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GOLDBERG--Hal Stephen.

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.

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16 entries
September 15, 2020
I just learned of Hal's death today. I worked with Hal on a fundraiser for Act-Up, The Act Up Art Box, and a researcher had contacted me for information about that project. It is so sad that so much of that information will have passed along with Hal, who put tremendous love and energy into the Box. It can be found in several museum collections, including MOMA and The Met. Rest in peace, Hal. I'm so sorry he's gone.
Liz Boyle
May 2, 2020
Bob Frame
May 2, 2020
Bob Frame
May 2, 2020
Remembering...I'm sure it was his favorite place to be.... L,B
Bob Frame
November 30, 2018
Dear Hal,
Forever in our hearts, thank you from the bottom of the ocean, love always sweet rose
Anne Elizabeth Cabrie
August 7, 2017
I just read this sad news,after trying to call Hal for over 2 months and leaving useless messages on his voicemail. I am so sad and sorry I couldnt be closer in his last days. I will always remember him and I thank him for having been the amazing person he was. My condolences to the family.
massimo moltrasio
June 13, 2017
Along with the sadness of the loss of Hal, I carry the special memories of him and his family, whose gestures of kindness and friendship extended past Mitchell to include me.
With many years and miles between us, I include myself among those who grieve, and remember, within this very special family. My love to you forever.
Jerry Cassizzi
May 17, 2017
Hal Stephen Goldberg lived;
and all whom knew him had
loved his regal flair for style.

So we all will gather here today
to celebrate his memorium, with
exquisite unconditional affection,
paying tribute to countless ways
his presence touched our hearts
every last time it graced our own;
no person he'd known was immune.

G-d did carefully choose our dearest Hal, whose
omnipotence often occluded you with grandiose
light, with his intense magnificence, with a most
debonaire charm and a perfected poise, with his
bewilderingly beguiled bemusements, intellectual
enchanting enlightenment; which was his utmost
rejuvenatedly-reedeming treasure-quality that he
gifted this world and us with - unapologetically.

Let's each and every last one of us remember him in awe
in the rich solemnity of our special ways, for indeed Hal
very-much was a dutiful mentor of a G-d amongst his men;
even the sky wept his fateful loss! Hal sent sunshine. Hal
died an honorable man. He wouldn't have it any other way -

Baruch Dayan emet
(Blessed is the true judge)
Sean Spence
May 11, 2017
Hal was a true one of a kind. Talented, headstrong and opinionated, yet wrapped in family, love and style. We were young when we met and lived together- growing and traveling the world to explore, shop, love and laugh. There are so many ways in which our years together shaped who we would become. I will always have a place in my heart for Hal and I am relieved that he is at peace.
Michael Alper
May 10, 2017
Hal's smile and blue eyes, his gentle soul and fierce determination, his fearlessness and curiosity, his sophistication and his compassion and of course his love for his family and friends are just some of the many attributes that I and all of us who were lucky enough to have Hal in our lives will miss. May Hal find the peace that he so rightfully dererves.
Robert Gold
May 10, 2017
A wonderful, kind and generous man. Hal Goldberg is and will be missed by many. Sending lots of love and positive thoughts. Dawn Watson
Dawn Watson
May 9, 2017
I enjoyed many dinners, drinks and celebrations with Hal over the past 10 years and will cherish those memories. Hal also taught me how to raise a dog to be well behaved and mannered and since getting my puppy 2 years ago I think about Hal and h is training every day. He will be missed and always remembered.
paula levy
May 8, 2017
For H-L,B
Bob Frame
May 8, 2017
for H-L,B
He was the kind of perfect I can never be but aspire to. He taught me how to arrange roses in a vase that I can never perfect and yet I will think of him every time. He was my stylist, then agent and always true friend and I learned so much from him. I don't doubt his next life will be as beautiful. Love to Miriam, Seth and Stephen.
Bob Frame
May 8, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I pray you are at Peace now, pain and suffering no more.
Your presence was memorable, never ordinary , a uniqueness that only you had, commanding, larger than life, and always better than average.
You left a footprint on every path you walked, always remembered, never forgotten.
May you rest in Peace.
With my sincere deepest sympathy,
John Morelli
John Morelli
May 8, 2017
I am very sorry for your lost. I can imagine how heartbreaking it is to lose a loved one, but its uplifting to know that God promises us in Isaiah 65:17 a near future in which not only we wont feel this horrid pain in our hearts when we lose a loved one, but we wont even remember how it felt.
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