Final Tribute to S. Del Goldsmith

In Memory of Member
S. Del Goldsmith

March 4, 1906 - February 18, 2011

S. Del Goldsmith, the oldest volunteer firefighter in Putnam County (NY), highly esteemed life member and Chaplain Emeritus of both the Patterson Fire Department and Putnam Northern Westchester Fire Police Association, answered his last alarm just two weeks shy of his 105 birthday.

Del's volunteer career began in 1941, serving the NYFD as a member of a ladder company on 51st Street, because of the shortage of manpower due to World War II. He also joined the Roslyn Volunteer Fire Department on Long Island where he resided at the time. He moved to Patterson in 1955 where he promptly joined the Patterson Fire Department No. 1 where he served in many capacities. His last assignment was with the department's fire police company, a duty he considered an important noble endeavor. He remained active in department affairs for fifty years. In commemoration of his 100th year, the department named their main fire headquarters, the S. Del Goldsmith - Station No. 1. He was on hand for the building dedication on Memorial Day 2006 to address the gathering and take an active part in the services.

Del belonged to the NYS Association of Fire Chaplains, he was a Life Member of FASNY, Life member of the Hudson Valley VFA, Charter Member of the the Putnam Northern-Westchester Fire Police Association and Royal Order of Blue Vests and Life Member of the Putnam County VFA.

He was also a member of many legal organizations including the American Bar Association. Goldsmith retired as a senior partner of the international and trademark firm of Ladas, Parry, VonGehr, Goldsmith and Deschamps in 1976. He graduated from Columbia University in 1926 and NYU School of law in 1942. His wife Ann, of 75 years, predeceased him in 2007 at age 100.

A fire department memorial service, conducted by Fire Chaplains Paul Maass, John Coyne, Robert Ruston, and Rev. James Van Houten, was held on February 26, 2011 preceding his internment at the Maple Avenue Cemetery in Patterson next to his wife Ann.

Death is not the greatest loss in life.
The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

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