Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Rest in peace, dear Hugh

From his obituary in the Houston Chronicle:

HUGH C. GOFF passed away Saturday, January 14, 2006 in Houston, Texas. Hugh was born in Bradenton, Florida, January 4, 1928. He earned his B.A. from University of Miami and his M.B.A. from Drexel University in Philadelphia with his specialty in engineering. Serving in the U.S. Navy for two years, he spent 32 years with General Electric as an engineer and Director of Business Development in the Space Program, beginning at Cape Canaveral and eventually in Houston. After being introduced by Judi Siff at a New Year's Eve party in Houston, Joanne Beshara and Hugh were married in Tulsa, Oklahoma June 21, 1969. He is survived by Joanne; son, Matthew Beshara Goff; daughter, Sarah Goff Loconto and husband, Rick; daughter Katherine Goff Rogers and husband, Captain Andy Rogers; granddaughter, Caroline Elizabeth Rogers. He was predeceased by his daughter, Laura Goff in 1975. Following his retirement from G.E. he worked for McDonnell Douglass for five years. For the past few years he received special pleasure from working with his son Matthew in the investment management business. Hugh thoroughly enjoyed being a board member and treasurer of the Mercury Baroque Ensemble. He had a great smile, a wonderful sense of humor, loved music, playing piano and organ and singing in the St. Anne's choir. He will be buried in Tulsa next to his daughter, Laura. Services will be held at St. Anne's Catholic Church Wednesday , January 16, 2006 at 2:00 pm; 2140 Westheimer, Houston, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the "Volunteer Services Council" for Brenham State School, 4001 Hwy. 36 South, Brenham, Texas 77833.

Although the writing in the Chronicle leaves much to be desired, I don't really have words for what I am feeling. I know that our singing tomorrow will be our prayer for our dear friend.

In Paradisum (traditional):
In paradisum deducant te Angeli;
in tu adventu suscipiant te martyres,
et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem.
Chorus angelorum te suscipiat,
et cum Lazaro quondam paupere
æternam habeas requiem.

May angels lead you into Paradise;
May the martyrs receive you at your coming
and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem.
May a choir of angels receive you,
and with Lazarus, who once was poor,
may you have eternal rest.

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