Elliott Goldberg, a former accountant and a 20-year resident of Montauk Highway in East Hampton Village, died at home on April 11. He was 75 and had been ill for some time, his wife, Ellen Goldberg, said.
He was born on May 19, 1937, in Brooklyn to Samuel Goldberg and the former Esfir Sonkin. He grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School.
From early on, he was an accomplished musician. He had done some composing and was accepted into the Juilliard School to study classical piano, Ms. Goldberg said. He spent time in the theater as well, appearing in summer stock productions in Edgartown, Mass., and Kentucky. With associates he produced adult and children’s plays at Theatre East in New York City. He also played the clarinet.
However, at his mother’s urging, he changed his life’s path, enrolling at New York University, from which he graduated with a degree in business administration and accounting.
After college, Mr. Goldberg began work as an accountant, living in Manhattan and sometimes summering in rentals on the South Fork. Connections made during that period led to work here, including with Frank Dragotta putting the numbers together for, among other projects, the Windward Shores development on Napeague.
He eventually moved to East Hampton full time, becoming a managing partner of Grubman Associates, which had an office on the second floor of the Rowe's Pharmacy building at the corner of Main Street and Newtown Lane.
Among Grubman Associates’ bigger jobs was performing audits for the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, for which Mr. Goldberg would travel to Washington, D.C.
Ms. Goldberg, the former Ellen Waldron, said her husband was extremely intelligent and continued his passion for music all his life. He also greatly enjoyed reading, especially history, she said.
He loved children, she said, and helped raise a young niece and a nephew, Robert and Erin Waldron, who spent roughly seven years in the couple’s East Hampton house. He had one child, Michael Goldberg, from a previous marriage, who now lives in Arizona. He is also survived by several other nieces and nephews.
Burial was in the Mount Judah Cemetery in Queens on April 12. Donations can be made to the East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.