Easter without Robert Godwin, Sr.: Family remembers beloved father, grandfather

CLEVELAND-- This Easter is a sad reminder of the senseless killing of Robert Godwin, Sr., who was fatally shot a year ago.

Godwin’s murder on East 93rd Street was posted to Facebook by his killer, who then shot and killed himself in Erie, Pennsylvania after being on the run from police.

Godwin’s family is remembering him and all that he represented. Some family members sat down with FOX 8’s Adrienne DiPiazza to share their favorite memories of Godwin, and how they have coped in the past year since his death.

“If my father had of passed from old age, I probably could have dealt with that, but it was the way that he was snatched from us I don’t think I will ever recover from,” said Tonya Baines, Godwin’s daughter.

Godwin’s children and grandchildren remember him as a strong man, loving father and for always providing.

“His gentle voice, I can hear it I still, hear my dad’s voice. It was, you know, my dad could sing and it was very soft,” said Brenda Joiner-Haymon, another of Godwin’s daughters.

His family said Godwin loved to fish in Lake Erie and learned the trade from his own father.

“He always told me that it was tranquility when he was at the lake… It was a moment for him to sit and reflect and think,” Joiner Haymon said.

His daughters said because they are such a close family, when their dad died, part of them went with him.

“A parent is the person that is the reason you are here. My father is the reason that we’re all here,” Debbie Godwin said.

“We loved him and he loved us and so cherish your parents and thank God that you have living parents."

Last September, the city of Cleveland dedicated a street sign on East 146th Street and St. Clair Avenue in Godwin’s name: Robert Godwin, Sr. Way.

Continued coverage, here.