Harry Alexander Gossett, 81, of St. Joseph, passed away on Oct. 15, 2021, in the presence of his best friend of 48 years, Jim LeBlanc, and love, Janet Shipe.
Harry was born on Dec. 16, 1939, to Harry and Iva Lois (Sistare) Gossett.
Harry graduated from Western Carolina University in three years, and was hired by GE Corp. Harry spent 27 years with General Electric Capital Corp. (GECC). Starting in Charlotte, N.C., as a management trainee, he progressed into a number of field management positions before assuming regional assignments in sales and sales management.
In 1973, he joined GECC's Corporate Education Department, located at GECC's corporate headquarters in Stamford, Conn. In addition to creating and delivering training and development programs corporation wide, he taught numerous courses at GE's corporate training institute in Crontonville, N.Y.
In 1980, he moved to Dallas to head up GECC's field Human Resources Southwest Operation. While in that position, he also assumed responsibility for education and development for all GECC components in the Southwestern United States.
Harry left GE in 1989, to join Whirlpool Financial Corp., as vice president of corporate services. Harry provided leadership and direction to three creative and service-oriented departments for Whirlpool: Corporate Education and Quality, Corporate Communications, and Corporate Administrative Services. His input in the development of "WFC: The Service Difference" played a key role in how the company presented itself to employees and customers.
Harry was a top education motivational speaker and corporate executive, with broad experience in field organizations, educational research and development, human resources management and communications, training and development, telemarketing, and marketing services management. A dynamic speaker and educator, Harry has trained thousands of people in numerous diverse topics, including time management, fundamentals in selling, management and supervision, professional sales techniques, and "training the trainer."
After retiring from GE and Whirlpool Financial, Harry started his own company as a professional speaker. Harry conducted seminars, workshops and keynote presentations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Harry was preceded in death by his second wife, Martha, of 49 years; and brother, Ron Gossett.
Harry is survived by his sister, Lynda (Lynn) Keziah of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter, Star (Steve) Whittle; granddaughter, Bryce (Spencer); granddaughter, Ashton of Salt Lake City; son, Bob (Jaimie); grandsons, Brady and Grant of Denver; son Jim (Casey); grandson, Rhys of Austin, Texas; and Janet Shipe of St. Joseph, his significant other and special love who he found great joy and happiness with.
Harry loved life and people, especially his family. He loved sports, physical fitness and golf, and was an avid Michigan State Spartans fan. Harry was such a positive person, always as his daughter says, "looking at every situation as the glass being half full."
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place.