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An appreciation: ‘Mr. Swampscott’ Martin Goldman was a pillar of the community

Journal Staff

Martin Goldman

FEBRUARY 8, 2018 – SWAMPSCOTT – There is no Hall of Fame for good people in the town of Swampscott but if one existed, one of its first inductees would be Martin C. Goldman.

Goldman was a Swampscott native whose contributions to the town and the North Shore Jewish community straddled athletic, civic, legal, and charitable lines.

Goldman, known as “Bozie” – a childhood nickname given to him by his mother – passed away on Jan. 17. He was 91.

“He was Mr. Swampscott,” said Myron Stone, who met Goldman when they were kindergarten age in Swampscott.

Goldman and Stone were the children of some of Swampscott’s first Jewish residents. Goldman’s father, Charles C. Goldman, helped found and was the first president of the Jewish Community Center in Lynn. As a child, Martin Goldman was a good athlete, and went on to play soccer at Tufts University. After a stint in the Navy during World War II, Goldman went to Boston University School of Law, and practiced as an assistant district attorney in Essex County before joining his father’s law practice in Lynn.

He returned to his hometown to start a family with his wife Maxine (Rosenbaum). As far back as 1954, he was heavily involved in supporting Swampscott sports and was the longtime chairman of the Swampscott Booster Club. He went on to become president of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, and president of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead.

He also served as town council in Swampscott, and was the moderator of Swampscott’s Town Meeting for 21 years. He served on the Swampscott Housing Authority when the town built its first elderly housing development.

“He loved the town and the people. He knew everybody,” said his son, Robert Goldman, a Salem attorney.

Goldman said his father’s commitment to Judaism ran in the family. “His parents were very involved in the Lynn and Swampscott Jewish communities,” said Robert. “He told us that many of the Jewish community events in Lynn were planned in his mother’s kitchen. They were longtime members of Temple Beth El on Breed Street and later joined Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead.

“One of the ways he distinguished himself is the sheer number of friends and deep friendships he had with non-Jews. He served on the Board of Eastern Bank and its predecessor banks long before there were any or many other Jewish directors. And his involvement in the town of Swampscott began long before many Jews were deeply involved in the town.”

Richard Lynch, a former head basketball and baseball coach and an assistant football coach in Swampscott, called Goldman a tireless fund-raiser for the town’s athletic teams. “He was at every game and loved to see the teams doing well. He never had a bad thing to say about anything,” said Lynch. “He will be remembered as one of the great guys in Swampscott history.”

Stone said he had lost his best friend. “Even though he was a year younger than me, he was the big brother I never had. When I needed advice, he was the person I turned to,” said Stone, who said Goldman had a knack of recruiting volunteers. “He’d get people involved and working for better things in the community.”

Services for Martin Goldman were held Jan. 21 in Marblehead. He was married for 66 years to Maxine. He was the loving and proud father of Nancy and Steve Walter of Swampscott; Betsy and Dan Rooks of Marblehead; Bob and Jose Goldman of Lynn; and Jeff and Judi Goldman of Swampscott. He was the grandfather of Joshua and Rebecca Rooks; Sam and Asher Goldman; Camila Paiva and Godric Laird; Danielle, Alexa, and Jake Goldman; Melissa and Mark Richards; and Michael and Cindy Walter. Father-in-law to Barbara Goldman. Son of the late Charles and Marion (Leavitt) Goldman; brother of the late Bob Goldman and Harris Goldman; brother-in-law of June Goldman and Carolyn Goldman; and uncle of James Goldman, Joan Finn, and Charles Goldman.

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