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Irving Louis Gold


1916 - 2014
Gold, Irving Louis SAN DIEGO -- Irving Gold was born in Chicago on January 10, 1916, a year before the United States entered World War I, the son of Florence and Louis Gold. He lived through the Great Depression and served in the Philippines during World War II, where he was awarded The Bronze Star. In 1939, he met Victoria Saltzman, whom he married in 1941 and with whom he lived happily until the time of her death in 2000. In 1946, upon his return from the war, Irv and Vicky opened Wee Moderns, a childrenswear store that served the North Side of Chicago. Later stores were also opened in Skokie and Aurora, Illinois. The couple worked together in the stores until their retirement more than forty years later. In 2003, Irv moved to San Diego and lived at Vi at La Jolla Village. It was there that he made close friends. He also began volunteering at Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla. He looked forward to his Monday and Tuesday mornings at the hospital and the family is grateful to the people there who helped him serve until just a few months before his death at the age of 98 on July 30, 2014. Vicky and Irv also shared a dedication to family, immediate and extended, and this is their greatest legacy. Irv regularly called his sons, grandchildren and great- grandchildren, nephew and nieces. What the couple gave to their two sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in terms of depth of commitment to family and friends is immeasurable. Irving Gold is survived by his brother, Chick (Natalie) Gold, two sons, Richard (Mary Spaniola) of Rowayton, CT, Russell (Andrea) of San Diego, Renee Gold of Westport, CT, grandchildren, Jedd Gold (Marissa), Amanda (Santino) DeRose, Celia and Seth Gold, Kristen Gold and Kristofer Ast, and great-grandchildren, Alexa Gold, Brielle Gold and Leonardo DeRose. Services will be held at Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Center Drive, San Diego 92122, on Sunday, August 3, at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to The Victoria S. Gold Memorial Fund, NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation, 1033 University Place, Evanston, IL 60201-9928.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Aug. 3, 2014
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