In Memory

Philip Goldman

Philip Goldman

Philip Morris Goldman passed away on January 20th, 2023 with his loving family by his side. Phil was 79 years old, born in Cook County Illinois on September 29th, 1943, to Bernard and Arline Goldman. Phil was raised in Wilmette with his younger brother Barney and sister Deborah, both of whom recently predeceased him. He attended New Trier High School then moved to Cincinnati Ohio and graduated from Woodward High School in 1961. He attended Clemson University until he married his first wife Sharon Nunnelly who predeceased him in 2011. Phil was always an entrepreneur focused on food service and bought his first restaurant in 1966. Subsequently, he worked his way into an ownership role with RMI which owned and operated the Arby's franchise in the tri-state area of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. He went on to serve as Arby's National Marketing Director. He and Sharon raised their three boys, Todd, Michael and Mark in the Village of Indian Hill. Phil also opened the Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse downtown on 6th St. next door to The Maisonette and La Normandie which operated from 1972 until 1975, when he sold it to the national chain of Benihana. After selling his stake in Arby's, he was encouraged by his son to move out west to Scottsdale AZ with his long-time girlfriend from Terrace Park, Susie Smith Orr. Once both in Arizona, he married Susie in 1992 in Scottsdale and went on together with his sons, to open Goldie's Sports Café in Scottsdale Ranch in 1993. Goldie's named after the family name, still operates today. The company aptly named; Neighborhood Restaurants now also owns and operates Zipps Sports Grills in the Valley as well. Phil was highly respected in the restaurant industry and owes much of his happiness outside of his family, to the hard-working people he worked with through a sixty-year career in the industry; they were his family as well and he treated them as such. He loved his big, blended family and hosting holidays with his wife Susie at the house each year. He also loved playing golf, talking shop or just about anything else, and more than anything he loved spending time with his grandkids whether playing golf with them or watching them play sports. He truly had a passion for imparting his wisdom to his grandchildren and simply put, they were the joy and the priority of his life in his later years. Phil is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susie Goldman, his son Todd, wife Sara (Friedman) Goldman, and grandchildren Arlie, Ellie, Sam and Max; his son Michael and grandson Legend; his son Mark, wife Spring (Tharpe) Goldman with grandchildren Piper, Scout, Thoudens and Magdalie. Susie's children RJ and his wife Lida (Allred) Orr, their children Kyler, Parker and Kennedy, Edward (Tug) Orr and his wife Beatriz (Conti) Orr, their children Emma and LT and Susie's daughter Irene Orr. If interested in honoring his memory, he was passionate about St. Jude Children's research and the Omena Woods [email protected]

Published by Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Cemetery - Scottsdale on Jan. 27, 2023

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01/22/23 08:27 PM #1    

Philip E. Brown PhD

My condolences. Dr. Philip Brown (61)

04/10/23 10:00 PM #2    

James E. Schwab


I have been thinking about Phil's life for a number of months now.  I was hoping that we were going to be able to spend some time together following our move to Tucson in September, 2022.  I always enjoyed being with Phil and his family.  Our son Andy, and Phil's son, Mark, were classmates and played on the same baseball teams over the years.  We were able to spend some time with Mark a number a years ago when our family was in Goodyear and Scottsdale to see spring training games involving the Reds and the Giants.  Phil was a talented entrepreneur with a great understanding of the opportunities that existed in the restaurant business.  I am grateful for the chance I had to spend time with Phil, Sharon, Susie, Todd, Michal and Mark over the years. Vivian and I send our condolences to Susie and the entire Goldman and Orr family.

Vivian and Jim Schwab

April, 2023


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