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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham Mayor and the 11-member City Council has declared today, September 21, 2022 Mark J. Goldman day, to honor the late community activists who died in 2021, at the age of 74.

A memorial service was held for the late Mark Goldman, a former Salute to Framingham honoree and the former Vice Chair of the Framingham Council on Aging and the former President of the Friends of the Callahan Center.

City Council Chair Phil Ottaviani read the proclamation to be voted on Tuesday night night, September 20 at the Callahan Center where the memorial was held. More than 80 people attended the event including his wife and two daughters and their families.

Mayor Charlie Sisitsky, City Councilor Ottaviani and District 4 City Councilor Michael Cannon spoke at the service, as did City’s Elder Services Director Grace O’Donnell.

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The proclamation reads:

Whereas, Mark Joel Goldman was born in Newton and grew up there and in Marlborough; Whereas, Mark Joel Goldman, with his wife Marilyn Lapin, moved to Framingham in 1971, where they raised their two daughters, Risa and Laura, and spent time with their two grandchildren, Max and Brooke;

Whereas, Mark Joel Goldman, a natural born “salesman” who made a friend wherever he went, quickly became an active, engaged, and loved member of the Framingham community, where he left a tremendous legacy of community service; Whereas, Mark Joel Goldman, a member of Temple Beth Shalom, served as its head usher, resident cook and steady volunteer for youth activities and fundraisers;

Whereas, Mark Joel Goldman served as a trustee, board member, referee, coach, tournament director and president of the Framingham United Soccer Club, and was an integral part of a team that secured land for a “Field of Dreams” soccer complex on Merchant Road in Framingham; Whereas, Mark Joel Goldman served as a Parks & Recreation Commissioner and helped to create Cushing Memorial Park;

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Whereas, Mark Joel Goldman served as vice chair of the Framingham Council on Aging and President of the Friends of Callahan Senior Center, where he was instrumental in opening the “Heritage Gallery” featuring local artists, hosting a “Sports Fanatics” weekly meeting, securing funding for a new bingo machine, and advocating for computers and technology literacy for seniors to stay connected during the pandemic;

Whereas, Mark Joel Goldman was a recipient of the “Salute to Framingham” award in 2001, an event to honor community members who have made an extraordinary commitment to the youth of Framingham;

Whereas, Mark Joel Goldman, at the age of 74, passed away on September 12, 2021; Now Therefore, the Mayor and Council posthumously declare Wednesday, September 21, 2022 as MARK JOEL GOLDMAN DAY in Framingham, and we urge all residents to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.