GOOCH, William August Sr. was born on Aug. 26, 1922 to Leon and Marcella Gasser Gooch in Cambridge, MA. The family was large with brothers, John, Harry, Mike, Frank and sister, Bertha. Settling and growing up in rural Maine, the family was broken up by World War II where four brothers and the father served their country in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. William served three years in the U.S. Navy on the USS Denver light cruiser as a gunners mate on an antiaircraft gun and participated in many intense Pacific battles. While all survived the war, the family was spread from coast to coast and William settled in Milford, CT, where he worked at the Chance Vought Aircraft Factory. He was fortunate to meet and then marry Ruth Marion Taylor on Dec. 1, 1945. William A. Gooch Jr. was born on Jan. 31, 1947 and the family had homes in Stratford, Milford, Bridgeport and Monroe. Having entered the construction business, winters were spent working in Sarasota and Dunedin. William Sr. was the last of his family, preceded by the death of his wife of 58 years. William Sr., age 91, died on May 31, 2014 at the Maria Manor Nursing home of Bon Secours after a short failure of health. The last 11 years were spent living with his son in Aberdeen, MD and finally at Bon Secours in Saint Petersburg. He is survived by William Jr. and his daughter-in-law, Susan of Palm Harbor; and grandson, Mark of St. Petersburg. William Sr. was a self-made man with the work ethic and personality of rural Maine and joins the many veterans of the greatest generation who gave up a large part of their youth and have now passed on. William will be interred at the C.W. Young (Bay Pines) Military Cemetery, Bay Pines, with many of his fellow generation. He is gone, but not forgotten. Contributions may be made in his honor to: Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33714. Online memorial and guest book at www.gunterfuneralhome.com. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home - St. Petersburg (727)528-2880
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 3, 2014