Jeffrey Goodfellow, son of Carole (Douglas) Peck and Daniel Lawrence (Carolyn) Goodfellow, father of Kyleigh Goodfellow, brother of Daniel (Kimberly) Goodfellow, beloved uncle of Danielle, and beloved partner Donna West-Tocco.
Visitation will be held on Thursday September 23, 2021
3:00PM - 8:00PM
at Fred Wood Funeral Home
36100 5 Mile Road, Livonia
(East of Levan)
A Funeral Mass will take place Friday September 24, 2021
Instate: 10:00 am & Mass: 10:30am
at St. Edith Catholic Church
15089 Newburgh Road, Livonia
Jeff served in the U.S. Army right after high school. Jeff was very, very proud of his military service. He continued to wear his dog tags. He became a CDL driver and loved his job until an accident in 2014 caused him to have cervical surgery and go on disability. Jeff loved all sports and he was dedicated to the University of Michigan. He attended football, basketball, women's softball games and collected cards and memorabilia.
Jeff's greatest love was his daughter, Kyleigh. As a single father, he dealt with formula, diapers, and school. He was at every single soccer and volleyball game and went to watch her cheer at football games. He was an excellent father. When he was on disability, he started selling sports cards online to earn extra money to get things for Kyleigh.
One of the outstanding features about Jeff is his volunteerism and caring. He was a member of the Westland Jaycees. He worked with the Westland Goodfellows selling papers and wrapping gifts, and he involved his daughter in all of his pursuits. As a member of Grange 389, he passed out free dictionaries at Westland elementary schools. He was a member of the Civitans. Jeff searched out fun activities for Kyleigh and if he couldn't take her, he drafted his mother and brother. After his trucking injury, he got involved in the For'Em club that volunteered at Red Wings games. He was honored by the University of Michigan as a military veteran. He mowed lawns and shoveled snow for his neighbors. He devoted hours to his elderly next-door neighbor taking her dog to the vet, visiting her in the hospital and checking on her every day. He was truly devastated when she died.
Family meant everything to Jeff. He cared about his cousins, his mom and dad. Brother Dan was so important to him. If Dan needed anything from babysitting to moving or hauling wood, Jeff was there for his brother. His niece, Danielle, was the love of his life. He took her out to lunch, to shows, and attended all of her performances. The love they shared was so strong. Jeff taught his stepdad Doug how to play fantasy football, and they shared many conversations about sports. Jeff was the guy we turned to when we needed a ride to the airport or someone to watch the house while we traveled. Jeff also loved his stepbrothers Jesse and Brian and he always played with all the grandchildren. Kids and dogs loved him.
Two years ago, Jeff's life took a dramatic turn for the better when he met Donna Tocco. Donna got him involved in wood crafts, going kayaking, and hiking. Every picture I see of Jeff after he and Donna got together showed how happy he was. We were thrilled to have them visit our new Florida winter home, and enjoyed a Tiger game together and many good times. We were so blessed and grateful that Donna came into his life and made him so happy. Donna's dog, Tyrone, is lost without him.
Because of Covid restrictions, we were not allowed in his room but were able to sit outside his window. There were times when there were 20 people watching and praying for him. Jeff touched the hearts of so many people. The comment I heard over and over was "Jeff doesn't have a mean bone in his body."
We have lost a wonderful son, father, brother and companion, and the world has lost a caring man.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
32150 Dorsey St.
Westland, MI 48186
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