Joseph R. Golden

Joseph R. Golden, 83, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully Monday, May 9, 2016 at Manor Care Nursing Home.

Born in Williamsport, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Genevieve (Rogers) Golden.

Joe is survived by Barbara (Decker), his wife of 29 years, sons Kenneth and Michael, both of Washington Boro, son James (Cindy) of Williamsport and daughter Anne, of Wyomissing. In addition, he is survived by two brothers, George Golden and Anthony Golden, both of Williamsport, eight grandchildren and seven great grand children.

Joe served in the US Army during the Korean War. He attended Lock Haven State College. Joe was a professional singer who recorded at RCA Victor in NYC and wrote, directed and hosted several musical fund raising events for various charities. He often entertained in local nursing homes. He also had a long career in the food service industry.

Over the past 29 years that he lived in Lancaster, he sang with many of the area’s finest musicians. Many recordings have been left behind as his legacy; he was known as the man with the golden voice. He had a great love of cats and helped rescue many. He was also an avid golfer.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at American Legion, Post 34, Acadia Road, where Joe was a member, on June 19th at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or your favorite pet rescue mission.

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  • My dad recorded and produced a few records with Joe.
    I remember visiting his home as a kid.
    Both of my parents have past away much too soon and… I always remember them speaking fondly of Joe.
    He certainly did possess a…golden voice. Only wish my parents had not lost touch with him so long ago. My heartfelt condolences.

  • Dear Family…..I believe my father, Ray Bon Giorno, worked with Joe. I think they produced a record together in the late 60s or early 70s. I remember being at his home once and remember my parents fondly speaking of Joe and how brilliantly talented he was. I’m so sorry they did not reconnect later in life as my parents moved to Chambersburg and would have been so close.
    My father was a very talented musician, singer, songwriter as well…it’s so difficult to lose someone so gifted. I lost him in 2004 and my precious mom Mary Ellen in 2013.
    Please message me on Facebook, I would love to reconnect. I’m a cat lover as well…..we were always rescuing one.

  • I am so sorry to learn of the death of my Uncle Joe. We were not in touch for many years, but when I still lived in PA and got to see him, it was always special as he was lots of fun. He had a great voice and shared his talents with many. Now he’s with my mom, Mary, probably harmonizing with her in Heaven.

  • I am sorry for your loss. My wife and I met Joe and Barb while he was singing at the comfort inn in center ville while Donnie Rhoades was playing the piano. It was great hearing him and Barb sing. We had many grand Friday nights dancing and listening to the music.
    Nadine and Rodney Lingo

  • Dear Barb, I have been searching for info. about Joe and I found it. I am having a hard time getting use to the idea of his passing. We were close for a long time past from all of the trials and successes. My brother Nick and Joe and I were a real peace of WORK and made a lot of noise that some called music. Our first Trio “The Valiance” ( I think we were called ? ) This articular was so nice to read and see. (Photo) More could be said of your devotion all of the years. I know Joe is lining up a production SHOW and doing some auditions in Heaven for a great show forthcoming.
    May God Bless you Rick and V onnie ( Gina Lori) Rosato

  • +Dear Barb…. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Cherish all of your wonderful memories. We remember so many happy times enjoying the music and wonderful vocals by you and Joe. You are in our hearts and prayers

  • Barb and family, heartfelt wishes for you in the loss of Joe. Our prayers are with you. Erna and Steve Huber and Danielle Curcio

  • Barb, I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed being around Joe and loved to hear him sing, especially your duets. I am so glad I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with him several months ago and we had a wonderful conversation. My fondest memory of him is hearing his song playing on the radio as we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge – what a miracle that was. I know Joe is at peace, pain free, alert and with our Lord.

  • Our deepest condolences to you dear Barb on the loss of Joe. We enjoyed our few times together with you and with no doubt saw the love Joe had for you.
    Ken and Sherry

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