Sept. 27, 1928 - July 14, 2015
Theodore S. Golda, a retired Border Patrol officer and veteran of the Coast Guard, died July 14 at the Batavia VA Medical Center. He was 86.
Born in Niagara Falls, Mr. Golda was raised on a small dairy farm in Utica. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in January 1947, and spent six years on active duty from 1947-1953. He was stationed in Hawaii, Guam, the Philippine Islands and Japan. In 1952, he stood Honor Guard for then-President Harry S. Truman when he visited the Coast Guard Academy.
He retired in September 1988 as a Chief Warrant Officer after 37 years of active and reserve duty. After retirement, he spent some time living in Mystic, Conn., where he worked as a shipwright at Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, where they built nuclear submarines.
In the Border Patrol, Mr. Golda worked in Del Rio, Texas, before transferring to Buffalo in 1967. He was promoted in 1974 to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent. In 1980, he was appointed Patrol Agent in charge of the Buffalo Border Patrol Station.
He retired at the age of 55 in December 1984, after 26 years in government service.
His son, Steven Golda, took a similar path and is a Border Patrol agent stationed in Temecula, Calif.
In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife, Marlene; two daughters, Lisa Bookhagen and Jacqueline; a sister, Helene Motyka; and four grandchildren.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park, 1715 Bedell Road, Grand Island with full military honors.