Goldsmith, Howard “Goldie”

Howard “Goldie” Goldsmith born April 28, 1941 passed at the age of 82. He will be remembered as a beloved son, father, uncle and coach.

A star hockey player at Hope high school and Boston College, and known as the founding father of surfing in New England, he was inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame. As a business man he started as a surfboard builder and shop owner, and went on to found and lead Todd Enterprises. He also owned and updated several key commercial buildings, revitalizing an area of Wakefield, RI.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Goldsmith, children, Michele and Mat, grandchildren, Finn, Wyatt, Mercer, and Asher, and daughter-in-law, Cheryl.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 14, in Shalom Memorial Chapel, 1100 New London Avenue, Cranston. In lieu of gifts, the family has requested donations be made to the Alzheimer’s association.

To view the pre-recorded service, please click here.


  1. Josh Edenbaum
    Apr 11, 2024

    My heartfelt condolences to the entire Goldsmith family. I have such fond memories of him and surfing and all he taught me.

    May his life be a blessing

  2. Jane Pressman
    Apr 11, 2024

    Dear Sharon and family.

    There aren’t enough words to express my sympathy, he was very special to us…
    Much Love

  3. Elsa Kotler
    Apr 12, 2024

    Dear Sharon, sincere condolences to you and your family at this time of great loss. May your happy memories and the love of family friends bring you comfort now and in the months ahead.

  4. Steve and Joan Levitt
    Apr 12, 2024

    Our condolence on the passing of Howie. We had many years of memories surfing at naragansett.

  5. Hank Priest
    Apr 12, 2024

    I still remember the first surf shop on Budlong Road in Cranston. He truly brought surfing to RI even though high tide was no where in sight in Cranston. He was an icon.
    His life was a blessing, condolences to his extended family.

  6. JimGorman
    Apr 12, 2024

    Howie meant a lot to me. He gave me my first job at the surf shop and taught me the meaning of the word ‘work’. There were many adventurous endeavors that followed. He was a role model for me and I think of him often. Condolences to Sharon and family.

  7. Sharon and family
    My deepest condolences to you all. Howie was a legend! Loved spending time with you both at Narragansett beach for years.
    May all of your wonderful memories help during this difficult time for you all.
    Sending love
    Cheryl Greenfeld Teverow

  8. Beverly Mann-Paris
    Apr 14, 2024

    Dear Sharon and family. My deepest condolences. I hope Howard’s memories comfort you and the entire family at this difficult time!
    Beverly Mann-Paris

  9. Judy Robbins
    Apr 14, 2024

    So sorry. Howard and Sharon meando much to us. Love Judy

  10. Peter Carlson
    Apr 15, 2024

    Dearest Sharon, Michele and Mat, I was deeply saddened to read that Howard had passed. I only got to read the obits in the Sunday paper late in the afternoon so I was unable to attend the service. Howard was one of a kind. His energy and creativity were boundless. It was a pleasure (and a challenge) to have worked with him. He always had a future project he was working on, even if it meant he was out selling it before he even had a prototype. I alway enjoy running into a Todd product on my travels. The last one was a Gas Caddy down in Florida, and, if I’m in a marina, I alway check the chairs. My sincerest condolences and best wishes. Regards, Pete

  11. Kurt & Lisa Forsman
    Apr 16, 2024

    Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Goldsmith family. Howie was a legend in the Marine Industry and will truly be missed and remembered. May all the best memories comfort you during this time of sadness.

    Apr 20, 2024

    Dear Sharon and Family. My deepest condolences on the loss of
    Howie . My thoughts are with you at this time . May your memories always bring comfort to you all.

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