In Loving Memory
By now many of you have heard that hip’s beloved founder and former President/CEO Eileen Goff passed away on August 3, 2019. The opening paragraph of her obituary stated that she was a woman of remarkable warmth, generosity, dignity and accomplishment. The funeral service was a wonderful tribute to her with the chapel filled with family, friends and local dignitaries all recounting how Eileen touched their lives in so many positive ways.
I first met Eileen when I was working as a Rehabilitation Counselor and we went for a visit to see this new program called Independent Living run out of Englewood. I was not only happy to see this new service starting in the community but I was totally impressed by this dynamic woman who was filled with ideas on how to reach a forgotten segment of society; people with disabilities.
Over the years we spent time together at many statewide events, seminars and meetings and she was always the person you’d want to sit with because she asked the best and most challenging questions. She also had great stories about her travels and escapades on the slopes and hiking trails.
Though she had been retired from hip for the past two years she kept in touch with the Board and staff members and shared several celebrations of her achievements like the Russ Berrie, Michael Lione and Celia Weissman awards in addition to being named a hip All-Star.
In our upcoming newsletter we will feature a tribute section so if you have a special recollection of Eileen please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Memorial contributions can be made to hip for the Eileen Goff Legacy Fund in care of Trish Carney.
Brian Fitzgibbons, MPA, CRC