José M. Goico
Virginia Beach - José Miguel Goico, 85, passed away peacefully in the early morning of Sunday, June 1, 2014. José was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic to Ana Gomez de Goico and Miguel Angel Goico Alix on December 28, 1928. He grew up in the Dominican Republic and it was there that he met his loving wife, Cecilia and married in 1951. From an early age, he discovered his calling for engineering, graduating in 1951 from La Universidad de Santo Domingo with a degree in Civil Engineering. In 1960, José arrived in the United States, where his incredible skills in engineering were acknowledged by Fraioli-Blum-Yesselman. He worked for the company for over 35 years, becoming Vice President, before retiring at the age of 69 and starting his own engineering company. He was the lead of the structural design team for the Scope and Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, VA, the Flight Simulator at Langley Air Force Base, and other major projects for the armed services throughout the States, the Caribbean, and Europe. José's concern and care for others was demonstrated in his work through the way in which he mentored numerous young engineers to achieve their potential. José was a faithful member of the Church of the Ascension since its founding. His desire to be of service to others was demonstrated in his involvement in the Eucharistic Ministry and Ministry to the Sick. José's compassion for others was expressed everyday through his meditation and prayer that he used for healing and comforting those in need.
José is survived by his wife and partner of 64 years Cecilia Goico, his sister Liliana García, his brother-in-law Luis García, his son José Goico Jr. and daughter Ana Cisewski, his daughter-in-law Anne Goico and son-in-law Brian Cisewski, his grandchildren Jeremy, Madeleine, and Sara Goico, his nieces Denise Foreman and Lilian García-Estefan, and other relatives in the United States and Dominican Republic.
The family would like to thank all of those who have given so much of their time and support during José's illness, especially Ruth Brogan, Carole Dicklin, and Quinn Miano.
Funeral services and reception for José will be held on Saturday June 7, 11 a.m. at Church of the Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA, 23462. His remains will be inurned at the Church in the columbarium, for which he did the structural design. José had a strong passion for the social ministry of the Church. Donations may be directed to Social Ministry at the Church of the Ascension, Virginia Beach, VA (phone: 757-495-1886).