Charles E. Golden Sr.

Date of Passing:

January 14, 2021

Golden, Charles E., Sr., 86, formerly of Dartmouth Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on January 14, 2021 at Tockwotton on the Waterfront surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Flanagan) Golden, whom he was married to for 55 years.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Thomas and Mary (Unsworth) Golden, he lived in East Providence and Riverside all his life.

Mr. Golden was a Teacher for the East Providence School Department for many years and then moved on to the School Departments Administration.

Charles was a graduate of LaSalle Academy Class of 1951. He received his Bachelors of Science in Education at Bryant University and then went on to receive his Master’s degree in Education at Providence College.

Mr. Golden was a communicant and usher at St. Brendan’s Church, Riverside for over 50 years. He was a member of the East Providence Knights of Columbus Council #1528. He was a founding member of the Rhode Island Ski Runners Association. He enjoyed skiing, bicycling, traveling and was an avid book reader.

He is survived by a son, Charles E. Golden Jr. and his wife Deborah Anne (Ganzer) Golden of Lincoln and two grandsons, Jack Golden and his wife Ariana of Mendon, MA and Kevin Golden of Lincoln. He was the brother of the late Thomas Golden, Marion Moran and Barbara Larned.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside on Thursday January 21, 2021 at 10 a.m. The Mass will be live streamed at A private graveside burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Charles’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of RI, 245 Waterman Avenue, Suite 306, Providence, RI, 02906 or Tockwotton on the Waterfront, 500 Waterfront Drive, East Providence, RI, 02914 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Charlie was a great friend and colleague, Marie and I have fond memories of the wonderful times we had with Charlie and Mary.Charlie and I worked together in the Central Office of the East Providence School Department. Charlie succeeded me as Director of Federal and State Programs. These programs brought millions of dollars to the School Department. Charlie had many memorable qualities. He was hard working and very loyal.

  2. Condolences to the family of a good man.

  3. Our sincere condolences to the Golden Family on Charlie’s passing. We have been back yard neighbors for over 30 years. He is finally with Mary whom he missed so much. RIP Charlie.

  4. My deepest condolences and prayers to family and close friends of Mr. Golden. We hope the fond memories will help heal the family in this time of sorrow.

  5. Sincerest condolences from East Providence Knights of Columbus Council 1528. Vivat Jesu

  6. Sincere condolences. A wonderful man and a proud grandfather who always kept me up to date on the latest adventures of Jack and Kevin.

  7. Please accept our deepest condolences on passing of your dad.
    He was a special person and neighbor.
    Pauline Leonard and Bob Fricker

  8. Charlie and Mary were good friends of my husband Bill and myself. We met when he and Bill were classmates at Bryant College. They graduated together and we stayed friends through the years and visited when we lived n Florida. Bill is gone and I pray that all three of them are happy in heaven.

  9. Charlie was an honest, kind and gentle person. May he rest in peace reunited with his wife.

  10. Charles and family,
    Please accept our condolences on the passing of your father. We are so sorry for the loss. May God give you consolation at this sad time.

  11. Charlie was an amazing individual. He was truly a ‘people person’ who enriched the lives of those he met. He cared deeply about others, and loved his beautiful wife, Mary, his son Charlie and Daughter in Law Debbie and his grandsons Jack and Kevin. He spoke of them often, especially on our morning bike rides. Over the years we enjoyed those rides and the stories he would tell, often he shared his jokes with us. We often spent time with both Charlie and Mary. It’s hard to mention one without the other. They were an awesome couple and we have been blessed to know them. We send our deepest sympathy to his family, ‘Young Charlie’, Debbie, Jack and Kevin.

  12. We have many great family memories of Uncle Charlie! We always enjoyed how he called his sister Miriam, Didi!
    With sympathy, Gail Moran Breaugh

  13. Uncle Charlie was an amazing man, who loved his family! I’ll never forget how he taught me how to ski.

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