Alan Paul Golobski, 72, of Methuen passed away peacefully Friday, August 3, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Albin and Mary (Pankauski) Golobski.
Al was proud to have been raised and educated in Methuen. A graduate of Tenney High School ‘64, Al attended Boston State College before being drafted into the U.S. Amy in 1967. Al served at Fort Hood in Texas from 1968-1972. A trip off-base to Galveston led to the serendipitous meeting of the love of his life, Marilyn (Lang) Golobski. Al and Marilyn married in 1969 and resided in Texas for eleven years, during which time Al graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, worked for the State of Texas, and earned his pilot’s license. Planning to return to Methuen to raise a family, Al and Marilyn sold their belongings and traveled the country in a motorhome enjoying many adventures.
In 1980, Al built a house in the Valley, neighboring his family and long-time friends. Here, he and Marilyn raised their daughter, Lisa (Golobski) Twomey and made decades of fond memories. Al worked as the Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue for several years and was known for spearheading and orchestrating many significant charitable efforts to benefit homeless women and children and the victims of 9/11. Upon retirement, Al served as overseer for the Lithuanian National Catholic Cemetery and built a house for his daughter and son-in-law, Matthew Twomey in his treasured Valley neighborhood. Al deeply cherished the past seven years during which he cared for and doted on his grandsons, Alan and Langdon Twomey, every day.
A sports enthusiast and a Methuen-Tenney High Hall of Famer who scored 53 points in one basketball game before the advent of the three-point line, Al was a staunch supporter of Methuen athletics and spent many years coaching and supporting his daughter’s teams in and beyond Methuen. He never missed a game. Al had been very active in the PTO at the Pleasant Valley School and the Comprehensive Grammar School and ardently encouraged his daughter’s academic endeavors. He also enjoyed owning antique cars, woodworking, hand-crafting bowls, fishing, traveling often with his wife, and spending time with his family. His grandsons were his greatest joy.
Al was predeceased by his sister, Marlene (Golobski) Sanders, and beloved aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Marilyn (Lang) Golobski of Methuen; daughter, Dr. Lisa Golobski Twomey and her husband, Matthew Twomey of Methuen; sister, Gail (Golobski) Fuller of Virginia Beach, VA; brother, Paul Golobski of Methuen; and grandsons, Alan and Langdon Twomey of Methuen. He also leaves several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members, and dear friends.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 3:30-7:30 PM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. A funeral service will be held at 7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alan’s memory may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114 or via https://giving.massgeneral.org/cancer/donate.