Edwin Francis (Ed) Goff was born in Charleston WV on April 14, 1941 to Harley Maurice Goff and Helen Custer Goff. He grew up in South Charleston and attended South Charleston High School, graduating in the class of 1959. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1963 and a Masters in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He and the former Ann Gewin of Nitro, WV were married on September 8, 1962, and enjoyed 58 wonderful years together.
Ed joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1963 and began a lifelong career there. He retired in Pittsburgh as Director of Total Compensation Management where he was responsible for the corporation’s compensation and benefits plans, including designing and implementing executive compensation programs and variable pay plans and programs for employees and executives. After he retired from Westinghouse, Ed went on to do individual consulting in compensation and benefits for several years.
While in Pittsburgh, Ed served as an instructor in Compensation at LaRoche College in its graduate program in Human Resources Management. He was a past Chairman of American Compensation Association (now WorldatWork), a professional organization of compensation and benefits professionals. He served on the National Leadership Coalition for Health Care Reform, the Board of Directors of the Association of Private Pension and Welfare Plans, the Conference Board Council on Executive Compensation, the ERISA Industry Committee, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans. He was also an instructor for WorldatWork’s Certified Compensation Professional program, a course developer for WorldatWork and a past leader of the Annual Executive Compensation Symposium.
Ed and Ann moved to Reynolds Lake Oconee in August of 1998, where he enjoyed playing golf with his friends and family. He also enjoyed snow skiing and he and Ann spent many winters in the Colorado Rockies, as well as traveling throughout the world. He volunteered for the American Red Cross in Disaster Services, and drove a tanker truck for Old Salem Fire Department.
Ed served on the vestry at Christ Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, attended Church of the Advent in Madison, and for the past 15 years has been a member of The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro where he tutored in the after school program for a number of years. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease several years ago and in June of 2020 moved into the memory care unit at The Glen of Lake Oconee, where he died peacefully of complications from COVID-19 on January 13, 2021 with his wife Ann and daughter Tara holding his hands and his favorite Elvis gospel music playing softly. He was much loved by his family and will be greatly missed by Ann; his daughter Tara Kamradt and son in law Mark Peters of Chicago; son Sean and daughter in law Leslie (Riley) of Chattanooga; and four grandchildren Harrison John Kamradt, Samuel Patrick Goff, Riley McKenna Goff and Sean Declan Goff. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and three sisters. He is also survived by a sister in law, Bobbie Goff in WV, and several nieces and nephews.
Ed will be cremated and his cremains interred in the garden at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, Georgia, at a small service for immediate family. A celebration of his life is tentatively planned for some date in the future. Donations in Ed’s memory can be made to The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, the Alzheimer’s Association, or other charity. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.
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