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Oswell “Ozzie” John Goss, 83, passed away in the comfort of his home and family in Moretown on Sunday, August 12, 2012. Born in Littleton, NH, on September 12, 1928, he was the son of the late John and Maude (Hutchins) Goss. On September 27, 1952, he married the former Evelyn Rita Kilby at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury.
Ozzie attended schools in Warren and Moretown and then as a young man worked as a farmhand. He later was employed by Ward Lumber Co. of Moretown, delivered milk for Winnisquam Farms of Waterbury and then worked for the State of Vermont Highway Department. Most recently he worked for the Vermont State Department of Liquor Control, retiring in 1991.
Ozzie was an integral part of the fabric in Moretown. He served as a longtime member and Assistant Fire Chief of the Moretown Volunteer Fire Department, was a justice of the peace, second constable and served as the janitor at the Moretown Town Hall. A faithful and devout member of St. Patrick Church in Moretown, Ozzie and Evelyn spent many years raising money and caretaking at St. Patrick Cemetery. He was also a member of the National Guard and Mad River American Legion Post 75 in Waitsfield.
Ozzie could oftentimes be found holding court on the front porch of their home in the village of Moretown visiting with friends and neighbors. His other interests included fishing, hunting, swimming, camping and watching NASCAR racing.
Ozzie is fondly remembered by his family for the love and devotion to his wife, Evelyn, and their children and families.
Ozzie is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Evelyn R. Goss of Moretown; their children, Patricia M. Moulton and her husband F. George Moulton II of Bonita Springs, FL, Christina A. Lamson and her husband David of Northfield Falls, Rebecca S. Ciampi and her husband Craig of Moretown, John O. Goss and his wife Reta of Warren, and Michael R. Goss and his companion Jesse King of Waterbury Center; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Joy A. Goss, in 1961.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury on Thursday, August 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church parish hall. There will be no calling hours. Interment will take place in Mountain View Cemetery in Moretown. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Moretown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 491, Moretown, VT 05660. To send online condolences visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury.