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Edward J. (Ted) Gosier, Jr.

October 11, 2023

Edward J. (Ted)  Gosier, Jr., 70, formerly of Clayton and a resident of Samaritan Summit Village, Watertown since 2020 passed away October 11, 2023 after a battle with cancer.

Mr. Gosier was born January 4, 1953 in Watertown, New York to Margaret Gillick Gosier and Edward J. Gosier. He was predeceased by his parents.

Mr. Gosier graduated from Clayton Central School in 1972 and furthered his education at Jefferson County Community College. He lived in Clayton while working for the Thousands Islands Bridge Authority. There he was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department  and the Knights of Columbus.

In 1987 he moved to Watertown where he lived independently and engaged with the Mental Health Association. He was an active volunteer in support of the MHA Mission, and received significant recognition for his service.  He was most pleased to have served as a member of the MHA board and been named the Mental Health Association of New York State Volunteer of the Year in 2002.  While living in Watertown he worked at White's Lumber, and in later years, was a ‘greeter” at Walmart.  He also was an active volunteer for the Salvation Army and Samaritan Medical Center.

Before health issues intervened Mr. Gosier enjoyed playing golf and traveling.  In later years, he spent time reading about and discussing history and politics, and watching the History Channel, MTV and a range of sports presentations. Time spent with family and friends was especially treasured.

Survivors include his sister Ann M. Gosier of Washington, DC, an aunt Kay Gosier Schiefer of Ocala, Florida, and numerous cousins.

Contributions  in Mr. Gosier’s name may be made to the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department, 855 Graves St., Clayton, NY 13624, the Mental Health Association in Jefferson County, Inc., 425 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601, or a charity of one’s choice.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on June 1, 2024 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Church, Clayton followed by burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#13 Carol Compeau 2023-10-21 19:33
Dear Ann,
Karen and I were so sorry to learn of the
death of your brother. You are in our thoughts
and prayers. I would see Ted walking around
Watertown sometimes, but hadn't seen him in
awhile, and didn't realize he had been ill.
In sympathy,
Carol and Karen
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#12 Susan Flynn 2023-10-16 12:09
I was so sorry to learn off Ted's passing. I enjoyed may conversations with him through the years. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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#11 Dan Haycock 2023-10-16 07:09
Ann, I ran into Ted a lot as I visited mom in assisted. He was always very friendly, helpful and positive. Yes, I’ve known him most of my life.
“ The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” William James
Ted spent his life exceeding well.
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#10 Amy Klemgard 2023-10-15 19:19
I had the distinct pleasure of bumping into Ted every now and again when I worked at MHA and he answered the warm line. Such a lovely man with the most philanthropic heart. Sending much peace to you at this difficult time.
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#9 Eve Reynolds 2023-10-15 17:10
I am for loss. I used to volunteer with Ted in different ways. He will be miss in so many ways.
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#8 Gail Walt 2023-10-15 16:09
Ann, so sorry. Ted was involved with people and organizations his whole life, just like his family. He touched so many and will be greatly missed.
Walt & Gail Christensen
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#7 Justin Taylor 2023-10-14 18:24
So sorry to read of Ted's passing. It was so nice to have visited with him recently at the Summit. He really was excited get the new Clayton Fire Dept. shirt and the reminiscing about 1970 and 80's Fire Department racing activities!!!
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#6 Faith Lustik 2023-10-14 18:18
Ann, so sorry for your loss.
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#5 Lisa Narrow 2023-10-14 17:56
I am so sorry for your loss I met Ted a long time ago while he was a board member for NRCIL always enjoyed talking to him. When i seen him at Assisted Living it was a nice conversation with him every day. Ted was a very proud person, and it showed every day. May he rest in peace. Lisa Lowes
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#4 Michelle Appleby 2023-10-14 15:02
I served on the Board of Directors at Northern Regional Center for Independent Living with Ted in the early 2000's and encountered him many times as a door greeter at Walmart.He was always quick to say hello and engage in conversation or offer assistance. Very kind man! My condolences to his family
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