Martin “Skip” Goode

November 25, 1928 - February 14, 2016

11/25/1928 - 02/14/2016

Past Services

Thursday March 10, 2016
2:00 pm
Ohef Sholom Temple
530 Raleigh Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23507
7576254295 | Directions

Cmdr. Martin “Skip” Goode passed away on February 14, 2016 at home surrounded by family.Skip was born in Trenton, NJ on November 25, 1928 but grew up in Brooklyn, NY. 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, NC, her child Kelly Goode and her child Oliver; daughter Francheska Yeskolski (Stanley)of Virginia Beach, VA, and her children Sean MacElwee and Alex Yeskolski; niece Jill Katzenberg of Cleveland Heights, OH.
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 Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater for bringing such wonderful people into our home like Annie, Simone, and Vanessa, and Jewish Family Services for Newton, and Juliet.  A very special thank you to Jamie Knight, of 2 West at Sentara Leigh for her excellence in care and for her tender kindness to our loved one. And a final thank you to Altmeyer Funeral Home for attending to the needs of our family.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Martin Goode will be held at 2 o’clock pm on March 10, 2016 at Ohef Sholom Temple, 530 Raleigh Ave Norfolk, VA 2350. Condolences can be made at

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8 years ago

A lifetime of service

Vern Tolliver
2 years ago

Skip was very kind hearted to me when my wife, Leah, passed.

Vern Tolliver
2 years ago

He was very good hearted to me after my wife passed.

Mr. Gyula Hautzinger (Hungary)
8 years ago

Dear My Colleague and Friend Skip,
You’ve wrote this title as dedication years ago, when you presented me the fantastic picture, where you were lending on USN aircraft carrier “Leyta” during Korean War. Now, today you’re starting to rising again from the deck to the Sky joining your Heroes Wing, to Jessie Brown and others. Good flight, and please keep your eyes and defend us from overthere!
With Last Salute,
Gyula Hautzinger COL (Ret) HU A

Adam Makos
8 years ago

I’ve interviewed a lot of veterans, hundreds, upon hundreds, it’s what I do for a living. But Marty Goode was a special one.

He was a Top Gun of 1950, a navy carrier pilot, the best of the best. But Marty wasn’t the “Maverick” or “Ice Man” type. Sure, he was the real deal, a boxer, a fighter. But what set Marty apart was his gentleness, his humbleness.

He had risen through the ranks, from enlisted sailor to Commander, a feat that takes courage, focus, and sharp intellect. Along the way, he won so many friends. He was a champion of Jesse Brown, the navy’s first African-American fighter pilot, and a trusted wingman to Tom Hudner, the future Medal of Honor recipient.

For the longest time, Marty was a bachelor, known for his charm and easy-going demeanor. But on closer look, it seems he was searching all along for that one girl who would freeze time in its tracks. And I’m pleased to say he found her, Paula, and everything changed. That was 48 years ago.

Marty would be the first to admit, he lived a wonderful life. And I’d say he didn’t just live a good life—he shared it. He lived to serve his country, his friends, and strangers like this author and his father who came to Marty in search of a story. Marty gave us that and more: an example worth emulating.

So now it’s my turn to pay it back. Someday, when someone asks for my help, I’ll be there for them. And I’ll think of Marty. He will be missed but never forgotten.

elizabeth claire
8 years ago

Skip was the first person to welcome me to the Virginia Beach Toastmasters Club when I joined six years ago. His speeches were always enlightening and charming. He provided many historic points of information, and had a great sense of humor. He added a great deal to the club when he was present.