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Jason Robert Gooden

Jason Robert Gooden, age 34, died suddenly on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in the early morning hours after being struck in a hit and run auto accident at Dupont and Faulkland roads.

Jason was born in Wilmington, Delaware, son of the late Dennis R. Gooden and the late Elaine Jester Gooden. He received his GED and was currently working for the Quality Heating and Air Conditioning Company.

He was a quiet man with a very happy personality. As a kind and understanding man, he strived to be very diplomatic in all situations. He was not one to hold a grudge; he would always overlook things and was very forgiving.

He loved his daughter Savannah who just turned 14 years old. Although they did not live together, he loved calling her on his cell. He valued his friendship of 13 years, with Donald Hagans. They would stay in touch and visit throughout the years.

Jason lived with his grandmother and she loved him dearly. He was more like a son to her than a grandson for all of his 34 years. He would help her do anything around the house including vacuuming the rooms. He was great at carpentry and did everything to perfection.

Jason is survived by his grandmother, Patricia George, daughter Savannah Gooden, Savannah’s mother Ashley Sentel all of Wilmington, aunt Deborah Fede of Glasgow, best friend, Donald Hagans and many other friends.

Services will be private.


Funeral Services

Services will be private.


    Ashley Sentel writes,
    Jason...I will miss you so much. Throughout all of the years we have known each other, 19 years, you were always there for me no matter what. It didn't matter what you were doing or who you were with, if I needed to talk, you were there. We havent been together for 14 years, but you were still my best friend to this day. We have been through so much together I could write a book. You were born into a very unfortunate situation and even though the world seemed to always be working against you, you wouldn't let it keep you down. I honestly cannot recall you complaining much at all. You didn't have a mean bone in you're body. Lol, you would try to be mean or yell at me, but it just wouldn't even sound right coming out of you're mouth and we would just end up laughing. Hell, you have never even spoken a mean word about my husband Chris. You have always talked very higly of him and how he is with Savannah. I am so sorry for what happened to you. I really wish that I asked you to stay here. I hope that the piece of shit that hit you and just left you there gets caught and if not, I hope that karma catches up with them sooner than later. I promise to make sure that Savannah knows how huge of a heart you had. I will tell her about how we met, about all of the memories we created together and about all of you're best qualities. Before she goes to sleep at night I will say to her what you used to say to me. I love you Jason, until we meet again.
    09/13/2021 05:46 pm
    Renee Skipski Sentel writes,
    Jason i remember the day Ashley brought you to the house so i could meet you, we talked for a little bit i told Ashley that you very nice and loved your eyes. Eventually you moved in you would do anything for me, cutting the grass, carrying the laundry up and down the stairs. I always told you that you were the son i never had. Jason i just saw you last week and i was happy to see you. I will miss you very much. Rest in Peace Love You Mom Renee.
    09/13/2021 08:01 pm
    Carolyn Trush lit a candle and writes,
    Jason, I remember meeting you through your grandmother, Pat George, my dear friend. You were so nice to me, and I remember telling Pat that you were so handsome! You had a GOOD GENEROUS HEART and were always there when someone needed you. Jason you will be missed by many! I know in my heart that you are now enjoying the rewards of heaven. My thoughts & prayers are with you Jason. Your Friend, Carolyn Trush
    09/14/2021 12:37 pm
    Stephen Hobbs lit a candle and writes,
    I remember all the good and bad times we had. I remember how you made breakfast with scrambled eggs with cheese and ham mixed in I still make that to this day we had some wild adventures. We also went to school together (Delcastle). I remember who introduced us Brett Goolday. I will always remember you as a funny good hearted guy now you are at peace. Until we meet again my friend I will miss you.
    09/15/2021 08:24 am
    David and Aretha Brown lit a candle and writes,
    We would like to send our deepest heart felt condolences to the family. Jason was a really nice person and had a good spirit may he Rest In Peace. Sincerely D&A Bail Bonds
    09/16/2021 07:38 pm
    Debbie Saraga writes,
    Hi everyone, it’s Debbie Saraga, Jason’s cousin in Florida. We just found out about this devastating loss of precious Jason. My heart and prayers go out to each of you who are feeling this loss today. I am so very sad, and I can’t wait to see him again one day. This is so hard but not the end of the story. Many of you may remember Aunt Floss (my Mom). She passed away at home on December 17, 2018. She wanted so badly to know you Savannah... Ironically, a couple weeks ago (and maybe it was on September 8), I ran across a letter that she wrote to Jason in May 2018. It had his name on the envelope and no address since we didn't know where to forward mail to him. We never got to send him the letter, but I know that she is telling him those things now in Heaven and getting those hugs that she was missing from him in this life. He is surrounded by so many that love him. I’d like to share some of this letter with all of you, Jason’s “family.” The letter was written over a few days and I can’t read some of the writing as her hands weren’t cooperating very well and Aunt Floss could be a bit longed-winded at times lol. She writes about dysfunction, family and love. She writes how in life there are surprising times that we end up connecting. That the whole world is our family. That life is a “trip” and not that other kind of trip lol. That we all do the best we can with our challenges, trying to find the strength that can bring us a balance and a sense of peace. Writing that we can fit in and we do belong, that we are loved and can give love and receive love and that’s what makes family, the Family Circle. That we are part of a family circle even if it doesn't feel like it. We are all links and even if the links become broken at times, there is no such thing as not having family since we are connected. She wrote that Jason was a gift to his precious Mom and Dad, along with all who were connected with them. Her parting words were: “I felt a sadness in not being able to hug you and the thousand things I could say to you through the years due to distance, circumstance and just “life’s process,” but I want you to know I give all the love I carry in my heart to you. That your “pop ups” (these were like cartoon bubbles she said) will be filled with “love and family” often and always, and thank you for the love and gift of you that you have given me in this long trip.”
    09/23/2021 04:02 pm
    Tammi Prater lit a candle and writes,
    My name is Tammi and I am the CMA for Jason’s Dr. I remember going into the office the day after Jason passing and checking the fax machine and seeing the report from the hospital that he was gone. I think it hit our office like a ton of bricks. We had just seen him 2-3 days prior to his passing and every time he came in, even though his appointments were booked for 15 minutes, we would always sit there and talk to him for about an hour because he always had so much to share with us and just always made us laugh. Boy did he have a big heart and amazing sense of humor. It’s no lie that our office lost one of our sweetest patients that day. Yes it has taken a while to post on here but I want his family and his daughter to know that he did light up peoples days. Dr Todaro and all of our staff are missing Jason. RIP Jason. With love, Dr T, Tammi, James, Jamie and Heather
    05/04/2022 06:45 am

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