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John Charles Golden Jr.

December 11, 1934February 17, 2021

John Charles Golden, Jr. passed away on February 17, 2021.

He was born on December 11, 1934 in Bordentown, New Jersey to parents Calesta Platt and John Charles Golden, Sr.

During high school, John was elected senior class president and lettered in three sports. In 2001, he was inducted into the Bordentown Regional High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He attended Juniata College, where on the first day of college, he met his future wife of nearly 60 years, Betty Ann Beatty. He earned six letters playing basketball and baseball for Juniata. He later graduated from Rider University in New Jersey.

John served in the United States Army Security Agency and was stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. He played baseball across the region for the Clark Air Base Bombers. He and his wife made their life together in the Philadelphia area. He began work in the personnel department at U.S. Steel and then had a 40-year career as a hospital administrator at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

In 2009, John and Betty retired to WindsorMeade in Williamsburg, Virginia where they had many good friends and were active in the community. They enjoyed travel and spent several summers exploring all corners of the globe, usually ending with a vacation at Hilton Head Island. Betty passed away in 2018.

John is survived by his loving family, including his children, Jill G. White (Andrew) of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia and Gregory J. Golden (Jennifer), of Arlington, Virginia; and four grandchildren, Madeline K. White, George W. White, John C. Golden III, and Blake G. Golden.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2021 and available for streaming on demand at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church YouTube channel. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a gift be made in John’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation ( or Williamsburg Presbyterian Church (

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Connie Magruder

February 24, 2021

John and Betty were one of the first couples my late husband and I met as neighbors. We enjoyed many activities together, also lots of conversation about Philadelphia area as I had lived there also.
I am a native of Virginia and I would describe John as a true Southern Gentleman. He will be missed.
Connie Magruder


February 22, 2021

Greg and Jill,
Your Dad was a great friend and wonderful co-worker with me at Chestnut Hill Hospital for over 25 years. He welcomed me on my first day, made me feel very much at home and stayed by my side through thick and thin all that time. Your Mom was also close to my late wife and me and we missed them both after our retirements and their move to Williamsburg. We also watched both of you grow up into the wonderfully accomplished adults that you are - I know they were very proud of you and your families!
I only wish we had been able to keep in closer touch - the good intentions were there for us all, but life got in the way.....
Please accept my most sincere condolences and deepest sympathy on the loss of your wonderful father. Blessings upon you and your children,
Cary Leptuck

David Horton

February 21, 2021

May the Lord fill your hearts with peace in your time of need. John has been chosen to join the angels in watching over his family. He will live forever in our hearts and minds. Peace and love to all. Cousin David Horton, Burlington, N.J.

Susan Shangraw

February 20, 2021

What great memories we have all shared. Uncle Jack is back with Aunt Betty mom and dad. Probably back wearing those crazy old clothes. They use to laughing and dancing under the stars in Sea Pines somewhere. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all tonight, tomorrow and going forward. Those great trips you guys just planned will be another remembrance of your dad and how he helped you guys make future plans. Sending all my love. Susan

Tim Hart

February 20, 2021

I first met John at Jill and Andrew‘s wedding and was immediately struck by the warmth of his friendly welcome. I told John I worked at Verizon. He said he had played golf with the CEO of Verizon the previous week, and wondered if I knew him. We both shared a laugh when I pointed out that this twenty-something junior programmer hadn’t yet caught his attention! My every recollection of John is touched by memories of his warmth and hospitality, and his genuine friendliness.

John Madel

February 18, 2021

I really enjoyed John’s company here at WindsorMeade. We did a lot of things together including going to football, basketball and baseball games at William and Mary. John was an avid sports fan especially for his Philadelphia teams. We frequently dined together both on and off campus including every Sunday before the pandemic of joining others at a table for Sunday brunch. I will miss his discussions and talking together. May he Rest In Peace.