YONKERS, N.Y. – Ira Goldman, of Yonkers, died Saturday, Nov. 7 after a long battle against lung cancer.
Goldman worked in journalism and state politics and was a longtime American-Irish activist.
As a journalist, he worked for The Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, United Press International’s Albany Bureau. the Bronx Press Review and Riverdale Review newspapers.
He also worked for the New York State United Teachers and the National Broadcasting Company.
Goldman spent more than a decade as a senior member of the state Legislature, working with Sen. John Flynn and Gov. Mario Cuomo and as an advocate for the American-Irish community, organizing the state's Irish-American Heritage Museum and other state and local organizations..
He was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Special Forces.
Goldman is survived by longtime partner Mary Hoar, sister Tasha Catt Walsh, in-laws Peter and Teri Mikulka and Thomas and Ann Driscoll Hoar; and 17 nieces and nephews.
A wake will be conducted from 3-8 p.m. Friday at Hodder Funeral Home, 899 McLean Ave., Yonkers.
Funeral services will be at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in St. Barnabas Church, 409 E. 241st St., the Bronx.
By request, Goldman’s ashes will be scattered locally and in County Donegal in Ireland.
In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed for the Untermyer Performing Arts Council, Ira Goldman Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 49, Yonkers, NY 10702 or the Aisling Irish Community Center, 990 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704.