Ned Edward Goldsmith passed away at the Kline Hospice House in Mount Airy, Maryland on March 10, 2018, just shy of his 80th birthday. He was born April 12, 1938 in Charleston, West Virginia. He grew up there amid his siblings, many cousins and friends, who together created legendary mischief. Ned’s creative antics inspired stories that will be handed down for generations.
Ned graduated from Charleston High School and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College. Ned was introduced to flying at a young age. It remained his passion.
Ned proudly served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1969. After his service in the Navy, he flew corporate jets for many years. He maintained an active pilot license until the final year of his life and had planned to fly a glider to celebrate his 80th birthday. He later took up ranching in Wyoming and Colorado. He was a deeply loyal friend with a gypsy soul, a kind heart, and had a lust for adventure. Ned shared his zest for life with his family by celebrating his 60th birthday on the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier docked at Charleston, South Carolina.
His parents, Rebecca Dickinson and Edward Irwin Goldsmith, preceded him in death as did his sister, Maude Goldsmith Carr. He is survived by his brother, Robert Fletcher Goldsmith; his children: Andrea Kaleta, Carrie Mullen (Greg), and Christopher Goldsmith. Also surviving him are five grandchildren: Nastassia and Zofia Kaleta, Isaiah Goldsmith, and Evelyn and Hailey Mullen.
We are thankful to Dr. Kanan Hudhud for his compassionate care and to Ned’s Middletown, Maryland families-by-affection, for their loving support and friendship during the last years of his life.
Interment with Military Honors will be at Saint Francis Cemetery, San Juan Island, Washington on, Saturday March 24, 2018 at 2 p.m., with a celebration of Ned’s life later in the afternoon at the Roche Harbor Resort at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Dr. Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607 in Ned Goldsmith’s name.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Onsite Crematory Inc. of Anacortes, Washington. To share a memory of Ned, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.