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Frank Goodale honored with Leaders Legacy bench
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Former Camden City Councilman Willard Polk holds up a copy of a $5 F.D. Goodale Jewelers coupon made out to a member of the graduating class of Camden High School in 1965 during a Leaders Legacy bench dedication to Frank Goodale. Polk said the coupon exemplified the commitment and care Goodale and his family has had for the Camden community since the shops founding in 1922. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
More than 100 people gathered outside the north end of the tennis courts at Rectory Square on Oct. 17 to dedicate a Leader’s Legacy bench to a man who played on those courts for many years: Frank Goodale Jr., owner of F.D. Goodale Jewelers and a former Camden City Council member. Goodale, who -- as former Councilman Willard Polk noted -- is sometimes called “Goody” by his friends, started working with his father, Frank “Des” Goodale Sr., around 1957 following a two-year tour in the U.S. Army. Polk said he met Goodale after moving here in 1972 and quickly decided that “when I grow up, I want to be a ‘Goody.’” He said the city was celebrating not only Goodale’s contributions, but those of his family, especially his wife, Linda, who he said was her husband’s “severe critic” when necessary.