Martin “Skip” Goode

by | Mar 11, 2016 | Obituaries

Norfolk —Cmdr. Martin “Skip” Goode passed away on February 14, 2016 at home surrounded by family.

Skip was born in Trenton, N.J. on November 25, 1928, but grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. His parents, Maurice and Rebecca Goode, brother Leon Goode, and sister Sylvia Katzenberg predeceased him.

Skip leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Paula; daughter Nelegene Bringsjord (Norman) of Edinburg, Va., her children Carmen Green, Gabriel Green, Daniel Green (Candace) and his children Kylee and Taylor; daughter Cheryl Goode of Hendersonville, N.C., her child Kelly Goode and her child Oliver; daughter Francheska Yeskolski (Stanley) of Virginia Beach, and her children Sean MacElwee and Alex Yeskolski; niece Jill Katzenberg of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Skip enlisted in the Navy at 17 and became a flying midshipman. He earned his wings and became a F4U Corsair fighter pilot as a member of the squadron Fighting 32. He flew 40 missions during the Korean War. Some of his Korean War adventures are recorded in a recently published book, Devotion by Adam Makos. Skip served on two carriers including being department head aboard the USS Boxer, was a helicopter test pilot at Sikorsky Aircraft for the Navy, and the rest of his tours were in financial management. He retired in 1972 after 27 years of service.

Following retirement from the Navy, Skip worked for several accounting firms including L K H &H and Goodman & Company, as well as holding other executive positions. He held the position of administrator under Walter Chrysler at the Chrysler Museum and served as comptroller simultaneously for Paramount Industries and CODI Associates. Skip retired from the work force again, but took on a consulting position at Old Dominion University and subsequently started his own financial consulting business, Goode Executive Enterprises.

Skip loved to learn and his education was ongoing. He earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech; MA in Administration from George Washington University; Certified Public Accounting Review from La Salle University; Professional Financial Planner certificate from ODU College of Business & Public Administration; and many other certificates from various colleges.

Skip was a member of Toastmasters Club #3267 for over 25 years and made many friends there. He was also a member of the Association of Management Accountants and served as president from 1977 to 1980. After retiring, yet again, Skip enjoyed spending time playing tennis, and lunching with friends. He enjoyed volunteering at Ohef Sholom Temple, where his expertise was needed. Skip and Paula belonged to many social and investment groups throughout the years and in the last several years they took up Argentine Tango where they had great fun and made many new friends.

Skip will be sorely missed by friends and loved ones. Special thanks to Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater and Jewish Family Service.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Martin Goode was held at at Ohef Sholom Temple. Altmeyer Funeral Home. Condolences can be made at