New York – A standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 people turned out this morning for the funeral of Carl S. Goldstein, who passed away over the weekend. One of the deans of the home textiles industry and the last of his generation of management at his long-time employer, S. Lichtenberg, Goldstein had been fighting cancer for over a year.
Attendees heard eulogies from family members, relatives and friends, including former New York governor Mario Cuomo. All told stories of Goldstein’s generosity, kindness, caring and, most of all, his overwhelmingly positive attitude about life personified by his ever-present trademark big, grinning smile.
Goldstein was vice chairman of the long-time curtain specialty firm having joined the company in 1976 and though he wasn’t family, it was only by blood line, as he was a cornerstone of Lichtenberg for more than 35 years. Along with second-generation brothers Alan and Herb, they formed a trio that helped build the company into one of the few remaining successful family-owned and operated home textiles suppliers in the business. In fact, he and Herb were best friends, sharing an office together for years.
In his Living & Working Legends interview with HTT in 2012, Goldstein recalled that relationship. “I met Herbie in 1962 at O’Neil’s department store and he had been offering me a job ever since. He and I became friends instantly. We had lived around the corner from each other in Brooklyn, but he was nine years old, so we didn’t know each other.”
When asked in the same interview what he was most proud of in his career, he said, “It’s educating and training the next generation in the industry. There are now five Lichtenbergs and one Goldstein (his son Scott), besides me, in the company and we’re now on the fourth generation.”
Goldstein had health issues last year but returned to work and in fact was at the most recent New York home textiles market week in September. Asked in that interview what his “exit strategy” was, he toldHTT: “In a box. I like working, I’ve always worked.”
Goldstein was 71.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lynn, children Scott and Vanessa Goldstein, Wendy and Steven Yevoli and his grandchildren, Bryn, Reid, Dean, Sloane and Trace.
The family, as is Jewish custom, will sit shiva for the next several days. Today it will be immediately following the burial at the home of Scott and Vanessa Goldstein, 10 Birch Drive, Roslyn until 9 p.m. Shiva on Tuesday and Wednesday will be at 50 Sutton Place, New York, Apt. 9G from 12 noon till evening.
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