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Official Obituary of

Richard "Tom" Gold

April 17, 1934 ~ March 27, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Richard "Tom" Gold Obituary

Richard “Tom” Gold, 88, of Watsontown, peacefully passed away with his daughter by his side, Monday, March 27, 2023 at his home.

Born April 17, 1934 in McEwensville, he was the son of the late Wilbur and Dollie (Hawkins) Gold (Derr). On May 4, 1954, he married the former Juanita M. Hall in McEwensville, and together they celebrated 44 years of marriage until her death on December 12, 1998.

Tom honorably served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard from 1949-1953 and was discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He was a 32nd Degree Mason with 60 years of membership to the Watsontown Lodge #401, a life-member of the Watsontown American Legion, and served on the Cemetery Board for the Paradise United Church of Christ.

For over 55 years, Tom owned and operated his own plumbing and heating business.  More recently, Tom joined The Improved Milton Experience (T.I.M.E.) organization where he worked as the “Master Gardner” for the Chef’s Place community garden boxes.  Each season, he planted and attended to the garden boxes in downtown Milton.  Then at harvest time, he would deliver the vegetables to the local senior apartments.  Recently, Tom was awarded the “Gardener of the Year” award through T.I.M.E.  

Though he was not a “real” certified master gardener, Tom did possess a real gift when it comes to growing things in soil.  Known to many as the "Plant Doctor,” family and friends would deliver their fading house plants to him in the "front room hospital" for care and recovery.  He was a proud winner of five blue ribbons at the Bloomsburg Fair for his vegetables and flowers.  Whether it was preparing a garden or flowerbed for the season, planting, growing, or harvesting any vegetable, fruit, or flower, his hands were simply magical.

Tom loved visiting friends, bringing a handful of his fresh vegetables or a bouquet of flowers any day of the week.  It brought him immense joy to share the fruits of his labors with those he loved.

Tom and his best friend, Jack Dildine, shared a passion for fishing. He caught many trophy fish from Lake Charleston, Ontario, Canada; Salmon River, Pulaski, New York; and Sunnybrook Trout Club, Sandusky, Ohio.  Additionally, he enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren

Tom is survived by a daughter, Kathi L. Venios and her husband, George, Milton; two grandchildren, Thomas S. Venios and his wife, Breanne, Hollidaysburg; and Vanessa Venios-Antanitis and her husband Rob, Milton; two great-grandchildren, Caliauna S. Venios and Cooper M. Venios; two grand-cats, Arlene and Oscar, and two grand-dogs, Charlie and Oliver; sisters, Peggy and her husband George Jones, Land O’lakes, FL; Judy Nelson, Pinellas Park, FL; brother, Frederick Gold and his wife Edris, Port Trevorton; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents and wife, Tom was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Gold; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Nelson.

He was dad to Abott, the inside cat, as well as the caretaker to a colony of outside cats.  The outside cats would show up morning and night at his back door, guaranteed a big bowl of milk and lots of food.

Visitation will begin at 2:30p followed by the services at 3:00p on Sunday, April 23, 2023.  The services will begin with a Masonic service followed by a Celebration of Life service, and ending with graveside Military services at the Paradise United Church of Christ, 8105 Paradise Road, Milton, with Pastor Doug Schader, officiating.  Burial will follow in Paradise Cemetery.  A reception will follow in the church social hall.

Tom’s family would like to extend thanks to Hospice of Evangelical, Dr. John Weston, Caregivers Donna Stahl & Landell Shambach, Pastor Doug Schader, Ciro & Tania Granato, Rick & Fay Ann Grunden, Daniel & Nancy Martin & Family, Ileen Ranck, Richard & Gail Moser, Lee & Pat Rovenolt, and Gary & Jessica Stutzman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Danville SPCA, 1467 Bloom Rd. Danville, PA 17821 or Paradise United Church of Christ, 8105 Paradise Road, Milton, PA 17847.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT FLOWERS – due to a severe allergic reaction to lilies, we kindly ask that NO LILIES are placed in a floral arrangement, if you desire to send flowers.  Thank you for your understanding.

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April 23, 2023

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Paradise United Church of Christ
8105 Paradise Road
Milton, PA 17847

Celebration of Life
April 23, 2023

3:00 PM
Paradise United Church of Christ
8105 Paradise Road
Milton, PA 17847


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