Carleton Nickerson "Nick" Goff, of Hingham, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2018 at the age of 103.
Beloved husband of the late Athleen (Williams) Goff. Loving father of Janet (Goff) Daubenspeck of Ohio. Cherished grandfather of Sarah (Daubenspeck) Behanna, and Laura (Daubenspeck) Titas of Ohio. Adored great grandfather of Morgan and Riley Titas.
Born to the late G. Russell Goff and Lelia (Hancock) Goff on December 30, 1914 in Milford, MA. Brother of the late Madison Goff and sister of the late Miriam Goff of Hopedale.
A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1937 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Nick joined the Architectural firm of Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch, and Abbott where he worked as a Draftsman on the George Robert White Building at the Mass General Hospital. He was transferred to Mass General Hospital to continue work on that construction.
From 1940 through the war years until 1946, he served on several construction projects for the U.S. Navy in the Charlestown Navy Yard, the South Weymouth Naval Air Station, and the Hingham Shipyard.
In 1946 he returned to Mass General Hospital as Architect in the Planning Office until his retirement in 1999 at the age of 85. In 1983 the Hospital appointed him to be the liaison / advisor to the P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Center in Mumbai (Bombay), India for planning and equipping the 300 bed facility under construction.
He was a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and held affiliations with the American Institute of Architects, the Massachusetts State of Architects, the American Hospital Association, and the New England Building Code Association.
Nick was the oldest living Past Master of the Old Colony Masonic Lodge in Hingham and in the state of Massachusetts. He served as a trustee of the Hingham Public Library and the Hingham Institution for Savings. Nick also served as a member of the Hingham School Planning, Site and Construction Committee for six years.
All of his friends and family will agree that Nick loved to laugh, enjoyed a good joke to the fullest, and loved his family deeply. His favorite pastimes included fishing on Nauset Beach, Eastham, family summer vacations on Cape Cod, and on Sebago Lake, Maine. Music, singing, and dancing were an important part of his life and when his wife died in 2007, he donated chimes to the Hingham Congregational Church in her memory.
Nick was a consummate professional, loving husband and father and wonderful grandfather and great grandfather with a contagious laugh and genuine humility. He will be missed very much.
A memorial service will be held at Linden Ponds in the Derby Clubhouse, Center for Performing Arts, 300 Linden Ponds Way, Hingham on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in Nick’s memory may be made to the following organization:
MGH Development Office
ATTN: Nursing Education
125 Nashua Street, Suite 540,
Boston MA 02114