William A. Gold, a decorated World War II veteran who worked as a manager for Tri-State Distributors, died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Mount Washington resident was 85.
A Baltimore native, Mr. Gold was a graduate of City College and was drafted into the Army. He served with the Americal Division's 26th Signal Company in the South Pacific, earning two Bronze Stars for his service, according to his family. He received an honorable discharge as a second lieutenant in 1945.
It was a time he was reluctant to recount to others for much of his life, said his son, Carl R. Gold of Towson. When he was in his 70s, he joined a veterans association and finally began to open up about his experiences, but "it still didn't come easily," Carl Gold said.
After he returned from the war, Mr. Gold went to gemology school on the GI Bill and held a series of jobs before working at Tri-State, his son said.
He was an avid painter and had later taken up sculpting. He also enjoyed reading and loved classical music, his son said. He was an active volunteer, driving for Meals on Wheels and for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
"He was just the epitome of the Greatest Generation," his son said.
Services are private.
In addition to his son, Mr. Gold is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Harriet Rosenberg; two daughters, Sally B. Gold of Baltimore and Deborah Gold of Philadelphia; and three grandchildren.