Watervliet-Michael Alan Golding, 68 passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. Born January 26, 1954, he was the son of the late Edward E. Golding and Mary Joyce Ducatt Golding.
Mike grew up in Green Island where he graduated Heatley High School, class of 1972. He went on to study art at the former Rosary Hill College in Buffalo. He later graduated from Hudson Valley Community College as a student of Computer Aided Design. He started his career working alongside his father on the D & H railroad. For many years he was employed by Keis Distributors, where he was a member of Teamsters Local 294 and served as Shop Steward. He later joined the drafting department at the former Tougher Industries, where he served as CAD Manager until 2012. He was proud of the many projects around the greater Capital Region he designed. From a young age he was a gifted artist and continued drawing and painting throughout his life. He had a passion for photography and for many years his camera was his companion at family celebrations, community events and family vacations at Lake Bomoseen, Vermont.
Above all, he considered his children his greatest accomplishment. He was most proud of their academic successes and supported their creative pursuits, shuttling them to dance and guitar lessons for years. He always welcomed his children’s friends into his home and treated them as his own. His son’s bandmates regularly held practiced at his house where he was affectionately greeted as “Mr. G”.
In 2013, he cherished his role as father of the bride, welcoming another gifted artist into his family, his son-in-law Philip Montelone. In 2015, he welcomed his first grandchild, Perry Montelone and cherished his new role as “Poppy.” Mike was elated to attend his son, Steven’s wedding to his soulmate and partner, Geraldine Gutierrez this past summer.
Mike will be remembered by all who knew him for his keen sense of humor, love of music, especially the Beatles, and his deep love of his family. He was a man of private daily prayer who always said “I’ve been very blessed”.
He is survived by his wife, Laurie; his daughter, Ella Golding Montelone (Philip); his son, Steven Golding (Geraldine Gutierrez); his sisters, Marianne Miranda, Meg
Spiegel (Michael) and Kate Christopher (Frank); his brother, Fr. Edward Golding; his brother-in law, Jay Jillson; his sister-in-law, Claire Green (Ralph); many beloved nieces and nephews; and “his favorite guy,” grandson, Perry Montelone.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his father-in-law, Richard Jillson; mother-in-law, Elna Stevens Jillson; brother-in-law, Steven Jillson; and sister-in-law, Janet Barber Jillson.
In addition, he leaves a large extended family that was very dear to him: the St. Claire and Boule families of Washington County; the Sittler family of Cooperstown; the Montelone family of Saratoga; the Callery family of Johnstown; several Ducatt cousins and his best friend since childhood, Michael O’Hearn.
Family and friends are invited to call at Parker Bros Memorial Funeral Home, 2013 Broadway in Watervliet on Sunday, October 30, 2022 from 2pm-6pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make a donation to The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation in Memory of Michael A. Golding. Hvcc.edu/giving/online.html.