A celebration of life for Ben Lomond resident Robert “Bob” Golding will be held in Massachusetts next week.
Mr. Golding died peacefully Sept. 8, surrounded by friends and family, after health complications. He was 65.
Born and raised in Walpole, Mass., Mr. Golding attended Bridgeton Academy and Syracuse University.
A longtime resident of Hollywood and Ridge Manor, Fla., Mr. Golding moved to Ben Lomond in 2009 upon retirement from the state of Florida’s Department of Veterans Affairs after 33 years on the job.
Relatives said he took great pride in his career and was the best in his field. He had a love for his country, they said, and an amazing sense of patriotism.
Mr. Golding volunteered in 1969 to serve the United States Army in Vietnam, where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal W/60 Device, Expert Badge with Rifle Bar, Vietnam Service Medal and Sharpshooter Badge. He felt it was his duty to volunteer, as his father, Robert E. Golding Sr., a United States Marine, had served in World War II.
Mr. Golding and his wife, Penny, renewed their wedding vows on their 40th anniversary and were married for 44 years.
Before his illness, Mr. Golding enjoyed kayaking, camping, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing, family reunions and watching Monday Night Football. He loved the outdoors; the music of John Denver, The Moody Blues, James Taylor and The Eagles; and above all, his family. He also enjoyed watching grandsons Dylan and Cole Leonard play baseball, basketball and soccer.
He is survived by his wife, Penny (Scott) Golding of Ben Lomond; daughter, Courtney Golding Leonard, and her husband, Steve, of Scotts Valley; mother, Barbara S. (Shufelt) Golding of Walpole, Mass.; sister, Sarah E Amico of Plainville, Mass.; two grandsons; and many other close relatives.
He is preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Golding; and brother, W. Prescott Golding.
Mr. Golding will be buried in Walpole. A celebration of his life is planned for Sept. 30, a Sunday, also in Walpole.