2011-02-24 / Obituaries

‘Del’ Goldsmith’s Last Alarm

S. Delvalle “Del” Goldsmith has answered his final alarm. Goldsmith died last Friday, 14 days short of his 105th birthday.

Goldsmith was an active volunteer with the Patterson Fire Department earning the distinction of Life Member and Chaplain Emeritus for his 50 years of active duty. On Memorial Day 2006, the Patterson Fire Department’s main station on Route 311 was named “S. Del Goldsmith-Station One” in his honor.

Goldsmith was a retired senior partner of the international and trademark firm of Ladas, Parry, VonGehr, Goldsmith and Deschamps. He graduated from Columbia University in 1926 and the NYU School of Law in 1942.

Patterson FD Chief Frank Smith told the Courier Tuesday that Goldsmith was “much more than our spiritual and legal advisor. Del set a high standard and example for all to follow.”

John Bodor, lieutenant with both the Patterson FD Fire Police and the Putnam County Fire Police Response Team, said, “When Del spoke people listened.”

Goldsmith’s wife of 75 years, Ann, predeceased her husband at the age of 100 in 2007. He is survived by his son Stephen and daughter Susan, son-in-law Ronald Franz, three grandchildren—Elizabeth, Christopher, and Brandon and two greatgrandchildren, Alex and Stephanie.

A fire department memorial ceremony is Saturday at the Dwyer Funeral Home on South Street in Patterson at 11am. Interment will follow at Maple Avenue Cemetery. Emergency responders: full dress uniform. A reception for family and guests will be held at the Patterson FD Del Goldsmith Station following the burial.

—Eric Gross

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