Green Funeral Home


William L. Goldstein Sr.

February 13, 1926April 9, 2021

On Friday, April 9, 2021, William L. Goldstein, Sr., of Danbury, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at age 95.

Bill was born on February 13, 1926, in the Inwood section of Manhattan. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force and graduated with a BA degree from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, in 1947. That same year, he married the love of his life, Charlotte Farrell, on December 27, the day after a record-breaking snowfall brought the Northeast to a standstill. They were married for 61 years. After college Bill completed one year at Fordham Law School but left for a position at Royal Typewriter, which jumpstarted a lifelong career in sales and marketing, a natural outlet for Bill’s outgoing, competitive personality. Bill was extremely hard working and traveled extensively for business across the United States, as well as Europe, Japan, and Russia. He worked until age 84.

Bill was a natural ham and loved singing, and was known for his quick wit and infectious smile. He stayed physically active for a long time, following his grandchildren through the indoor mazes at the old Discovery Zone and running 5 and 10Ks until almost age 80. He had a passion for sports, especially his teams the NY Giants (football) and NY Yankees, and before they left New York, the NY Giants (baseball), and for history and reading. Bill was a member of St. Peter’s Church, Danbury, where he served as a lector for years and a men’s club member. He was appointed to the Board of Directors for HART and served on the Board of Directors for Shelter of the Cross (Renewal House).

Bill is survived by his five children: Eileen (Kevin) McMullin, Maureen (Michael) Garry, Colleen (Gary) Velez, Bill (Laura Lee) Goldstein, and Katie (Todd) Gallagher Appell; four grandchildren: Emma (Charlie) McGarvie, Ryley (Jacqui) Gallagher, Sean McMullin, and Ethan Garry; and seven great-grandchildren: Brady, Aiden, Caleb, Oliver, Evelyn, Keira, and Elaina. He is also survived by brother James (Lafaye Cobb) Goldstein as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by wife, Charlotte; his parents, Eleanor and Louis Goldstein; one sister, Sr. Marie (Louis) Goldstein, RSHM, and brothers Robert and Arthur Goldstein.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at St. Peter Church, 104 Main Street, Danbury, followed by burial at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Copps Hill Rd., Ridgefield. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers donations are requested to the Ridgefield Lions Club. Please make checks payable to the Ridgefield Lions Club, put CLERF (Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation) on the memo line, and send to the Ridgefield Lions Club, Mail Box 77, Ridgefield, CT 06877.


  • Ridgefield Lions Club to benefit the CT Lions Eye Research Foundation


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021


William L. Goldstein Sr.

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Tammy McFadden

May 13, 2021

Dear Maureen,

So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Sounds like he was a wonderful man. You must get your sense of wit from him.

With heartfelt condolences.

Tammy (WPS)

Patti Murawski

May 13, 2021

Dear Maureen and Michael,

My sincere condolences on the loss of your father/father-in-law.
What an extraordinary life he had!

I hope your memories will sustain you at this sad time.

-Patti Murawski

Donna Mareno

May 11, 2021

Uncle Billy added excitement and wisdom to many situations. Whether it was blessing us as children or entertaining us as adults with children; I am thankful for his presence during many family events.