Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00
I was saddened to learn of the passing of one of the true giants of the Plainview-Old Bethpage community – Gene Goidell.
Gene was an active and involved member of our community for a half century. He had a true passion for community service and the kind of “can-do” attitude that is far too rare these days. Whatever Gene did, he did with enthusiasm and a maximum effort.
I worked with Gene for many years when he was on the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library Board of Trustees. We didn’t always agree, but I always knew that he had the best interests of the library and the community at heart. Perhaps his greatest community accomplishment was the establishment of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Senior Citizen Club at the Jamaica Avenue School.
Gene will be missed.