Goodness, Truth, Beauty

Five and a half years ago I cried, sang & officiated at my Grandmother, Florence Goodman’s funeral. And this weekend, on a cloudless, magnificent day in Southern California, I cried, sang & co-officiated with Rabbi Saul Strosberg from Nashville, for her partner of sixty-five years… my beloved Grandfather, Calvin Goodman.  Goodness, Truth & Beauty is what he embodied in everything he did.  GeeTeeBee was the name of the LLC that my Grandparents created.  I can think of no better way and no better words to describe the way my Grandfather lived his life and did his work.  My eulogy was written to capture the essence and brilliance of this man.  Since nothing can adequately do that, I will offer this as an acceptable substitute.


I am here to pay tribute to the most authentic, honest, and wonderful character I have ever known, and will ever know, my grandfather, Calvin Goodman.

I use the word character because in the truest sense Grandpa was a character, like someone out of the movies, only he was more real, more genuine and more dimensional than any matinee idol could ever hope to be.

When I think about Grandpa’s character I think about Honor – how he honored his wife and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  How he Honored the clients he cared for and loved so much and how he Honored the knowledge he carried in his amazing brain, by guiding, advising and connecting to all of us, giving us the best part of him freely and with unlimited love.

Eight months ago Grandpa was already slipping.  Even so,  I sat with my children at Grandpa’s table and he sang Minnie the Moocher better than Cab Calloway ever could and I marveled at his resilience, his style, and his brilliance.  I knew then what could never slip away was his indomitable spirit, his charm and his magnificent personality.

Rarely have I known anyone who could offer support, guidance, connection and unconditional love like Grandpa.  He was the truest form of love I’ve experienced in my life so far.

Character isn’t something defined by what you say, but by what you do. I’m proud to say this one-of-a-kind character was my grandfather.  Our last remaining connection to the great generation who defended this country against unspeakable tyranny, raised families, and made something of themselves.

But Calvin Goodman did even more.  He made something of everyone around him.  He made us his priority and in so doing, created a legacy that will live on long into the future.

I love you Grandpa, and I always will.


6 Responses to Goodness, Truth, Beauty
  1. Jenn Deutsch
    August 23, 2011 | 4:36 pm


    Love and light for you at this time. I express my deepest condolences. I am glad to know someone else cherishs a Grandma and Grandpa the way I cherished and loved mine. I am just thankful my grandparents lived with me part of each week for as long as they did and too passed on special things. I send you a hug too {Shira}.


    • Diva-Mama
      August 23, 2011 | 8:40 pm

      How blessed are we to have received their love, compassion and wisdom. Thank you, Jenn, for your heartfelt comments.

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    August 29, 2011 | 4:59 pm” Hi I am wanting to know if I may use this post on one of my blogs if I link back to you? Thanks

    • Diva-Mama
      August 29, 2011 | 5:03 pm

      Of course . . . much appreciated. Anything that honors my Grandfather is good with me!

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