Alan Philip Goldberg

February 12, 1952March 26, 2021

Alan Philip Goldberg was the son of Emanuel Goldberg and Frieda Pessel, and the brother of Joel and Meryl. Alan’s parents, his sister and first wife Cathy predeceased him; he is survived by his brother Joel, his wife Dawn, his daughters Allison and Michelle, son-in-law Jeremy, stepsons Jack and Joey, daughter-in-law Mary Beth, brothers-in-law Elliot and J.B, sister-in-law Laurie, many cousins, nieces, nephews and his beloved grandchildren JJ, Joy, and Max.

Alan was born on February 12, 1952 and grew up in Flushing, Queens, New York. Growing up, he and his brother Joel worked as delivery boys for the family business and Alan later worked in catering until he graduated from Queens College with a major in Physical Education and a minor in Business.

While in college, Alan met Cathy Knott and they eloped in 1972 and were married for 32 years. The highlight of the marriage was the birth of their two daughters, Allison and Michelle.

While in New Mexico, Alan began working for GE. He stayed with the company through 9 moves and many promotions to places including California, Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and finally North Carolina. Alan invested 40 years in the company. He was a great leader who was respected by not only those who worked for him, but also by the executives for whom he worked. He was the go-to person for all levels.

Alan and Dawn met working at GE in Raleigh and were married in Costa Rica in 2009. Their marriage brought together a blended family that Alan welcomed as his own.

Alan’s greatest joy in life was spending quality time, usually over a meal, with his family and friends. He loved to travel to exotic places, including visiting

Allison and Jeremy across the world during their service in the U.S. Navy. One of his most recent accomplishments was traveling to Antarctica to achieve his goal of having traveled to all seven continents. Alan arguably never retired. Even after he left GE/Genworth, he stayed busy volunteering at the USO, working out at the gym, taking classes at NC State, and spending his time with his grandchildren. Being a Paw-Paw to JJ, Joy, and Max meant so much to him. He loved spicy food, loungewear, washing his car, giving detailed tutorials, and anything and everything about the United States Postal Service or the airport. He loved his siblings, and any opportunity to come home to New York where he was guaranteed to enjoy his sister Meryl’s cooking.

Alan will be missed by all who knew him, remembered as a person who could be counted on to do the right thing, and lived his life with a gentle strength and a smile.

A CELEBRATION of Life will be held in honor of Alan on Sunday the 11th at 2pm. The celebration will be held outdoors at:

Chapel Hill Carriage House

3110 Jones Ferry Road

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

The attire is casual.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the USO in Alan’s name at the following link: Donate to the USO · United Service Organizations

Please select “In Honor of Block” and enter Alan Goldberg. You can have the "in tribute" card mailed to:

Dawn Aschenbrenner

5804 Laurel Rock Lane

Raleigh, NC 27613


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Alan Philip Goldberg

have a memory or condolence to add?

Robert Knott

April 12, 2021

To me, Alan was a brother-in-law who was much more a brother or a best friend. I saw up-close what a good husband he was to my late sister Cathy and then to Dawn. He was always a superb father to his children, a gracious, generous host to visitors, a wise, non-judgmental advisor, and great company for all lucky enough to have come into his circle. We shared so many good times and laughs together, and it is these times I will always treasure. Shalom my good brother, I'm so much a better person for having known you!

Anne & William Gilpin

April 8, 2021

Alan was a much loved Brother, Uncle, Friend, within our family. I was able to seek his help and insight during various times of (perceived/actual) crisis in my own family. He was generous with gifts, help, support, when it was needed. He was there to listen, and to care. I never imagined that I'd live longer than Alan. He made the best and wisest health choices. Its hard to accept I'll not see him again here on Earth. But his spirit and wisdom will always be part of me, along with his love and non-judgemental nature. I'm glad he enjoyed the love and comfort of Spouse, Dawn, his children, in-laws, stepchildren, grandkids, and BABY MAX in his final months. I see his smile now as he interacted with everyone! Godspeed, Dear Alan, to whatever is the next chapter in your life!

Lynda & Paul Harrison

April 7, 2021

Our friend for almost 20 years through sad times and happy times, we can’t believe Alan is gone so soon and we will cherish our memories of all the fun and games we’ve had with him over the years. He was always game for a laugh and the first to arrive at our New Year’s Eve party. Our sincere condolences to Dawn and all the family on the loss of such a lovely man. You will be sorely missed Alan, thanks for all the good times and may you Rest In Peace.

Charlie Cable

April 1, 2021

I had the great pleasure of working with Allen on every other Friday at the USO at RDU. He would go out of his way to make sure each service member felt at home during their stay with us. He was know to us as our own short order cook. It was always amazing what he could make using only the cooking equipment at the USO. He will be missed by me and the other volunteers

Donald Winn

April 1, 2021

My heart hurts today in hearing of Allen‘s passing. I volunteered with him once at RDU USO. It was very memorable as we talked about a little bit of everything for the shift. Because of Covid schedule change and me leaving the area I was never able to volunteer again with Allen. He help me understand where I was at in my financial plan and I really appreciated that.