On Saturday January 17, it will be one year since Mr. Gooch's passing. We still remember him, and miss him. What am impact he had on so many of us, including me, for whom Vernon taught my 11th grade English class in 1964 in Ohio.
Thanks to everyone for their kind comments regarding my Uncle Vernon. We used to call him "Uncle Brother". I just became aware of this site and have really enjoyed reading them. Between he and his sister - my mother - plus my dad, I was reading at the college level by the 4th grade. He was a generous man with huge joie de vivre. I like to think I got some of that from him. While the world has suffered a loss at his passing, it's nice to know so many people are carrying forth his good work.
I just learned of the passing of my wonderful English teacher from James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville, OH. Mr. Gooch was the first teacher for me who really fired a love of English in me. He would present in the front of the class, then retire to the back of the class and offer a question and wait for one of us to reply, and if none did, he would look at us from back there and randomly call on someone. I swear I could feel his eyes upon me, and I never wanted to be found wanting if I received his call.
I'm so sorry for the loss of this gentleman. Reading these entries, I realize that I barely knew him as a person, yet he taught me so much. I wish I had known him better.
My heart-felt condolences and sympathy to all those who knew him better, loved him, and were touched by him as I was.
While driving from Charlottesville to Richmond, Virginia in 2005, we drove through Goochland. I said to my husband, "This is it," the answer to the riddle of Mr. Gooch. They named this Virginia town after his family and he was the kindest, gentlest Southern gentleman I ever met. I was always sure that he was a Southern gentleman, but what I couldn't get even at 17, was why such a classy person would want to spend time with us in Garrettsville. It never crossed my mind that he could have been born in Ravenna, Ohio. But he ended up just where I always thought he was from. And weren't those people the lucky ones. And weren't we lucky too.
The good Lord often places key people in a person's life at key times. Such a man was Mr. Gooch. He was instrumental in teaching me the significance of words and how to think outside the box. Those lessons have been invaluable in life. God bless the Gooch family. It was an honor to be mentored by such a master teacher.
I remember Mr. Gooch as such a gentle man and a gentleman. He always showed respect to his students and as was shared by a fellow classmate, treated us as equals. I remember his forever pleasant smile. He made learning English and writing a pleasant experience. My deepest sympathy for all who mourn his passing and who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Wonderful host,scholar, Renesissa
The dinner parties, summer evenings on the porch sipping cocktails and the sumptuous meals. The handsome man will always hold a fond place in my heart. We knew how life should be lived. Those you knew you are blessed.
While searching for relations to my great-grandfather William Douglass on Ancestry, I came across this obituary. How I wish I could have known Mr. Gooch and his sister Carol Ann Gooch. My sincere sympathy to friends and family of this wonderful man. Susan Schwab
Mr. Gooch was my English teacher at James A Garfield High School in 1964. He definitely helped my writing style and integrity by his actions and behavior toward our class. So many times those who think they have done very little to make a difference in the world turn out to make a big difference to many. That was Mr. Gooch. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
Mr. Gooch was my high school English teacher at James A. Garfield High School. One thing I remember about him was that he addressed each of us as Mr…. or Miss… It was such a small thing, but one that denoted respect for us. I know I felt like an adult in his class and in return respected him. I benefited by being in some of the dramas he brought to Garfield. He will be missed. He truly was a kind soul.
Vernon was my 11th grade English teacher in 1964. About 20 yrs ago, in a class, I was asked to list the five most influential persons in my life. Mr. Gooch was in that list. He taught me how to write; he taught me how to behave. He taught me how graceful and noble one human being can be. He is not dead who lives on in the lives of others; Mr. Gooch will live forever.
It was my great privilege and honor to have been introduced to this special man. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Karl, My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. What a wonderful man Vernon was! I'm glad I got to know him, if only for a short time. Abbie Slater
A beautifully-written tribute for a beautiful man. I am thinking of you.
Karl our sympathies for your loss of a good friend. Our relationship w/ Vernon was all too short but it was always interesting and enjoyable.
Jack & Doris
My thoughts and prayers are with all who mourn the passing of this gentleman.
Karl,please accept my thoughts and prayers for your loss.I have just read the obituary and he was an extraordinary gentleman.