William Goldenberg, 92,
of Cranford, N.J., passed away peacefully at
Overlook Hospital, Summit, N.J., on Saturday, March
Funeral services will be held
on Tuesday, March 8, at 1 p.m. at Menorah Chapels at
Millburn, 2950 Vaux Hall Rd., Union, N.J. Interment
will be at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, N.J.
Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Mr. Goldenberg was a
graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, Elizabeth,
and Ohio Northern University, where he received a
degree in civil engineering.
While employed by the
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, he was a
resident engineer for several major projects in the
metropolitan area, including the construction of the
World Trade Center Twin Towers, the third and final
tube of the Lincoln Tunnel, and the original control
tower at Newark Airport. He was responsible for
preparing the official code book for concrete used
in nuclear power plants.
Goldenberg served proudly in the Army Air Corps as a
navigator of a B-17, part of the Eighth Air Force
388th Bomb Group, flying 25 bombing missions in the
European Theatre. He was awarded the Distinguished
Flying Cross and the Air Medal with clusters. He had
completed two years of college before enlisting in
the service and returned after the war to complete
He was active in Temple Beth
El, Cranford, N.J., since 1949 and served as cub
master for Pack 175 from 1961 to 1965. Also a pilot,
he took his future bride-to-be on a flight over her
parents' house in Cranford on their second date.
Bill was married for 61 years to the one and only
love of his life, Sally (Scher) Goldenberg. He was
an incredibly loving and devoted father to his sons,
Jeffrey and his partner, Frances Willing, and Barry
and his wife, Carol. He was a gentle man, kind and
honest to all who were fortunate enough to know him.
Published in Star-Ledger on March 7, 2011
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