Harvey E. Goldberg ’71

Harvey Goldberg, beloved father, grandfather, son, brother, husband, uncle, cousin, and friend was tragically struck by a car and killed while out walking in his neighborhood on January 5, 2023. A friend to all, Harvey was a kind and loving soul, devoted to his family and friends, full of humor and contagious laughter. He had many and varied intellectual interests and had an unusual gift for listening.

The son of Albert and Judith Goldberg, Harvey grew up in Holyoke Massachusetts, attended public schools there through eighth grade, and then spent his high school years at Williston Academy in Easthampton, Mass, where he was the editor in chief of the school newspaper. He attended and graduated from Yale University, where he studied philosophy and economics, and where he sang in the famed Yale Russian Chorus. He later earned a second undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his interest in computers and computer technology became the focus of his early career.

After working for a number of years in the Boston area, Harvey moved to South Florida, where he lived until his death. In Florida he continued working as an electronic engineer until he gravitated to working with family business interests. There he met his wife, Cindi Goldberg (Tresser), and they were married until she pre-deceased him.

Harvey maintained his lively intellectual interests throughout his life as an avid reader of nonfiction books, periodicals, and documentaries- especially around history, economics, and current events. He had a love of music and especially opera, and he was a world traveler. But family was his greatest interest of all. He was beloved by all for his warmth, sense of humor, dry wit and humor, and his interest and helpfulness. Universally, upon hearing the tragic news, the reaction was some version of “Harvey- one of my very favorite people in the world.”

Harvey is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Goldberg and Mara Feil; his son-in-law Brian Feil; his brother, Steven Goldberg ’70; his sister in-law, Sandee Blechman; his sister, Michelle Marcus; his brother-in-law Robert Sherman; and his nieces and nephews Abby Goldberg (Scott Hechinger), Maryl Sackeim (Alex Sackeim), David Goldberg, Seth Marcus (Dayna), Jaimee Wold (Ryan); his grandchildren Clay and Dakota Feil; and his grand nephews and nieces Jonah Hechinger, Cooper and Rami Sackeim, Ava and Aven Wold, and Leighton Marcus. He is also survived by his cousins Louise Citron, Debbie Goldberg and Seth Waxman, and Janet and Richard Greenfield; Stephanie’s partner Jake; and his companion, Pam Kagan. He will be sorely missed by all.

Funeral Services and Burial for Harvey will be held 2:30pm, Sunday, January 8, 2023 at IJ Morris at Star of David of the Palm Beaches, 9321 Memorial Park Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33412.

11 thoughts on “Harvey E. Goldberg ’71”

  1. Harvey was one of the smartest and nicest kids in our class. I cannot remember him ever without a smile. Condolences to all his family and rest in peace Harve.

  2. I was very fond of Harvey and his brother Steve. They were in their own very different ways significant parts of the fabric of Williston. I send my heart-felt condolences to the entire family.

  3. I loved Harvey. He was smart, fun, modest, and a great person. We lived in Clark House together and he was a great source of intelligence and fun. I’m so sorry to hear of his untimely passing. I send my condolences to his family. I’m sure he will be remembered
    as a beautiful soul.

  4. So sorry to hear that our class has been depleted by one. Even to be lessened by one is too many as we are fewer and fewer. My thoughts and condolences go out to Harvey’s large familial support group, but to the rest of our class for his loss. I hope his family will see brighter days ahead by preserving his memory.

  5. While we didn’t share the dorm life experience together or spend much class time together, we did cross paths and had many opportunities to talk and share thoughts and idea’s with each other. Harvey was open, warm, friendly and engaging. It was always a pleasure to spend time with him. It was easy to talk with him because he had such a breadth of knowledge, passion and he listened.
    I am sorry that he has left our world too soon but thankful for and appreciative of the time we spent sharing bits and pieces of our youthful experiences and energies together. My condolences go out to his family and long time best friends. I am sorry for your losses. May your memories bring you comfort andlong lasting joy.

  6. I just learned about the loss of Harvey and am stunned and dismayed. He was an essential and intimate part of life at Williston Academy. Thinking about Williston always is/was intertwined with memories of experiences and friends and the person of Harvey Goldberg always appeared foremost in my mind. The world will be a different place without his presence. RIP my dear friend. You will be sorely, sorely missed.

  7. To Harvey’s family and everyone who knew him:
    This is a tragedy beyond all scope of imagination. I remember Harvey helping me with my homework. He had a great facile mind (as we all know) and caring person. Even though we haven’t spoken since we graduated in 1971…I miss him all the more.
    Best wishes to his family and everyone who benefited from his presence.

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