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Richard A. Golden Sr., 90, of New Hampshire Drive, Plattsburgh, N.Y., and formerly of Rand Hill Road, Morrisonville, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at UVHN:CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh. He was born in Plattsburgh on Nov. 2, 1926, the son of Leo and Phyllis (Goodrow) Golden.
Richard graduated early from Plattsburgh High School in January of 1945, allowing him to enlist in the U.S. Army to serve his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1947 and soon after returned to Plattsburgh. Richard married the love of his life, Beverly Caple on June 19, 1948, at St. John's Church in Plattsburgh. He graduated from Plattsburgh State Teachers College and soon after took a teaching job at a Junior High School in Kinderhook, N.Y. He left teaching to work for Metropolitan Life in Norwich, Conn., for over seven years. Richard transferred with Metlife to Plattsburgh and continued to work for them for two years. He was then asked by a former classmate at Plattsburgh State Teachers College to take a teaching job at Saranac Central School. He retired from Morrisonville Elementary after 27 years in 1990. After retiring, Richard volunteered at CVPH Medical Center where he enjoyed visiting and talking to people. He always had students that he taught many years ago talk about him with real affection. Many loved his teaching style and humor. He really loved teaching.
Richard was predeceased by his wife, Beverly Golden in 1998, his parents and a brother, Robert J. Golden.
He survived by four children: Patricia G. Stone and her husband Jerry of North Carolina, Richard A. Golden Jr. and his wife Jeannine of Florida, Thomas J. Golden and his wife Christina of Plattsburgh and Michael J. Golden and his wife Beth of Arizona; six grandchildren: Jeremy Stone, Joshua Golden, Erica Calderone, Chelsea Golden, Alison Golden and Matthew Golden; several nieces and nephews also survive him.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at the Brown Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, at St. John's Church in Plattsburgh. Burial will be later in the year at St. Alexander's Cemetery in Morrisonville.
Donations in Richard's memory may be made to Hospice of the North Country.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901. (518) 561-3980. Online condolences may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published on March 11, 2017
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