John was a very kind and generous man, and he will be missed by all who knew him. I knew John through his knowledge of the Japanese language and philately, which he had a profound interest in, and was ever so helpful in our translation project many years ago. His many interests in Japanese culture and his remembrance of time spent in Austria will always be remembered.
John was quite a scholar of the gentlemanly variety, with a sly wit, who bore his learning and blue-blood heritage lightly, and had a wonderful appreciation of music. A sportsman as well. What great stories he told about Japan, and dogs, and why we should visit a certain restaurant on the way to Vienna because it still knew how to prepare and serve tea the right way.
Gouv, to all who knew you, you were 'one off' - a special one-of-a-kind person. There was never a moment in our nearly fifty years together when you were not there. You will be much missed, but never forgotten.
We hold you in our hearts and memories.
Roger and Sally
On Graduation from Princeton, Gouv was awarded his Naval Officer's sword in recognition of his excellent performance as a Midshipman. Commissioned Ensign in the Naval Reserve. He first was stationed at the Naval Communications headquarters in Washington, DC. Seeking adventure he asked for and was granted overseas duty in Japan as noted above. There, he was assigned duty as a Division Officer and performed superbly winning recognition for his Division and himself. He eventually resigned his Commission having been promoted to Lieutenant.
He was very proud of the fact that he had served his country as an officer in the United States Navy.
At the age of 8 Gouv was building models of US Navy aircraft and followed the progress of the War in the Pacific where his father (a Commander in the Navy) served. At South Kent School, he prepped for a Navy career by (among other things) studying celestial navigation. As a young boy and man he sailed small boats from Chatham, MA. He was a sailor with a great love for the sea.
Gouv was my friend for 70 years. He was a leader and inspiration for all who knew him. He was a man of many talents with a great heart and mind. He enriched our lives. Though his flesh is gone the memory of him lives on in our hearts.
I would like to think that he would say to us, if he could -
"Miss me, but let me go for I came to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not for too long and not with your head held low.
Remember the love that we once shared:
miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take
and each must go it alone.
It's part of the Master's plan,
a step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
go to the friends we know, and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go."
Rest your oars, Gouv. Your voyage is ended safe and Home at last.
Because we loved,
There will be tears.
Because we laughed,
There will be memories.
Because John Mosher lived,
There will still be joy.
Charlie and Maya Magee