Carroll G. “Sonny” Googins, 72: lover of music, roller coasters

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TOPSHAM — Carroll G. “Sonny” Googins, 72, died Tuesday, June 12 at his residence.

Googins was born in Sebago on October 20, 1939, son of William and Mary Ross Googins. He attended local schools and graduated from Potter Academy. He later graduated from Gorham State Teachers College with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He lived in Topsham for 42 years and was a music teacher at Brunswick High School until he retired.

He was a member of the Presumpscot Lodge of Masons, A.F. & A.M. in Windham, a member of the Kora Shrine in Lewiston where he served as the Kora Shrine Chanter’s Director, and a member of the Lodge Council Chapter Consistory, Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Portland. He was also a member of Elijah Kellogg Church in Harpswell where he was choir director and played the piano and organ.  He played piano at the Maine State Music Theater for many years, and was also involved with shows at Portland Players, Portland Lyric Theater, and the Lewiston-Auburn Little Theater.

Googins was a member of the Music Educators of America, and the American Coaster Enthusiast. He enjoyed traveling all over the country to ride roller coasters with his life long partner, Ron Trell, of Topsham.

He is predeceased by his brother, Raymond Googins, who died in 2006.

Googins is survived by his partner, Ron Trell; his niece, Teri Byrnes, of Westbrook; and a nephew, Stephen Googins and his wife, Sheila, of Toledo, Ohio.

A Masonic ritualistic service was held June 20 and a memorial was held at Elijah Kellog Church.

If desired, donations in his memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074, or to the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011. 

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