Funeral procession for retired Norwood fire chief will pause in front of fire house

NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - Norwood's retired longtime fire chief will be laid to rest Monday.

Curtis Goodman III, 60, died early Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer.

He retired in early 2016 shortly after his diagnosis, according to Norwood Fire Department. In fact, Monday is two years to the day Chief Goodman was told by his oncologist he had a three percent chance of living a year, his family said.

"We were blessed we had him this long," said his son, Curt Goodman IV, a Cincinnati firefighter.

Chief Goodman's 10 a.m. funeral mass will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church, 11144 Spinner Ave., Sharonville.

More than 100 people turned out for his visitation Sunday at Naegele, Kleb & Ihlendorf Funeral Home in Norwood.

Chief Goodman's son said the funeral procession will include a Norwood fire truck, some firefighters, a police cruiser and police officers. Other law enforcement agencies such at Amberley Village police and Ohio State Highway Patrol are assisting.

The procession will move along Montgomery Road and pause for 30 to 60 seconds in front of the Norwood Fire Department, his son said.

From there, it will proceed to Ridge Road to Reading Road to Sharon Road to the church.

"Chief Goodman grew up in Norwood and dedicated himself to serving the citizens of Norwood during his 33 year career with the Norwood Fire Department. Along with having a lasting impact on countless lives, he rose through the ranks and served his last 17 years as chief of the Norwood Fire Department," reads his obituary.

"Chief Goodman will truly be missed by the fire department, where he considered the members part of his family. The love of the fire department was overshadowed only by his love for his family, especially his loving wife Betty, children Melissa and Curt, and his special love and dedication to his grandchildren, JT, Grace and Curt, to whom he was known as 'Pepaw'."

Charitable donations may be made to

  • American Cancer Society

P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123

  • Norwood Firefighters Association

4725 Montgomery Road, Norwood OH 45212

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