Robert M. "Bob" Goldsmith

April 5, 1927April 17, 2014
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Robert M. “Bob” Goldsmith passed away April 17, 2014 at St Pat’s hospital. He was born on April 5, 1927 in Lake Charles where he lived for 87 years. He was the son of Dr. Ben and Florence Goldsmith, father of Leslie Goldsmith Katz and Matt Goldsmith, (mother Shirley Landsman Goldsmith, deceased) and loving husband of Elizabeth Partridge Goldsmith. He had four fantastic grandchildren, Lindsay Katz, Jeff Katz, Stephanie Gossman Bianchi, and Michelle Gossman. Other survivors include step daughter Melissa Gossman and husband Bryan, son-in-law David Katz, and nephews Doug, Gregg, and Randy Lipton. He was pre-deceased by his sister Marilyn Goldsmith Lipton and husband Donn as well as Shirley Landsman Goldsmith. Bob graduated Lake Charles High School, served in the U.S. Navy, and then attended McNeese College before graduating from Tulane University. His career began as an independent rancher and then worked for Love’s Mens Store, before beginning a career in the oil business. He was an oil lease broker and then became a partner and Vice President of Brownie Drilling Company. Later he became Manager of Goldsmith Farms LLC until his retirement. Bob loved Lake Charles and served the community in many ways that include: Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and Calcasieu Parish Public Trust, Chairman of IMCAL, Chairman of C.C.O.A., Board of Calcasieu Parish Library, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Board of Directors of the United Way, Member of the Chamber of Commerce of SW LA and The Calcasieu Rangers. He was a member of Temple Sinai and served as President of the Congregation. Bob was the local chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and served on its Regional Board. He was on the board of directors for Lakeside National Bank and the advisory board of Jeff Davis Bank, was also a member of the Lake Charles Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree Mason. In addition to all of the Community involvement, Bob cherished his friends and family. He loved to tell stories with a twinkle in his eye and was always ready to entertain others with his cajun jokes and tall tales. He participated in a poker group that was always ready for his “joke of the week”. His caregivers always loved his sense of humor. He was especially fond of Sylvia Sonnier whose love and devotion comforted him until his last breath. Ol’ Bob loved his chocolate and his loyal dog Sonny, who was his best friend and always there for him. He treasured his time with Elizabeth, his family and friends on their wharf on River Road. Bob was an avid skier and was easily identifiable by the bells he had on his poles. He enjoyed boating and hunting but he had an often conflicting passion for golf. He sometimes had trouble playing because most of his golf buddies “already had threesomes.” Donations in his memory may be made to the United Way, Salvation Army, or the American Stroke Association. Funeral Service will begin at 1:00 pm on Monday, April 21 at Temple Sinai on Hodges Street. Visitation is from 5-7pm Sunday, April 20 at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Sunday, April 20, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 21, 2014

Robert M. "Bob" Goldsmith

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Robert Gani

May 4, 2014

Dear Elizabeth, Matt & Leslie and Family

We have been out of town and have just learned of Bob's passing. Bob was a special man to me and over the years I enjoyed visiting with him and learning from him. He will always be remembered by us

Julie and Robert Gani

Ginger Brown Basone'

April 29, 2014

Matt and Leslie,
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. May you find some comfort in knowing that you had a wonderful Dad and your life was enriched because of him! Ginger Brown Basone'

Jennifer Geerts

April 22, 2014

Dear Elizabeth,

I was so sad to hear about Mr. Bob. Sending you much love & prayers.

Jennifer Geerts (walgreens -Lake Street)

Raegan Verret Ferrington

April 21, 2014

I've woken up to sad news. I will miss "Ol Bob." I will miss his jokes.. our coffee time.. and his "salads" (which is gin and an olive). I never had the pleasure of knowing him before his stroke -- but I sure did love him! He often told me that his favorite part of working out with me were the breaks. He always told the same sassy jokes... and sometimes shared his chocolate. It's just like him to wait and pass after another birthday (which was April 5th). We would count down the days to our birthdays together since they were in the same month. All our lives, we lived right next to each other but didn't get to meet until I was an adult. Rest in peace old friend! I love you!

Jody & Paige Davidson

April 21, 2014

Dear Elizabeth, Leslie, Matt, and Family.
We send all our love & condolences. Uncle Bobby was such a dear friend to Dad and to the Davidson Family. He will be greatly missed!

Kathy Guthrie

April 21, 2014

We will miss Mr. Bob so much, we only knew him for about a year, while he was at the Guardian's, where my Dad Gilbert Landry was. Our prayer are with all of you. May you rest in well deserved peace Mr. Bob
Kathy Guthrie

April 21, 2014

Dear Elizabeth, Leslie, Matt, and all the Family,
We send our love and condolences to you all. Uncle Bobby was such a dear friend to Dad & the Davidson Family. He will be greatly missed!
Love, Jody & Paige Davidson

Kim Davidson-Ruby

April 20, 2014

Sending Liz, Leslie, Matt, and the family our love and sympathy. Uncle Bobby was very special to me...many memories of riding on the back of his horse with him in Gillis, lots of laughs, stories, songs, and times with our family and your's.
I was proud to have him as my godfather. I loved his smiles and hugs.
Kim Davidson-Ruby and Pete Ruby

Lenny Abelman

April 19, 2014

Very sorry to see the new of Bobby's passing..I have childhood memories of him on water skis....was my idol.

American Stroke Association

April 19, 2014

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.