William Colin Godwin

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Chelsea, Michigan

At age 95, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at the Chelsea Retirement Community Towsley Village. He was born on January 28, 1922, in St. Catharines, Ontario, the son of Lloyd Stafford Godwin and Effie (Malloy).

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving as a bomber pilot in the Pacific during World War II and was awarded three Purple Heart medals. A resident of Washtenaw County for the past 75 years, he was a dentist and professor at the University of Michigan, where he invented the modern custom mouth guard and established the athletic mouth guard program at the University of Michigan and the free athletic mouth guard program for the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Dr. Godwin was also a founding member of the Academy for Sports Dentistry. He enjoyed the lapidary arts, fishing and hockey, especially the Red Wings.

Surviving are his children: David Godwin of Manteca, California, Robert (Mary) Godwin of Naples, Florida, Carl Godwin of Manchester, and Christopher (Nan) Godwin of Gregory, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lois E. (Walker), sister Muriel “Betty” McAfee, and brother John “Jack” Godwin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Huron Valley Humane Society or Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.


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