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Longtime Patterson Highway Super. Goff Will Be Missed

Construction vehicles participate in a procession for longtime Patterson Highway Superintendent Russell Goff, who died last week. Photo courtesy of Putnam Lake Fire Department.

A large contingent of town and county workers participated in a procession last week to honor Russell Patrick Goff, longtime Patterson highway superintendent, who passed away July 2 at the age of 66.

“I am so heartbroken by this,” wrote Patterson Town Councilman Peter Dandreano on social media after Goff’s passing. “What a great man Russ was. Praying for his family and his highway department family.”

Goff was born Nov. 13, 1956, to the late June (Carey) and Patrick Goff in Harrison. The family moved to North Salem in 1960, and he graduated from North Salem High School in 1974. In 1983, Goff married Jane (Polly) Butler and together they built their house in Patterson.

Goff was in the carpenters’ union for nine years before forming and operating Brimstone Foundations for 13 years. He joined the Patterson Highway Department in 2001 and was elected highway superintendent, and held that position until last month.

According to his obituary, Goff’s favorite pastimes included riding his Indian motorcycle, watching Yankees and Giants games, and practical jokes. He especially enjoyed fishing, listening to live music, antiquing and visiting his Montana property.

Along with his wife, he is survived by his three daughters, Samantha (Jason Cable) and Kayla (Dan Gera) of New Fairfield, Conn., and Lindsay (Alex Barreral) of Kyle, Texas; and a grandson, Liam Russel Gera.

He is also survived by his brothers Jesse (Sandy) of Ames, Iowa; Gilbert and Shawn (Eliza) of Amenia and Patrick (Carolyn) of Venice, Fla.; sister Collen of Simsbury, Conn.; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours took place July 5 at Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster, and a Mass of Christian burial was held July 6 at St. Edward the Confessor Church in New Fairfield. Interment was private.


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