St. Louis tent collapse victim remembered

2012-05-03T00:03:00Z 2014-03-20T17:12:42Z St. Louis tent collapse victim rememberedBY PATRICK M. O'CONNELL • poconnell@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8126 stltoday.com

ST. LOUIS • Surrounded by people holding candles and balloons, Tim Lipham remembered his friend Alfred Goodman as a kind man who loved his wife, daughters and Cardinals baseball. Lipham spoke at Wednesday night's vigil for Goodman, 58, of Waterloo, held outside Kilroy's Sports Bar, where a tent collapse killed the Monroe County native and injured about 100 others.

"It was just one of those unfortunate things that happened," Lipham said, adding he didn't blame the bar or the people who set up the tent for the collapse during a powerful storm.

Lipham talked softly in front of the crowd of about 100, including a few who were present Saturday when the tent collapsed on baseball fans and patrons of the bar at 720 South Seventh Street. Those in attendance at the ceremony paused to remember and pray for Goodman, his family and everyone who was hurt at the site during the storm.

Lipham, of Florissant, knew Goodman from the Waterloo Sportsmans Club, where Goodman helped run the Haunted Trail. Lipham said his friend loved traveling, gambling and dancing with his high school sweetheart, Shelley. The two were married for 36 years. Goodman also was a lifelong, proud resident of Monroe County, Lipham said.

Two musicians played songs and attendees signed cards for Goodman's family during the ceremony, held after the Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-3 at nearby Busch Stadium. At the end of the service, those in attendance released red and white balloons into the calm night sky above the ballpark.

Patrick M. O'Connell is a reporter for STLtoday.com and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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