MONTCLAIR, NJ - The YMCA of Montclair has sadly announced the passing of Director of Marketing, Gretchen Godwin, on Sunday, July 21, 2019.  

She joined the YMCA in 2013. According to public records, Godwin began as Manager, then Director, before taking on the Director of Marketing position.

"The YMCA of Montclair was the beneficiary of her extraordinary passion, dedication and talent. Gretchen transformed our marketing and communications to a more forward thinking and dynamic level," wrote Montclair YMCA CEO, Buddy Evans.

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According to a release, in 2018, Godwin received the YMCA Red Triangle Award that honors an employee whose YMCA service and leadership has been clearly distinguished by length of time, devotion to our mission and significant achievements in advancing the YMCA of Montclair. 

"Gretchen loved the Y’s commitment to inclusivity, that it was a place that embraces all and changes lives," added Evans.

A celebration of Godwin's life will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 12-2pm at the Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair. Casual attire. Everyone is welcome. 

She leaves to mourn, husband Nate, her daughter Ava, son Jarrett, her mom and three sibings..