Yvonne Lopez | Apr 19, 2017
The City is mourning the passing of former Mayor Sam Goldsmith who served on the Coconut Creek City Commission for 16 years from 1986-2001 and from 2004-2005.
Mayor Goldsmith, 94, passed away Sunday, April 16th, with his wife of 72 years, Arlene, and their two children by his side.
Mayor Goldsmith was born November 4th, 1922, in Detroit, Michigan, where he raised his family and worked until retirement from his first career as a civilian contracting specialist with the Federal government. He enlisted in the Army-Air Corps in 1942, after the U.S. entered World War II, and was stationed in Guam in the Pacific Theater. He married his high school sweetheart, Arlene, on July 30, 1944, while on furlough. The Goldsmiths raised two children, Sandra and Mark, and have four grandchildren, Bonnie, David, Shira and Aaron and four great-grandchildren, Ashley, Brittany, Niko and Gia.
Mayor Goldsmith received an MBA from Michigan State University in 1967 and retired from the Federal government in 1972, eventually settling in Coconut Creek to begin a second career in elected public service.
“Sam’s financial acumen was invaluable when it came to infrastructure and park construction in the City. He advocated for a $10 million bond to build the City’s award winning, state-of-the-art Sabal Pines Park,” said current Coconut Creek Mayor Becky Tooley.
“Mayor Goldsmith was a brilliant Commissioner who reviewed the proposed annual budgets meticulously. He was loved and admired by all City employees who knew him,” said Mary Blasi, Coconut Creek City Manager.
There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate Mayor Sam Goldsmith’s life on Monday, May 1st, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Coconut Creek Government Center Commission Chambers located at 4800 W. Copans Road.