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Jay M. Goldman

November 2, 1927 — December 15, 2021


Jay M. Goldman of Indianapolis, IN passed away on December 15, 2021, at the age of 94.  He was born on November 2, 1927, to Morris and Anna Goldman in Philadelphia, PA.  He was a 1951 graduate of Temple University. The Naval Station in Florida where he proudly served his country from 1946 to 1948 later became part of NASA’s Cape Canaveral facility.

Jay spent the early years of his career selling wholesale hosiery with his father, later sold insurance with Metropolitan Life (see photo) and Mutual of Omaha, and then became a residential Realtor® in the brokerage led by Miriam Einhorn in Elkins Park, PA.  He greatly enjoyed catching, collecting, and displaying butterflies, moths, and other insects.  He was a genius at finding bargain tchotchkes and built a real estate empire of miniature houses.  He loved to cook and feed his family and he collected a wide variety of kitchen timers.

More than anything else, Jay was proud of raising his three children.  He is survived by Ellen (Don) Chernoff of Indianapolis, Daryl (Jeanette Nichols) Goldman of Oakland, CA, and Jonathan Goldman of Indianapolis.  Jay was preceded in death by his beloved wife Claire in 2008.

Jay’s pride was mirrored by his children’s appreciation.  His honesty, integrity and determination in business served as a blueprint for his children’s success in scientific research, psychology, and business.  He was always there when his children needed him, no matter when or how far he had to travel to reach them.  His mind was sharp, and he maintained his optimism even as his body was failing. All who knew Jay miss him deeply.

Graveside services were held on Monday, December 20, 2021 at Beth-El Zedeck North Cemetery in Fishers, IN.

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