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Robert William Goeldner Sr.

October 14, 1937 ~ January 31, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Robert Goeldner Sr. Obituary

Robert William Goeldner Sr., aged 86, peacefully departed on January 31, 2024, surrounded by the comforting presence of his children, at The Atrium at Cardinal Drive in Agawam, MA. Born on October 14, 1937, in Holyoke, MA, Bob and his sister, Linda Oldenburg (1942 - 2015) were lovingly raised in the Springdale neighborhood by their parents, William and Audna “Honey” (Francis) Goeldner. He played trumpet and caroused with fellow car enthusiasts at Holyoke High School and graduated in 1955. He joined his family's business, Bruno Goeldner Plumbing and Heating, achieving his master plumbing license and growing the business significantly.

Married to Ann Marie Satkowski in 1960, they shared the joy of raising six children: Carolyn, Anita Harding, Gretchen Carbone, Erica Metro, Geraldine “Gigi” Mancuso, and Robert Jr. “Bobby.” Following a divorce in 1982, Bob met Sharyn Caron, whom he married in 1986. Their union endured until her passing in 2021.

Bob's legacy extends beyond the family realm; he played a pivotal role, along with his partners and employees at BG Mechanical Contractors, in growing his family's business into one of New England’s largest union mechanical contractors. An avid enthusiast, he spent over 50 years as a member of the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America), showcasing his skills in open-wheeled Formula Ford race cars. After a major racing incident, Bob shifted gears. Inspired by his earlier years in the Coast Guard Reserve, he took up sailing, enjoying the seas in his immaculately prepared boats from Westbrook, CT to Greenport, LI, and Newport, RI to Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard.

Having provided his children with college educations and achieving remarkable success in his business endeavors, Bob retired and, with Sharyn, built a home in Osprey, Florida. A dynamic character, Bob spent summers in Suffield, Connecticut, showcasing a zest for life that included a passion for racing historic cars, golfing, travel, and spending time with his 10 grandchildren (Jacob Harding, Mee Rae Harding, Nick Carbone, Jenna Carbone, Tate Metro, Maya Metro, Emilio Mancuso, Dominic Mancuso, Lucas Goeldner, Annika Goeldner). Bob also leaves two nieces, Christina Oldenburg and Julie Halvorsen.

In his later years, Bob faced the challenges of dementia, valiantly fighting its effects. Before Sharyn’s passing, she arranged for Bob to reside at The Atrium at Cardinal Drive’s memory care community in Agawam, MA. He was lovingly and expertly cared for there for over three years.

Bob's larger-than-life persona touched the hearts of all who knew him - a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, businessman, friend, life-long mustache wearer, sun worshiper, race car driver, skier, yachtsman, cursing golfer, and artist. He will be dearly missed. A celebration of life service is planned for this summer for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Springfield, who provided prayers and support during Bob's challenging journey. Contributions can be made at

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