Fredric G. Golinko, of Newton, passed away on July 25 at the age of 73, surrounded by those who loved him, after a courageous battle with meningioma. He was the adoring husband of Eileen Martin, cherished son of the late Joseph and Minna Golinko, devoted father of Theo (Beth Hibbard), Ivan (Michele O’Marah) and Emily, proud grandfather of Ellis, favorite brother of Phyllis (Jim McDonald) and Margo, fond uncle to Sarah Egan (Patrick) and Noah, and their children.
Fred grew up in West Orange, NJ. In high school, he was an Eagle Scout and All-American running back, lettering in tennis, track and football. He attended Harvard College and Pratt Institute. He was a connoisseur of all things– a true renaissance man. Fred approached life with positivity and gusto. A critical thinker, he was never afraid to speak his mind and stand up for others. He was a brilliant graphic designer, winning multiple awards including a Gold Clio. Enthusiastic and passionate about everything he did, he was an optimistic golfer, a wine connoisseur (member of Chevaliers du Tastevin and WFSB), and an inventor. He loved gardening, music, dancing, cooking/grilling, and never missed watching the Patriots play. He was “fabulous”, funny, quirky, loving and gentle. He will be greatly missed by the family he loved deeply, his friends and colleagues. As Fred was fond of saying, “Be Well”.
A memorial service celebrating Fred’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 31 at 1:00 pm at the Andover Newton Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Road, Newton. Shiva will be observed following the service at the family home until 7:00 pm. Donations in Fred’s memory may be made to honor his medical team and support their ongoing research: Dr. Jong Woo Lee and Dr. Ian Dunn, c/o Brigham & Women’s Hospital Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116 or Dr. Priscilla Kaliopi Brastianos, c/o Mass General Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Ste. 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101.