Harry C. Goode Jr.

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Harry C. Goode Jr.
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51st and 54th Mayor of Melbourne, Florida
In office
November 13, 1979 – November 4, 1986
Preceded by Vernon L. Dicks
Succeeded by Joseph F. Mullins Jr.
In office
November 2, 2004 – November 6, 2012
Preceded by John A. Buckley
Succeeded by Kathleen Meehan
Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 33rd district
In office
1986–1992
Preceded by Marilyn Evans-Jones
Succeeded by Marvin R. Couch
Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 31st district
In office
1992–2000
Preceded by Charlie Roberts
Succeeded by Mitch Needelman
Personal details
Born (1938-03-06)March 6, 1938[1]
Melbourne, Florida
Died December 28, 2013(2013-12-28) (aged 75)
Melbourne, Florida
Political party Democratic,
Republican (switched on April 27, 1998)[2]
Spouse(s) Linda (deceased)[1]
Children Harry C. Goode, III[1]
Residence Melbourne, Florida
Alma mater Florida Southern College,[3]
Rollins College[1]
Occupation Sporting goods merchant
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1961–1963

Harry C. Goode Jr. (March 6, 1938 – December 28, 2013) was a six-term mayor of Melbourne, Florida from 1979 to 1986 and 2004 to 2012. He was a member of the Florida House of Representatives for 14 years. He represented the 33rd district from 1986 to 1992, and the 31st district from 1992 to 2000. He served as a Democrat until April 27, 1998, when he switched parties and became a Republican. At the time of his death, he served on the Melbourne City Council, representing District 3.

Early life and family[edit]

Goode was the son of Harry C. Goode Sr., who served on the Melbourne City Council and Katherine Goode.[4] He was the grandson of Captain Alexander J. Goode. He was the great-grandson of Richard W. Goode, who served as the 12th mayor of Melbourne in 1905. He was the second-great-grandson of John Goode, one of the first settlers of Melbourne.

He was born in Melbourne, and was a graduate of Melbourne High School.[3] He also attended Florida Southern College.[1][3]

He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963.[1]

He was owner and President of Harry Goode's Outdoor Shop on East New Haven Avenue until his retirement.[1]

Political career[edit]

He was elected mayor on November 13, 1979 and served until 1986. He was a member of the Florida League of Cities from 1979 to 1986.[1] He was a member of the US Conference of Mayors from 1980 to 1986.[1] He was a member of the Florida House of Representatives representing the 33rd district from 1986 to 1992 and the 31st district from 1992 to 2000.

He served as a Democrat until April 27, 1998, when he switched parties and became a Republican.[2]

He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Florida Senate from the 15th district in 2000.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Florida Senate from the 24th district in 2002.[1]

He was elected mayor again on November 2, 2004 and served until 2012.

He served on the Melbourne City Council representing District 3[5] until his death on December 28, 2013.[6]

Associations[edit]

  • Florida Institute of Technology Corporation, Board of Directors[1]
  • Space Coast Science Center, Board of Directors[1]
  • Space Coast Early Intervention Center, Advisory Board[1]
  • Friends of the Scrub Jay, Board Member[1]
  • Florida-Columbia Partners[1]

Awards[edit]

  • Florida Association of Community Health Centers, 'Legislator of the Year Award', 1998[1]
  • Coastal Conservation Association of Florida, 'Florida Conservation Award', 1998[1]
  • Florida League of Cities, 'Defender of Home Rule Award', 1996[1]
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, 'Legislative Appreciation Award', 1993[1]
  • Brevard Home Builders and Contractors Association Outstanding Legislative Efforts Award 1993[1]
  • Florida Association of Realtors, 'Legislator of the Year Award', 1991[1]
  • Florida Association of Retarded Citizens 'Outstanding Representative', 1990[1]
  • Florida Conservation Association Legislative Session Award 1988[1]
  • Florida League of Cities, 'Quality Floridian Award', 1987[1]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Vernon L. Dicks
Mayor of Melbourne, Florida
1979–1986
Succeeded by
Joseph F. Mullins Jr.
Preceded by
Marilyn Evans-Jones
Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 33rd
1986–1992
Succeeded by
Marvin R. Couch
Preceded by
Charlie Roberts
Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 31st
1992–2000
Succeeded by
Mitch Needelman
Preceded by
John A. Buckley
Mayor of Melbourne, Florida
2004–2012
Succeeded by
Kathleen Meehan