Obituary of Joseph "Joe" Dine Goldys
Joseph (Joe) Dine Goldys passed away peacefully on January 11, 2024.
Adopted at the age of 3 days old by Hazel and Arthur, Joe was blessed with an amazing life growing up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. At a young age, Joe developed a love for sports, particularly golf. Upon graduation from Wilbraham and Monson Academy, Joe took his brains and his brawn to Nasson College in Maine.
After graduation, Joe was a merchandising specialist for Kings Dominion Theme Park in Virginia, followed by Stone Mountain Park in Georgia. During that time, Joe met and married Dawn. A few years later they had their one and only perfect child, Whitney Amanda Goldys. Joe always liked to tease Dawn that they were going to name her Gladys Gertrude Goldys, and he could be heard calling her that every now and then…along with his other nickname for her, “Scumptious”. As Whitney grew up and started her activities, Joe was always at every single one…sitting as far away from the other parents as possible. He could never understand why every parent thought their child, “was the next Mia Hamm.” It drove him crazy…but he loved to watch Whitney do things she loved.
Speaking of love, Joe was elated when Whitney went to college and joined a sorority. He loved meeting her friends and doing weekly dinners with them. He was a permanent fixture in the Greek Village, and if you were one of Whitney’s “best friends”, then you certainly knew Joe. Joe was also ecstatic when Whitney met and married Brad. Not only because it meant she was finally off of his payroll, but because he knew that Brad was the best of the best. Not long after they were married, Whitney and Brad surprised Joe with the news of his first grandchild…and he cried and cried and cried. Anyone who knew Joe knew that besides Whitney, his grandkids were the joy of his life. Sullivan and Banks spent many nights playing games, building puzzles, and laughing with their Grandpa around the kitchen table. In October of 2022, after already beating cancer twice, Joe found out that he had a brain tumor. He was unsure if he was going to get to meet his third grandchild in December, as the outlook wasn’t great. Joe refused to give up, and far surpassed expectations. He was the first one to hold baby Barrett and he was able to spend an entire year with him.
To know Joe was to love Joe. He was unapologetically himself. It was his way or the highway. He could light up any room he walked into and could just as quickly clear it with his inappropriate banter. Affectionately called “the biggest pain in Whitney’s ass” while simultaneously always being the one to show up to everything, and always an hour early to get the best parking spot. Our hearts will forever long for another moment or memory with Grandpa Joe, but we find peace in knowing that he fought the good fight…and even came out victorious the first few rounds.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a direct donation to @Whitney-Seddon via Venmo. Whitney and her family will be assembling “Blessing Baskets” (full of snacks, treats, drinks, etc.) and will take them to those that helped with Joe’s care over the years. The list is as follows:
Agape Hospice House
Lexington Emergency Room
Lexington Laboratory and Pathology
Lexington Radiology and Imaging
Lexington Therapy (Occupational, Physical, and Respiratory)
North Tower Seventh Floor (PCU)
North Tower Sixth Floor (Intermediate ICU)
South Tower Third Floor (Step Down ICU)
There will be a Celebration of Life on January 20, 2024 at The Country Club of Lexington from 3:00-5:00 pm. 1066 Barr Road, Lexington, SC 29072.
The South Carolina Cremation Society is assisting the family. Family and friends may sign the online guest book by clicking on the “Tribute Wall” tab above.
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