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GOLDSMITH, ABBY Abby Goldsmith died peacefully on Monday, April 27th, 2015 at her home after a brief illness, surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Meriden, CT, July 21, 1945 to Dr. Henry and Ingeborg Alberty Caplan. Abby moved to Gainesville in 1971 and spent the rest of her life working for the benefit of the community she loved. In the early 70s she co-founded Rape Information and Counseling Services which evolved into what we know today as Peaceful Paths. She continued her involvement and leadership with organizations too numerous to list but including ACLU, NCFAN, PCCNCF, NOW, HRCNCF, CMC, GAAP, Stonewall Democrats, the Alachua County Democratic Party (which she once chaired), Helping Hands Clinic, and Gainesville Women's Health Center. At the same time she worked as a nurse for the Alachua County Health Department in the HIV Clinic and Healthy Start program. She raised five amazing children. Her proudest achievement, apart from her children, was the passage of the Human Rights Ordinance for which she had worked for decades. The Alachua County Commission honored Abby by declaring April 28, 2015 as Abby Goldsmith Day. Abby was known for her unflagging energy, her outrage at social injustice, her commitment to civic action, and her joy in living. She loved hiking, camping, traveling, opera, movies, birds, baseball, family reunions, folk festivals, and reading, but her greatest love was reserved for her family and incredibly large circle of friends. Abby was preceded in death by her beloved son Lawrence (Larry) Goldsmith and her infant daughter Louise. She is survived by her husband Vincent Lipsio of Gainesville, her daughters Dr. Deborah Goldsmith (Michael Zolkiewicz) of Columbia, TN; Jenny Goldsmith, R.N. (Brad Knabel) of Carnegie, PA; Dr. Emma Caplan Heggestad (Arne Heggestad) of Chattanooga, TN; her son David Goldsmith (Lorrie) of Raleigh, NC,; her grandchildren Max Goldsmith, Benjamin Zolkiewicz, Samuel Knabel, Joseph and Sarah Goldsmith; her sister Priscilla Caplan of Gainesville; and Scruffy J. (Mr.) Cat of Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, by her request, please make contributions to the Civic Media Center (CMC) or the Gainesville Area Aids Project (GAAP). 'A CHESTNUT SERVICE'
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