Douglas F. "Doug" Goffus

Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | December 13, 2021

Douglas (DOUG) F. Goffus passed away on December 9th, 2021 . He was 72 years old. Born September 4, 1949 in McKeesport Hospital, he was the son of the late Fred and Jean (McCartney) Goffus. He is survived by sister Beverly Goffus and brother Arthur Goffus (Elishia) nieces, Heather Karalagas (Dimitrius), Savanah and Sophia Goffus, nephews, Landen Medved, Zander and Xavier Karalagas, as well as many wonderful friends that he cherished. He was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Richard B. Smith, IV in 2020 and also by his grandparents, Arthur and Wanda Holmes McCartney and Michael and Anna Andres Goffus. He was raised in Port Vue and attended the former Romine School, Meyer Ave. School and South Allegheny High School. Doug was among the first graduating class of South Allegheny in 1967. He took an interest in Audio-Visual work during his upper elementary and high school days. He worked during high school as part of the Distributive Education Program at Ruben’s Furniture Store in McKeesport, J. C. Penny Store at the Eastland Shopping Center/Mall and Thom McCann Shoe Store in McKeesport before acquiring a job as a Film Inspector at the U. S. Bureau Of Mines on Forbes Ave. in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh in the Fall of 1967. Doug worked there until he enlisted in the U. S. Navy July 1969 through July 1973. During his Navy time, he worked at the Naval Security Station in Washington, DC for over 2 years and the Naval Communication Station on the island of Guam for over a year and was a Disc Jockey for American Forces Radio on the island during his stay. Upon his discharge in 1973, Doug returned to the Bureau Of Mines where he became a film editor and film library supervisor through 1985. 

Doug wanted to return to Washington, DC to finish his Federal Service. He accepted a job as Audio Visual Manager, as a civilian, at Navy Recruiting Command Headquarters in Arlington, VA in the fall of 1985 through the fall of 1993. While he was employed there, Doug was responsible for converting the entire command to the modern video age. He was in charge of a multi-million dollar budget for the conversion and for producing many modern Navy recruiting films. In addition, Doug started volunteering at Fairfax Public Access in 1988 as an audio engineer and eventually became a Director for Television programs produced at FPA. Doug signed on the cable radio station during the Spring of 1991 and performed the “Goffus Rock Experience” a show that he continued to do remotely until his passing. Also, he was the first President of the Radio Producers Guild and was its co-founder. Navy Recruiting Command was moving to the mid-west in the fall of 1993. Not wanting to go with the Command, Doug returned home and worked at Sun TV in Monroeville through the fall of 1997 as a sales person. Again wanting to return to the Washington, DC area Doug accepted a job at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington as an Audio Visual Specialist and Photo Archivist through the fall of 2002, also returning to his Fairfax Public Access volunteering as a Radio DJ and Television Program director for the 5 year time frame. Having enough Federal service time, Doug was able to retire early in the fall of 2002. Returning to the area, Doug began to volunteer at Carnegie Mellon University’s Radio Station, WRCT-FM during the fall of 2003 as a Community Member. He started performing radio shows and eventually became the stations volunteer Public Service (PSA) Director, a position he held “off and on” before retiring in 2020. Doug joined the Board Of Directors at Tube City Community Media in 2014 and served as Chairperson/President from 2017 until he retired during the fall of 2020. Doug helped sign-on the internet radio station WMCK-FM aka Tube City On Line Radio during September 2015 with “Goffus Golden Oldies” a show that he continued to perform until his passing. Also, Doug was part of the volunteer organizational committee for the various reunions for the first graduating class of South Allegheny High School over the decades. Doug always enjoyed his volunteer work and working with so many truly wonderful people. Friends are welcome on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, Director. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel, Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 10:00 am with Rev. Jody Dausey, officiating. Interment will follow at the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth. Condolences may be made at

Originally published December 13, 2021.

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