Irving Diez Goldstein passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, February 1, 2021 having recently turned 100. Irving was born on January 13, 1921 in New Orleans. He was married for 73 years and was predeceased by his beloved wife, Joyce Brener Goldstein also a New Orleans native. Irving was extremely proud of his family and is survived by his daughter Carolyn G. Loewenthal ( Robert) of Longmeadow, MA. his son Sidney Leon Goldstein (Celeste) of Dallas, TX. His grandchildren are Barbara L. Tereso (Claudio) of Holliston, MA. ; Melanie Beth Goldstein (Chris Martin) of Long Beach, CA and Stacey Ann Zagortz (Kevin) of Chicago, IL. His great grandchildren are Ashley Morgan Tereso, Lila Rose Tereso, Ethan Michael Zagortz and Wesley Noel Zagortz. Irving (and the family) was so very grateful for the love and special care he received from his caregivers Katherine Washington, Cerise Leonard, Shelley Lauren and most especially to Adrann Mitchell who also lovingly cared for Irving's wife, Joyce Brener Goldstein in the same wonderful way. Irving was a graduate of Fortier high school where he played First Trumpet in the band ahead of Al Hirt, his classmate. He graduated from Loyola with a degree in music and proudly served his country in the US Air Force where he received his flight training as a flight cadet also serving in the 99th Air Corps band. He briefly served as the band director at Behrman High School and opened Dance-Ranch, a retail business selling dancewear and western wear. Irv was very proud that he was responsible for outfitting a large number of Mardi Gras krewes and dancing schools throughout the City. Irving was perhaps the definitive New Orleanian, championing his native city whenever he could on his many worldwide travels with his beloved Joyce. He was a true expert on all things Orleanian including cuisine, The New Orleans Saints and especially Mardi Gras. He attended his first parade at 13 and never missed one as long as he was physically able. He was a devotee of military aviation and an enthusiastic memorabilia collector. His love of sports extended to all categories and especially tennis where he frequented City Park for many long matches. Perhaps Irving's greatest joy was in meeting new people. He was a social person to the highest degree. He was a baby cheek pincher extrordinaire. He never met a stranger, only a new friend. He will be sorely missed.
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