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Richard Kent Goidel

October 26, 1948 ~ May 22, 2022 (age 73)


Richard Kent Goidel, business owner, and resident of Jersey City, NJ, died while in the hospital on May 22, 2022, at the age of 73.

Richard is survived by his wife Debra George Goidel, daughter Tara George, sister Laurie Goidel Morrison, brother Lewis Goidel, and his nieces and nephews who he loved and spent his time with; Joshua Morrison, Tara Goidel Mercado, Jeremy Goidel, Lena George, and many great-grandnieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his mother Eleanor Bernstein Goidel and his father Irving Goidel and his first wife Dr. Maxine Abrams Goidel.

Richard was born October 26, 1948, in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 17, he participated in an international air cadet exchange to Belgium and enjoyed his time learning to be a pilot. He then became an active member of the Civil Air Patrol where he achieved the rank of colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, one of the few teens in the United States to do so. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and attended the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He also attended Long Island University where he received a bachelor's degree in finance. In 1982, he earned his MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, graduating first in his class. 

Richard worked with prominent companies such as Deloitte and Bankers Trust, owned several real estate properties in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and as an entrepreneur, owned and operated his own real estate consulting business for several decades.

Richard was a lover of all animals, but especially cats. He was an avid Sci-fi fan and enjoyed binge-watching true crime television shows. He loved movies, books, and music, especially the moody blues and Simon and Garfunkel and Mario Lanza. He enjoyed current events and politics and loved conversing with people about their thoughts and opinions, and clearly stating where he stood. Richard loved to cook and although he had a special affinity for sushi, dumplings, as well as a great corned beef sandwich, he was a lover of food from every corner of the world and loved sharing this joy with family and friends. 

Richard was a bright light in many lives offering love, guidance, and support in any way he could. Richard loved traveling with his wife Debra and they enjoyed many adventures together. Richard loved spending time with his daughter Tara and always had a smile for her in the morning. He looked forward to his routine evening phone calls with his sister Laurie and hanging out with his brother Lewis. He loved spending time with all his nieces and nephews, Tara, Josh, and Jeremy, and his grand-niece and grand-nephew Rachel and Collin, who he loved very much. Richard was full of love, life and joy and will be missed deeply by family and friends. 

A funeral service is scheduled from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Riotto Funeral Home, located at 3205 John F. Kennedy Boulevard Jersey City, NJ 07306. (For GPS Navigation it is best to use our parking lot address: 14 Stagg Street).  In lieu of flowers, please donate to Alley Cats Allies on his behalf ( For Facebook Live, please click on the following link:

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Funeral Service (Start & finish time)
June 14, 2022

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Riotto Funeral Home & Cremation Company
3205 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306


Alley Cat Allies
7920 Norfolk Avenue, Suite 600, Bethesda MD 20814
Tel: 1-240-482-1980

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