Robert I. Goldstein
February 14, 2020

Funeral Information

February 18 2020 - 11:00 am
Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue, (at Morewood) Pittsburgh, PA 15213

For Squirrel Hill CPA Bob Goldstein, time spent with friends and family truly added up

“I always said, ‘My dad isn’t a big shot; he’s just known and loved by the right people,’ ” Beth Goldstein said.

Bob Goldstein died Friday after suffering a sudden brain hemorrhage. He was 72. His death came 12 days after that of Linda Goldstein, his wife of 41 years.

A certified public accountant, Mr. Goldstein worked with his daughter just blocks from his home in Squirrel Hill. He had visited Beth Goldstein, her husband, Jeremy Goldman; and their young daughter, Hannah Skye Goldman, the night before.

“He’d come over for dinner because we’re still getting condolence food from my mom’s death,” she said.

He phoned when he got home and thanked her for the meal, the company, and the chance to play with his granddaughter, who called him “Poppa Bob.”

“Nothing was left unsaid between us; we left every time and every conversation with ‘I love you,’ ” Ms. Goldstein added.

Her father died at UPMC Shadyside hospital after a succession of friends in the medical profession came to pay their respects. Scores of doctors, nurses and others in the field had consulted with or had their taxes done for decades by Mr. Goldstein, who made fast friendships with those who entered his orbit.

“He had clients from all over the country, residents who left the area and who could find an accountant anywhere, but they wanted to use Bob,” said Dr. Stanley Marks, who shared an apartment on Wightman Street in Squirrel Hill when they were young.

Dr. Marks, who is head of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, said Mr. Goldstein would call him in the middle of the day just to tell him a joke.

“He was, obviously, a best friend, a brother, a mentor, a confidante,” Dr. Marks said. “We went through a lot together personally.

“I honestly don’t know a single person who didn’t like Bob.”

When he and Mr. Goldstein would go to Las Vegas, it seemed as if the latter knew everyone. The casinos comped them rooms and drinks, much to Dr. Marks’ amazement.

“And here’s Bob playing the quarter slots — those are nothing. They’re treating him like a high roller,” he said.

The son of Russian immigrants, Mr. Goldstein grew up in a house on Chesterfield Road in Oakland. His father, Murray, owned Goldstein’s Bar & Grill in Uptown with Bob’s uncles Sam and Al. Athletes, including boxer Billy Conn, would drop by the Fifth Avenue restaurant, which was situated across from what is now the PPG Paints Arena.

Bob Goldstein was born on July 22,1947, and later attended Taylor Allderdice High School. Like his older brother, Shelly, Bob was enthusiastically into sports.

Bob Goldstein had varsity letters in four sports: football, basketball, volleyball and soccer. Most recently, he served as treasurer on the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame board.

Although Mr. Goldstein earned his bachelor’s degree at Penn State University, he wasn’t a Nittany Lions fan. That allegiance went to all teams from Pittsburgh, including the Pitt Panthers, Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.

He was a coach as well, inspiring his son’s travel baseball team with what Michael Goldstein would later describe as “Bobbyisms.”

“He would give us these great pep talks we loved,” Michael Goldstein said. “He’d say, ‘We’re headed to the top of the mountain! And do you know who’s going to meet us there? MO-Mentum!’”

As the family sat with him at UPMC Shadyside, visitors dropped by with stories about Bob Goldstein, and two favorite Bobbyisms came up.

“Mom had just passed away and it reminded us of when multiple bad things happen,” Michael Goldstein said. “Dad would say, ‘I felt like a boxer and at the end of the round, I went to the corner and there was no stool to sit on.’

“That and ‘All that, and now this.’ ”

“I think I always knew my dad was special,” he added. “He was warm and he wanted to be involved.”

Bob Goldstein also took an interest in the Brashear High School basketball team coached by brother Shelly. Although Bob Goldstein never legally became a guardian, he helped mentor one of the players, the late Mark Brown, who would eventually play at Pitt-Greensburg.

“My dad just started looking out for him,” Michael Goldstein said.

“My dad always said that mentoring and helping raise Mark was one of the proudest achievements of his life,” Beth Goldstein said. “This was a lesson for us, too. Dad wanted to show us no matter what you’re born into, you’re not entitled to it.

“That hard work and being a good person, that’s what gets you far in life. That’s something I carry with me.”

