David M. Gold


David Marshall Gold passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020. He lived a life that will be remembered by many.  Born October 14, 1946 in Providence, David grew up in Pawtucket, RI and settled in North Smithfield for over four decades. He attended Worcester Academy and graduated from Bryant College in 1971. David was the owner of Gold International Machinery in Pawtucket, founded by his father Victor in 1961. David, his wife Marcia and his son Daniel worked together in this third generation business.

David was an outstanding and successful businessman. He was also involved in many community activities. Most recently, David was appointed President of the Pawtucket Business Development Corporation where he had been a Board Member since 2011.   He received the Nelson J. Gulski Service Award from Bryant University in 2017.

David was a patron of the arts. He and Marcia, his adored wife of 53 years and the love of his life, enjoyed and supported theatre and the arts.  Additionally, he was an accomplished photographer who began professionally creating innovative images and art in 1969. One of David’s photos is located in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

A source of pride for David was his home “The Gold Farm” in North Smithfield, RI where he raised horses and realized his childhood dream of having his own magical park and forest where he rode horses and ATV’s with family and friends.

Most of all for David was his love of family.  He was born to parents Victor and Josephine (Kortick) Gold. He met his wife Marcia at age 13 whom he married in 1967. His two sons, Daniel R. Gold and his late son, Joshua M. Gold, were a great source of pride and love, as were his grandchildren, Angelina Josephine and Kevin Gold of Florida, and Amelia Gold of Providence. David also leaves his beloved sisters, Jude Gold Barucha of New York, and Shari C. Gold-Gomez and brother-in-law Juan Fran Gomez, of Brookline, Massachusetts, who loved him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory can be made to: The Victor Gold Scholarship Fund at Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, R.I. 02917.

Funeral services and shiva will be private. A celebration of David’s life will be held at a later date.


  1. Bruce & Michelle Moreau
    Aug 30, 2020

    Marcia, Daniel and family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. David was always a special friend to my family and I. My daughter grew up knowing him as Uncle David. He had a big heart and was devoted to helping others. I recall him having me come talk to a young man he was trying to help with life choices, while I was on the police department. We know that this is a very difficult time for Marcia, Daniel and the family and please know that David’s memory will live on in his family, friends and all he touched. I was fortunate to know him as a friend. May he RIP.

  2. Cathy and Bob Oresman
    Aug 31, 2020

    Marcia and Danny

    We were so sorry to hear of David’s passing. Our thoughts and love are with you during this most difficult time. We have such fond memories of David Xoxo

  3. Enid (Frucht) Tober
    Aug 31, 2020

    I grew up with David in Pawtucket. I am so sorry to hear this news. Please know that my thoughts are with you..just so sad.

  4. Glazer Lori
    Aug 31, 2020

    We are so sorry to hear about David’s passing.
    David was a wonderful part of our Thursday mornings at Davis’. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed. May you be comforted amongst to mourners of Tzion.
    Joslin Davis
    Mark & Lori Glazer

  5. michelle duffy
    Aug 31, 2020

    Gold Family,
    50+ years of loving all of you …
    I have no words, my heart aches.
    sending sympathy and friendship
    Love to you all Michelle Rotmer Duffy

  6. Ronna and Gary Orleck
    Aug 31, 2020

    “Cousin David ” was a truly unique man and will be missed for his warmth, laughter and love of his family, both immediate and extended!
    Our sympathy goes out to Marcia ,Daniel and his grandchildren, all of whom he adored!!

    Aug 31, 2020

    Shari, Juan y Familia,

    It’s such a tragic loss and I can see how much this hurts and what a tremendous loss this was for you and your family. Please know that you have constantly been in my heart and in my prayers. May the loving memories and stories sustain you all.

    In sympathy,

    James Wiggins

  8. greg micallef
    Aug 31, 2020

    Marcia, Daniel, and family-
    I am so saddened to hear of David’s passing.
    He was legendary in business, family, and life!
    I have been honored to know him as a friend,
    and will always miss and remember him.
    Greg Micallef

  9. Aurore Carriere
    Sep 1, 2020

    My condolences to the Gold family in this very sad and difficult time. Thank you David for sharing your beautiful property with so many of us horse people. It was always so beautiful and safe. RIP Mr. Gold and may God bless you and your beautiful family!

