The world lost not only a great cartoonist but a wonderful person yesterday evening. Longtime Berndt Toast Gang member, Marvel and Archie cartoonist (among many other titles), compatriot, mentor, friend and American icon, Stan Goldberg passed away after suffering a severe stroke a few weeks ago.
He and Pauline were great supporters of the Berndt Toast Gang and the National Cartoonists Society. They travelled with us, on practically a moments notice, to cartoon festivals in Ireland (the Rathdrum International Cartoon Festival) and France (Salon international du dessin de press at St. Just Le Martel). Whenever the Berndt Toast Gang held an exhibition or asked for volunteers for a charity, Stan would be there.
Stan was also a part of our family. He and Pauline watched as our children grew. Stan had to approve any boyfriends vying for my daughter’s affection. When her husband first met Stan, I think he was more concerned about getting Stan’s okay than he was about meeting me.
The greatest achievement in life is to leave this world a better place than when we entered it. Stan has certainly fulfilled that goal. He has brought happiness and laughter into the lives of his many thousands of fans, his friends and his family. In a life with more than its share of tragedy, Stan persevered and together with his wonderful wife, Pauline, has created a legacy that will survive through the coming generations. A body of work to inspire and bring joy to all who see it.
As those of us in the Berndt Toast Gang know, Stan’s passing has left a void that cannot be filled. In memory of all the wonderful times we’ve spent with Stan, there will always be an empty chair at our future meetings. Just to remind us of the great friend Stan has been and, as he would wish, to also remember all the great cartoonists of the Berndt Toast Gang who have preceded him.
If you would like to do something to make the world a little better, please consider Stan’s family’s request that donations may be made in his memory to:
East End Hospice
481 Westhampton-Riverhead Road
PO Box 1048
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Stan and Pauline at our daughter’s wedding reception last year. Photo by Peter Edson.
Stan Goldberg presents me with a card he drew and signed by all the cartoonists at the Bunny Bash. Photo by John Pennisi,