Charles Houston Goudiss, III

March 16, 1946 - March 21, 2013
Charles Houston Goudiss, III

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Charles Houston Goudiss III, 67, of Wilmington, passed away Thursday, March, 21, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Goudiss was born in New York, NY, to the late Charles Houston Goudiss, Jr. and Laverta McCormick Goudiss. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania, Charles had an illustrious career working in a variety of fields, including volunteering with the Peace Corps, being a book salesman for Crown Publishing and in the home improvement industry. After moving to Ulster County, New York, he designed and built an award winning passive solar house. He worked as a Loan Officer for Mortgage Select and served on the Board of Trustees of the Kingston Area Library for several years. He moved to Wilmington in 2006 and, most recently, served as treasurer of Sister Cities Association of Wilmington. Among his many loves were his family, body surfing, reading, and the Grateful Dead.

Survivors include his wife, Maria D’Elia Goudiss; his son, Charles Keegan Goudiss, and wife, Jessica, of Silver Spring, MD; two grandchildren, George and Margaret Goudiss; and one sister, Joan Zimmermann, of New York, NY.

There will be a Celebration of Life, 4-6 PM, Wednesday, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Peace Corps Sierra Leone Volunteer Fund at

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  • March 27, 2013
    Jen Lotze says:
    Keegan and his family are in my thoughts this week. Although I did not know Charles, I know his son will continue to make him proud.

  • April 11, 2013
    Bill Acker says:
    Dear Maria Joel Colby told Joe Mackey and me of Charlie's untimely death. Charlie and I met when we were in the 3rd form at Hill School in 1960. Then we met again at Penn, were fraternity brothers, and finally roommates in a decrepit house on Waverly Street with Terry Zintl and Mark Garthwaite. One way or another I feel Charlie was a part of my young life - a good part. Charlie's calm, dry humour was always enjoyable. I am very sorry to hear of his death. Please accept my condolences and good wishes at a sad time. Bill

  • March 27, 2013
    Alison Scharman says:
    While I did not know Mr. Goudiss, I work with Keegan and was very sad to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with your entire family during this time.

  • March 27, 2013
    Gabe & Brenda says:
    Keegan and Family, Brenda and I are so sorry for your loss. You continue to be in our thoughts. Sincerely, Gabe & Brenda

  • March 27, 2013
    Scott Goodstein says:
    To the entire Goudiss family: I am deeply saddened by your loss. I truly enjoyed my time with Charles. While brief, he took me in to his family as one of his own kids. I will remember us spending Christmas together and trying to not discuss too much work and business. He was very excited about watching us build a company and proud of all of Keegan's accomplishments. Sad he left us way too soon. Sincerely, Scott