Ira M. Goldberg, 77, passed away peacefully at home on December 24th with his beloved wife Carol (King) and devoted dog Kayley by his side.
Born in Hartford Connecticut he was the son of William and Lillian (Gersten) Goldberg. He was raised in Colchester, graduating from Bacon Academy in 1959. Ira interrupted his college studies to join the Merchant Marine to see the world. Subsequently he was drafted into the Army in 1965 and served his country in Vietnam. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration at Central Connecticut State College in 1972. During his college years he worked for GMAC as a “repo man.”
After graduation Ira joined the government Defense Contract Administration Service (DCAS) district office in Hartford as a Quality Assurance Specialist. He became a Contract Specialist Trainee in 1974 and in 1983 he joined the Air Force Plant Representative Office (AFPRO) at Pratt & Whitney as an Administrative Contracting Officer, retiring in 1996 from the Defense Logistics Agency - Defense Contract Management Command.
Ira and Carol married in 1984 and made their home in Hebron. He loved nature and simple country life, enjoying walks in the woods, gathering and splitting wood maintaining the wood stove to keep us comfy in cold winter months, and fearlessly taking on all kinds of projects around the house. Ira also enjoyed escaping New England weather with trips to Florida and the Caribbean. He was an avid poker player, enjoyed technical analysis of stock trends and took delight in the hunt for the perfect convertible sports car.
Ira was predeceased by his parents, his brother Eugene Goldberg and sister Joan Dartnell.
He leaves behind his loving wife Carol, his brother Bruce Grayson and dear friend Sandi Wilson, sister-in-law Holly Peterson and husband Darrell, brother-in-law Gary King and wife Dianne, his much loved nephew Rian Dartnell and wife Sabine and much loved niece Ashley Dartnell-Steinberg and husband Bruce, his nephew Devon Dartnell and wife Maryann, his niece Jill Granville and husband Carson, nephews Marcus, Eric (Felicia) and Ben (Aga) Peterson and Keith Gouin, along with many grand nieces and nephews.
In keeping with Ira’s wishes there will be no services. A celebration of his life will be held with family in the Spring. In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice in his memory.