It is with great sorrow that the family of Hal Goldberg announces his passing after a long illness, on May 7, 2017. He died peacefully at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue, NY, with beloved family members and dear friends by his side. The son of Sheldon Goldberg, now deceased, he is survived by his husband, Stephen Donovan, his mother, Miriam Goldberg and his brother, Seth Goldberg and his husband, George Marzen. Hal was born in New York City on February 25, 1959, and grew up in East Brunswick, NJ. He graduated New York University with a degree in psychology and was an early and active member of ACT UP. His careers were many and varied: A fashion stylist, a hatter, a photographers' agent, and a Broadway producer ("A Raisin in the Sun," "Legally Blonde: The Musical," among others). Turning to his great loves -- gardening and landscape design -- Hal studied and received a degree in professional horticulture and opened Hal Goldberg Gardens and Landscapes. Working on numerous prestigious landscape projects, Hal immersed himself in his work until the end. Hal was a past President of the Southampton Rose Society. He continued to live life fully no matter how compromised he became. Hal was a passionate man with limitless energy, who gave freely of his time and experience to anyone in need. His courage during his long illness was an inspiration to all. He will be deeply missed. Funeral service Tuesday, May 9th, at 11am, at Plaza Jewish Memorial Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kanas Center for Hospice Care.
Published in New York Times on May 8, 2017.