Richard Goldfinger

Obituary of Richard Everett Goldfinger

Richard Everett Goldfinger WEST WINDSOR, 91, passed away peacefully in his home on July 15, 2020. Dick, as lovingly known by his wide circle of family and friends, was born in Newark at the start of the depression and raised in Hillside.  He proudly played football for Hillside High before attending Seton Hall University, where he earned his accounting degree.  Dick was a true staple of the community both personally and professionally.  For his entire 44-year career, he was a CPA and partner in the firm of Stifelman and Goldfinger, which later became Goldfinger, Block, Glickenhaus, Dinar.  How fitting that he passed away on the revised tax day.  But it's his personal contributions and life experiences that will be most remembered. 

 

After a summer job as a Belmar beach lifeguard, his love for sun and sand was cemented and later shared with his beloved late-wife, Thelma, and their three sons.  When Dick and Thelma weren’t traveling, they truly lived the Jersey Shore lifestyle.  They spent their summers in Belmar and Long Branch with their family where they enjoyed fishing, waterskiing, building sandcastles and playing rooftop miniature golf.  Dick never missed the opportunity to satisfy his sweet tooth, ignoring the playful guff he’d get from Thelma over the course of their 54 years together.  Salt water taffy, Hoffman’s ice cream, Freedman’s donuts, Vesuvio’s thin crust pizza, and Zelbe’s steamers, whose business owners can all be a little grateful to Dick for his ever endless cravings.

 

A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Dick raised his family in West Orange and Basking Ridge, before retiring to West Windsor where he played bocce ball and spent time at the pool with neighbors.  Over the past seventy years, he was a member of six different synagogues and served on a variety of community-minded boards and committees.  Dick was loved by all who met him, having been immediately attracted to his gregarious personality, generous heart, endless stories and quick-witted sense of humor.

 

He is survived by his three sons, Jeffrey (Yeiry), James (Lori) and Joel (Jacqueline); brother David (Toby); eight grandchildren, (Jami, Jacey, Abraham, Chason, Asher, Daden, Lauren and Rachel); two great-grandchildren (Raegan and Bailey) and many loving nieces and nephews.  As all of the children before have gifted him with their own “symphonies," Dick's eternal voice will continue to sing along to Frank Sinatra, whose songs he loved so dearly and whose words he never forgot.

 

For the last 9 years, Dick enjoyed a wonderful, caring companionship with Barbara Kurlan.

 

We would be remiss in not acknowledging his personal aid from the last few years, Kwabena, for being his support and caretaker.  He had become part of our family and a cherished friend to Dick.  We would also like to thank James and Grace for their steadfast support. 

 

Burial service will be private.  Donations in Dick’s memory may be made to Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520 at http://www.bethel.net or Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

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