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May 12, 2010 1:23 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Charles Golding, 39, of Westhampton Beach succumbs to liver disease

May 12, 2010 1:23 PM

Charlie Golding of Westhampton Beach was the kind of person who would give someone a quarter even if he only had 50 cents.

“He was just the type of guy that was always helping out,” said Michael Wexler, Mr. Golding’s brother-in-law.

Mr. Golding, a 14-year veteran of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department and lifelong resident of the village, died at Peconic Bay Medical Center on Thursday, May 6, from complications of liver disease. He was 39.

“Nobody can believe it. It’s very tragic,” Mr. Wexler said. “I’m going to miss him.”

Family members received visitors at a wake on Monday, May 10, at the Follett and Werner Funeral Home in Westhampton Beach. Firematic services were also held Monday evening. Mr. Golding was cremated and his ashes were interred at the Quogue Cemetery on Tuesday, May 11, during a private funeral.

Mr. Golding was a loving person with a great sense of humor, said his fiancée, Carin Goebel, but most importantly, he was a great father to his children Chase, 13 and Paige, 10.

“He was a wonderful father, above anything else, and a great friend to everyone,” she said.

Ms. Goebel said she was going to marry Mr. Golding at his hospital bedside on Friday, May 7, but he died before they got the chance.

Mr. Golding was also the manager at Neptune Beach Club in East Quogue.

He joined the Westhampton Beach fire department in 1988 and was part of the force that battled the 1995 wildfires that ravaged the Pine Barrens in western Southampton Town. Mr. Golding also fought the Yardarm Condominium fire that gutted the complex in Westhampton Beach the same year, Mr. Wexler said.

Al Tudisco, the chief of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department, said that when he joined the department, Mr. Golding was a captain who was well liked.

“He pretty much showed me how to be an officer,” he said. “He was an all around good guy.”

Mr. Golding was also active in other arenas of the Westhampton Beach community, including serving as a member of the Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. Tim Laube, the president of the committee, who also knew Mr. Golding in high school, said Mr. Golding was a tremendous help, even when he was sick.

“This type of guy, he’d never hurt anyone, but he would help anyone,” he said.

A memorial fund has been established for Mr. Golding’s children. Donations can be sent to the Charlie Golding Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 242, Westhampton, NY, 11977, or www.charlieslivertransplant.com.

In addition to his children, Mr. Golding is survived by his mother, Silvia Downs-Golding of Westhampton Beach; siblings Noal Golding, Walter R. Golding and Laurie Wexler of Westhampton, and ex-wife Jennifer Jehulka. He was predeceased by his father, Walter Golding.

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Condolences to the Golding family. Sounds like your dad was a great man.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on May 11, 10 1:21 PM
Rest in peace my friend, we will miss you.
By cush870 (31), Westhampton Beach on May 11, 10 2:25 PM
Had a lot of good times with Charlie! Summer will not be the same without him!!
By GoldenBoy (350), EastEnd on May 11, 10 4:23 PM
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