Sunday, October 5, 2003

Obituary


Bruce Goldstein 'was just there for everybody else'

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MONTGOMERY - Bruce J. "Turtle" Goldstein - a longtime volunteer for several nonprofit organizations and a retired businessman - loved adventure and helping others.

The Montgomery man died Sept. 26 in Blue Ash. He was 53.

Mr. Goldstein earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Miami, Fla., in 1972.

A longtime resident of Cincinnati, he ran the family business, Goldstein-Schwartz Inc., a manufacturer of industrial rubber, plastic and metal hose, until he retired in 1998.

His non-professional life was packed with volunteerism.

"Whatever he could do for other people, that was what his life was. He was just there for everybody else," said a friend, June Simonof Amberley Village.

Mrs. Simon and Mr. Goldstein read for the blind on Radio Reading Services, which broadcasts on WRRS, cable TV, and on closed-circuit TV systems in hospitals and senior facilities.

He volunteered for the Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual bike tour fund-raiser and the One Way Farm Children's Home in Fairfield.

As a volunteer with the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross and a member of the Queen City Emergency Network amateur radio team, Mr. Goldstein was sent on a number of local and national missions. He was dispatched to New York after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and helped provide meals to volunteers and rescue/relief workers.

He received a commendation from the City of Cincinnati in October 2001 for his service in New York. In December 2002 and January of this year, he was sent to Guam to assist in the relief efforts after typhoon Pongsona.

Mr. Goldstein owned Brugold Enterprises, which designed Web sites and provided a Web site service, www.brugold.org, for both commercial and charitable organizations.

In 1996, he was honored with an Inclusion Award by the Inclusion Network, a local volunteer group, for his efforts in helping people with disabilities to function in mainstream society.

He was also a pilot, skydiver and avid underwater photographer who traveled to far-flung places like Africa.

"He loved his Harley Davidson. He and my husband (Dr. Barry Simon) would ride together and travel to places such as South Carolina," said Mrs. Simon.

Mr. Goldstein was preceded in death by a brother, Scott, in 1966.

Survivors include his parents, Irving and Helene of Boynton Beach, Fla; and a brother, Michael, of St. Louis.

A celebration-of-life service for family and friends will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Lipson, 8320 Crestdale Court, Amberley Village.

Memorials: Scott Goldstein Memorial Fund-JCC, 10 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146.

E-mail kandrew@enquirer.com




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