Dale R. Golon, 70

NAPLES — Dale Richard Golon, 70, of Naples, passed away peacefully on Christmas morning, days after celebrating Christmas early surrounded by the noise and laughter of his grandchildren.

Dale was born on Nov. 26, 1948, in Greenville, South Carolina, the son of an Air Force colonel and nurse, and grew up moving around the country from base to base. 

He was a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he met his wife of nearly 47 years, Betsey-Ann Coombs Golon. Together they traveled the U.S., before setting down and raising two sons, Nathan and Nicholas, and built a successful herb business out of their farmhouse in Naples known as Common Folk Farm. Dale was also a master electrician, a geography and history buff (he was regularly gifted a new World Atlas to replace a worn copy and was a must have on your team for trivia), and rarely encountered anything mechanical that he couldn't fix. A man of few words, but quick of wit, he masterminded many games to keep his rambunctious boys and later his grandchildren, Elise (eight), Adeline (three), and Cassian (1) entertained.

Dale's proudest accomplishment was his loving family. He was an ever-present source of support to his sons, and a constant source of laughter to his three grandchildren.

At his request there will be no service or memorial but a private family ceremony next spring.

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