Bruce Robert Goldson, Sr. ‘Bobby’ was a lifelong resident of Ansonia. He transitioned peacefully Sunday night October 16, 2022, at the age of 89. He was a graduate of Ansonia High School where he played football, ran track and earned his diploma in 1950. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951 during the Korean War, where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat Valor and a Purple Heart with Clusters. He also received a letter of commendation and a Good Conduct Medal for his combat heroics.
Bruce was employed by The Connecticut State Department of Corrections for twenty eight years. He worked at Bridgeport, New Haven and Cheshire Correctional facilities where He Climbed the Administrative Ranks and served as a Sergeant, Captain, Assistant Warden and finally Warden.
While employed, he continued his education and attended Bridgeport University, University of New Haven; also, he attended the University of Southern California and Babson College, in Massachusetts.
After his retirement from the Department of Corrections, he worked for Laidlaw Transportation Company as a bus driver and instructor for twenty years. He trained and taught prospective drivers the state regulations and safety procedures and also served as the Union president.
Bob served as the Chairman for the City of Ansonia Board of Ethics and as a Police H.A., and Commissioner, and he is a life member of N.A.A.C.P. He was a 32 Degree Mason, past Master of the James Wilkins Lodge #9 P. H.A., and was past Patron of Sheba Chapter #1 Order of the Eastern Star.
Bruce was a lifelong member of Macedonia Baptist Church where he faithfully served. He was an usher, and a member of the choir, and he has served on and chaired numerous committees and sponsored various fund raising activities. He was very proud of his service as the Chairman on the Board of Trustees. During his tenure, he was instrumental in working with the City of Ansonia to help eliminate a large church debt and collaborated with the Mutual Housing Agency of New Haven to renovate homes on church property. Both extensive projects were concurrently set in motion and helped to stabilize Macedonia’s financial status within a six year period.
Bruce was married to his loving wife, the late Dorothy Edwards Goldson for sixty-five years. They had three sons Bruce Goldson Jr. (Faye), Terri Goldson (Ronja) all of Ansonia. He was predeceased by his son Keith Goldson. He is also survived by brother-in-law Lewis Edwards Sr. (Emmar) of Bridgeport, Ct. He also leaves to cherish his memory his grandchildren Tiffany Glover (Anthony), Tegan Willis (Vance), Terri Goldson Jr., Kiah Goldson and Bruce Goldson III and grandchildren Sparkle Hoheneder (Randy), Chastity and James Andrews (Trina), several great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
In the Marine Corps, he learned the Latin term, “Semper Fidelis” which means “Always Faithful.” He has strived to live his life faithful to his God, his family and his community.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10:00 a.m. at The Macedonia Baptist Church, Pershing Drive Ansonia. Friends may call at church from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Burial with military honors accorded will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Friends who wish may make donations to his church. The Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St. Ansonia, has been privileged with the arrangements.
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