  10. Régis, Sophie and Justine
    Sep 1, 2020

    Marcia, Dan,
    C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous avons appris le décès de David. Pour nous, Mister G était éternel. Nous avons tellement de souvenirs. Qu’il s’agisse de nous faire visiter Gold Machinery, de nous accueillir dans son domaine, la Gold Farm, d’aller faire du quad avec ses petites filles et Justine, de nous faire découvrir Passover … Mister G nous a marqués par sa bonne humeur, son sens de l’accueil, sa générosité. Nous garderons en mémoire tous ces moments passés ensemble.
    Nous pensons bien fort à vous et vous souhaitons bon courage.
    Régis, Sophie et Justine.

  11. Paul Mooney
    Sep 1, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. My company bought many machines from him and we became good friends over the years. Used to meet at Barney’s for a bagel many mornings and then at Modern Diner when Barney’s closed. He always had a smile and great words of encouragement. My life is better for having known him. May he Rest In Peace

  12. Paul Gaffney
    Sep 1, 2020

    To the Gold family,

    My deepest condolences to you.

    It was a great pleasure to have known David throughout the years personally and as co-members of the Machinery Dealers National Association. David was an interesting and knowledgeable collector of equipment. I enjoyed hearing the stories of his treasures and the finesse of his conversations. He will be missed!


  13. John Bouley
    Sep 1, 2020

    Dear Gold family,
    I have known and done business with David for years. At Machinery Dealers meetings I would always try to sit next to David because I really enjoyed his company.
    I will miss him

  14. Lorrie Beaumont
    Sep 1, 2020

    My heartfelt condolences to the entire Gold family. David was always one of my favorite ASA Boston Chapter members. His wonderful smile and kindness will not be forgotten. He will certainly be missed by many.

    Lorrie Beaumont
    President, ASA

  15. Tom Ouhrabka
    Sep 1, 2020

    I am saddened today to learn of David’s passing. He was a business friend and became a friend, someone who I cared for and respected. He loved his family that was central to his life. There is much about living that I learned from David. He was a colorful character with a serious yet playful approach to life. I went to Europe with him on a business trip some years ago where he greeted everyone he met with his charm and robust personality. It seemed that he knew everyone.
    I saw Marcia and David at the airport a few months back. He stood up and gave me a hug. I hugged him back. I will miss you David.
    Tom Ouhrabka

  16. Roger Durkin
    Sep 1, 2020

    Oh my. Baruch Dayan Emet. David was a good soul whose smile could win any argument. I will miss you my friend

  17. Michelle Kaplan Greco
    Sep 2, 2020

    Marcia and Dan, I’m so very sorry for your loss. David was a wonderful person who meant a lot to so many. I looked forward to seeing him every morning at Barneys, he always made me laugh and brought a smile to so many faces there. I hope the happy memories you have of him help you get through this most difficult time. May his memory be a blessing.

  18. Marvin Rubin
    Sep 2, 2020

    so sorry for your loss. I met David many years ago as we attended many auctions. as we talked he asked me if I ever get small scales as he collects them. at that time I had many rare and antique scales and he came to my shop and bought them all. he was really a fun guy to be around. you always knew when David was in the room. he was one of the good guys. I will miss him.

    Sep 2, 2020

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Gold. May you find strength in his footprints and courage in his memory.


    Alissa Stuckey

  20. Beverly Scheuer
    Sep 3, 2020

    My heartfelt and deepest sympathy Marcia to you and the family. My thoughts and love are with you at this difficult time.

    Cousin Beverly

  21. Robin Warde
    Sep 4, 2020

    Bryant University has lost a true champion much too early. Our thoughts are with Marcia and the family. We will miss David’s frequent visits to campus and his support of our teams, students and the University as a whole. He was the consummate ambassador. We were certainly proud to recognize him with our highest service award for his many years of dedication to alma mater.

  22. Jolie Shushansky
    Sep 7, 2020

    The deep sadness I feel at the passing of cousin David is in sharp contrast to the joy of his colorful and robust life. He led the house full of cousins in Pawtucket and had Marcia by his side even as a teenager. David’s flare for art, photography, horses, cars, food and his business is legendary. He and Marcia entrusted Daniel to me to be tutored for his Bar Mitzvah, and attended every family function with smiles, hugs and a genuine feeling of connection. Larry and I are praying for you, Marcia, and the immediate family in this time of grief.

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