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William N. Gottsman

1918 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
William N. Gottsman Obituary
William N. Gottsman, of Georgetown, Texas, 97, died Saturday February 27th at 11:00 am. He was born on April 28, 1918. Growing up in New England, Bill worked as a machinist until the attack on Pearl Harbor at which time, he and his brother Charles joined the Army Air Corps. My dad was so proud to have two sons in the service he said. Bill served as a military policeman at the Kelly Air Force Base aviation cadet center and eventually met his wife, Eileen at a dance he organized. Eileen died in 2008 after 64 years of marriage. Bill described his time with Eileen as the happiest days of my life. After the war Bill returned with his family to Needham and took over his fathers sign business. His unique talent for design was unmatched and he won hundreds of design awards for his work. Bill also invested in real estate and was still working on deals up until the day he died. He was a lifelong member of the National Audubon Society and was constantly updating his family on his latest sightings. He also served for 60 years with the Masonic Lodge in Needham. In his spare time he would play chess and would often be seen outside his favorite caf in the center of Georgetown plotting his next move against much younger competition. As a staunch Massachusetts Democrat, his games were often times cut short when politics entered the conversation. For Bill, family came first and all else could wait. His granddaughter, Kristen, described him this way in an article she once wrote; From a very young age he has been an inspiration to me and I only hope that I am nearly as passionate as my grandfather about learning and loving when I am his age. Bill is survived by his son Larry and wife Diane of San Antonio, TX; daughter Norma Kamar and husband Chuck of Massachusetts; daughter Janis McLaughlin and husband Stephen of Georgetown, TX; grandchildren Kristen Pham and husband Minh of Pflugerville, TX, Ryan McLaughlin and wife Shiela of Austin, TX, Katie McLaughlin of Georgetown, TX, Emily Rose and Jonathan Gottsman of San Antonio, TX, Bryan Gottsman and wife Patricia of Austin, TX, Tracy Kamar of Los Angeles, CA, Alison Kamar and husband John Mahoney of Portland, ME, Dana Laramore and husband John of San Antonio, TX; and great grandchildren Charlotte, Eve and Luke Gottsman, Aoife and Jack Mahoney, Carson and Madeline McLaughlin and Brooke Laramore. He also leaves behind many other close friends and relatives. The family will hold a private memorial at a later date. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com Arrangements by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512) 863-2564.
Published in The Country Gazette from Mar. 3 to Mar. 18, 2016
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