As a CPA, Bob Goldstein went out of his way to help others. Before same-sex marriage was legal, he would still charge couples the lower, joint-return fee even though he had to file separate returns.

“I’ll always remember the first same-sex married filing joint return he signed,” Beth Goldstein said. “He put it on my desk for me to mail and said, ‘This is progress. We’re getting there!’

“I was proud beyond measure to be his daughter.”

In addition to his son and daughter, Bob Goldstein is survived by two granddaughters.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the main sanctuary at Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue, in Shadyside. Interment will be at Tree of Life Memorial Park in Franklin Park.

There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted for the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame scholarship fund, JCC PGH, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Beth Goldstein said the family is collecting stories about her father and requests that they be emailed to


Send Condolence

Beth, Michael and Goldstein Family, Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow and shock for the loss of your father and our dearest friend Bob. We will always miss his wonderful smile, funny jokes and a friendship that goes back for many years. We will always love and miss him. With deepest sympathy Bernie & Judy Berman

By Bernie & Judy Berman - February 24, 2020

What a devastating tragedy 2 funerals in a period of a couple of weeks The children & grandchildren will feel this forever. Bob & I we’re classmates and friends all through high school Minnie Braun always thought that Bob & I were brother & sister for years even though our parents had different last names A true loss for the Squirrel Hill community

By JoAnn Goldstein Tuckfelt - February 22, 2020

To The Goldstein Family: Although Bob was younger and Shelly was older, I was friends with both. Two very great friends. I can't imagine the recent losses. I moved away from Pittsburgh in 1983, so I lost touch with both of them. My sincerest condolences to the Goldstein family.

By Marvin Chosky - February 18, 2020

Thank you Bob for letting us into your life. Your full hugs, love, compassion and kindness has been some of our most memorable times spent with a person. We will miss your big personality, but know you are with your sweet Linda. Rest my friend. You worked so hard for so many. We all are truly blessed by knowing a man like you.

By The Carvelli Family - February 18, 2020

Bob was such a wonderful, sweet man. Every visit ended with a hug from Bob and an \"I love you.\" Given both ways. And Bob was wonderfully quirky! That was part of his charm. He\'d look up and give you that smile of his. Even if you didn\'t hear his joke, you knew it was worth laughter. Beth and Michael, I\'m so, so sorry. And for the loss of your mom, too. That\'s just so much. So much. May their memory be a blessing to you. My memory of Bob will always be that for me. Alan

By Alan Steinberg - February 18, 2020

Dear Beth and Michael, Always a smile and a quip. Your Dad\\\'s warmth, his intelligence and humor, and his magic finger on the calculator will be missed. He never walked past me on S. Linden without a smile. We never met at the office without exchanging stories about our kids. A real \\\"Mensch\\\"! Take care of yourselves and each other.

By Clark Muenzer and Shaheen Dil - February 18, 2020

Bob and I went to high school together over 50 years ago. After some lapses in time we reconnected through my cousin Bob Seewald and became good friends, again. Our children all played basketball, yet another connection for us and since Bob was an avid Pitt fan and I worked at Pitt we saw and talked often about family and Pitt. He was our accountant for many years and was the most optimistic and kind person with an incredible sense of humor. He always had a joke to tell and never ended a conversation without saying I love you, you know that. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. The following is a tribute to the kind of person he was and I'm sure he will be remembered by all those who had the good fortune to have known him. Note of Sympathy "It is hard to sing of oneness when our world is not complete. Those who live no more echo still within our thoughts and words, and what they did is still part of what we have become. We do best homage to our dead when we live our lives most fully, even in the shadow of our loss". Our most sincere sympathy, Arlin and Betsy

By Arlin and Betsy Porter - February 17, 2020

To the entire Goldstein Family, and the never ending list of friends; my deepest and most sincere condolences. Bobby was a high school classmate. He always had a smile, and stopped to say hello to anyone he ran into. He was a friend to everyone. There were no boundaries of any kind. Bobby was one in a million; may he Rest In Peace. I hope you all stand together to get through this Unbelievably hard time. Helen Fishbein

By HelenFishbein - February 17, 2020

Beth and Michael I was truly saddened by your news and the loss of Bob he was a dear friend it meant a lot to me stay strong and my truest condolences from both Linda and I

By Scott Berkey Linda Ruckert - February 17, 2020