Louis K. Goodwin Jr., 83, of Edgartown died at home on Monday, Dec. 3.

Jim was born in Oak Bluffs on August 8, 1935, to Louis K. Sr and Carmen Goodwin. He attended the Oak Bluffs School and graduated in 1955 and immediately enlisted in the Navy to serve the country from 1955 to 1961.

After discharge, Jim was working in Boston with an animal rescue organization when he met his wife, Adrienne H. Boardman. They married in July of 1964 and settled in Framingham where they raised two sons until February of 1972 when Jim and his family returned to Martha’s Vineyard. He worked at many Island professions before taking the position of Shellfish Constable of Edgartown on July 4, 1980, where he was employed until his retirement in 1997.

Jim was an easygoing man with a big heart who considered everyone a friend. He loved the outdoors and spent many years sailing and living on his sailboat. He was an avid golf and tennis player and gave lessons in both sports for many years. He frequented Island coffee shops and loved people watching in town with his longtime companion, Virginia Omar, and furry friend, Pepe.

Jim is survived by his two sons, J. Aaron Goodwin of Aurora, Mo. and David C. Goodwin of Vineyard Haven, and by his sister, Beverly Corwin.

He was predeceased by his sister, Ida Gardner, and brother, Frank Goodwin.

A celebration of his life will be held next summer with a date to be announced. Donations in his name may be made to the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, PO Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539.