William A. Golden Jr. of Mashpee died at home on August 17. He was 93.
He was the husband of Elizabeth E. Golden for 58 years. His wife died last year.
Originally from New York, he was born in New Rochelle and raised in Larchmont.
He graduated from Iona Preparatory School in 1946, where he was a standout on the football field; he played half-back on the 1945 team that nearly went undefeated and his tenacity on the gridiron earned him the nickname Crazy Legs Golden. Summers found him at Larchmont Yacht Club racing Shields One-Design sailboats, teaching junior sailing, and crewing and working for popular yachtsmen of the day.
After attending Iona College, he served in the US Air Force.
Mr. Golden began his career in food service management as a trainee at Union News Corp. in New York City. He started out managing the concessions at Rockefeller Center Skating Rink, then worked his way up to be a manager of the Rainbow Room.
He met Elizabeth Eigo and they were married in 1962.
In 1968 Mr. Golden was named president of Crotty Brothers Inc., a food-service management company based in Boston. The couple reconnected with her friends from Newton College of the Sacred Heart and formed new friendships, and raised four children in Newton. Mr. Golden was a parishioner of St. Bernard’s Church and a member at Brae Burn Country Club, where he golfed regularly.
Mr. Golden eventually founded his own food-service management company, Merit Foods, which he ran for 20 years.
He had a love of cooking, and was known for perfectly grilling steak and making apple pie from scratch. He and his wife were fond of entertaining and hosted many dinners.
The Goldens purchased a home in the Southport community in 2006 and spent their retirement in Mashpee. Here, they pursued their shared love of golf and became active members of Parish of Christ the King.
He leaves his two daughters and two sons and their spouses, Sheila Devine and Ben Devine of Falmouth, Maine, Mary Byrne Krier and Robert L. Krier of Concord, William A. Golden of San Francisco, California, and Andrew J. Golden and Barrett Godsey Golden of Larchmont, New York; and seven grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, August 24, at Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee.
Burial was private.