Md., Dan of Gloucester, Mass., and Jerry of Colchester; his sister, Mary of Havre de Grace, Md.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for early summer, when his ashes will be interred at the Muncy Cemetery.