Obituary: Saul W. Goldberg / Real estate attorney, enthusiastic traveler

April 18, 1923 - Sept. 14, 2013

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Saul W. Goldberg wanted it known that he preferred horse racing and traveling to golf.

"He told me he was sick of seeing these death notices that said 'so-and-so was an avid golfer,' " his daughter, Janet Stedman said. "So I promised him, 'Saul, I'll put in your notice that you never golfed a day in your life.' I think he liked that idea."

Mr. Goldberg, of Forest Hills, died Sept. 14 at Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Squirrel Hill, of natural causes. He was 90.

A real estate attorney, Mr. Goldberg lived in Pittsburgh his entire life. But he and his late wife, Shirley Z. Goldberg, loved to travel so much that after he retired, his daughter said their home didn't have modern conveniences like a microwave or a dishwasher.

"They always intended to be on the road," Mrs. Stedman said of her parents.

The family's many trips included horse pack trips in Montana and visits to nearly all the country's national parks when she and her brother were young, Mrs. Stedman said. Her parents continued their travels after her father's retirement, adding visits to New Zealand and Australia.

Mr. Goldberg developed a love for cruises, she added. "He went anywhere [cruise line] Holland America would take him."

After his wife died in 1996, Mr. Goldberg continued to travel, taking recent cruises to the Amazon, the Panama Canal and Alaska. He traveled frequently to New York and London because he loved musical theater, and went to see many live performances.

Mr. Goldberg served in the Army in India during World War II. Mrs. Stedman said he spent a year at Yale learning Chinese, because the Army planned to send him to China as well. By the time he was finished, there was no longer a need for Chinese interpreters. "That was the kind of story he would tell and say, 'That was the Army,' " Mrs. Stedman recalled.

In addition to Mrs. Stedman, who resides in Oregon, Mr. Goldberg is survived by his son, Jay R. Goldberg, of Forest Hills, and two grandchildren.

Funeral services and internment will be private.


Kim Lyons: or 412-263-1241

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