Oakland--Peter W. Golden, 70, of Oakland, passed away December 12, 2020 at Northern Light Inland Hospital in Waterville after a brief illness. He was born in Gardiner, Maine on May 13, 1950 to the late Robert J. Golden and M. Pauline Dodge Golden.\r\n\r\nPeter was a 1968 graduate of Gardiner Area High School and Dartmouth College class of 1972. He went on to do graduate work for two years at the University of No. Carolina. Peter worked for the Social Security Administration for 30 years—beginning his career in Rockland, Maine and ending in Baltimore, Maryland as a computer program analyst.\r\n\r\nIn addition to his parents, Peter was predeceased by his brother Bob Nason. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Noreen Tobey Golden of Oakland; sons Tobey Farrington (Karen) of Scarborough; Andrew Golden (Deb) of Waterville; grandchildren Andrew Farrington, Ashley Farrington and Jillian Golden. He also leaves behind his three sisters Carolyn Goggin of West Gardiner, Janine Brown (Ted) of Paradise Valley, Arizona, and Trish Lorenz (Al) of Brewer as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.\r\n\r\nAt an early age Peter became interested in genealogy and it developed into a lifelong passion. He also enjoyed golfing and singing with Sacred Harp groups throughout the country. Peter had an amazing memory for dates and details and was always happy to share genealogy information with family.\r\n\r\nPeter was a member of the Palermo Historical Society (where he served as treasurer for several years), Kennebec Historical Society and Taconnett Falls Genealogy Society.\r\n\r\nDuring Peter’s times singing with Sacred Harp groups, he gained acquaintances and friends who shared his passion for music. These friends graciously recorded and dedicated songs for Peter to enjoy during his illness.\r\n\r\nTime shared with children and grandchildren brought Peter much joy. Many happy memories resulted from watching Tobey play and coach lacrosse; coaching Andrew’s little league team; exploring Civil War battlefields with Drew; cheering on Ashley at ice hockey games; or playing the part of the handsome prince to Jillian’s princess in the family plays she wrote.\r\n\r\nThose who wish to honor Peter’s memory could do any of the following: have a lobster cookout with family, play a round of golf with friends or become actively involved in your local historical society.\r\n\r\nThe family would like to thank the staff at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and Northern Light Inland Hospital for their care and kindness given to Peter and his family during his hospitalization.\r\n\r\nA celebration of life will be held when it is safe to gather again.