GOSS, Harold R., February 6, 1926 - December 15, 2007. My Dad lived a long wonderful life with his wife and best friend of nearly sixty years, Stella. His youth was spent in England during WWII, walking uphill in the snow to school (both ways), hiding from Nazi bombs under the kitchen table with his four brothers and sisters (for real) and having his favorite, new, white pup tent painted green so the bombers wouldn't see him. After marrying my mom, they left behind family and friends for a new world - first in Canada, then Cleveland, Ohio. Dad became a loyal Browns fan. His work there gave him challenge and adventure around the world, including leading the first trade mission to Russia and among the first to Japan. He has two daughters (Sue Brooks (John) and Sally Higgins (Mike) who will also miss him dearly, keeping our memories of time with him, dolls he brought us from around the world, watching endless slide shows and being awakened by German marching band albums if we tried to sleep in! His granddaughter Devin will miss his many stories too! His health was always a challenge - multiple sclerosis, heart attacks, a stroke and finally lung cancer, but he persevered through it all with his dry British humor and fighting spirit. Cancer may have won this battle, but somehow Dad will win the war! The local papers and USAToday will miss his editorials but the friends who went before him are ready to tee off for a round or two of golf and a visit to the pub! He and his dog, Daphne, will await the rest of us. Dad hated the thought that a child would go without a Christmas present, so he used his great woodworking skills to make them special presents that Mom would then paint and decorate. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you continue their mission with the donation of a toy to the children's charity of your choice.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on December 19, 2007