Annisquam — George Henry Gossom, Jr., 85, passed away in his ancestral home in Squam on Saturday, December 29, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Gloucester on September 25, 1927, he was the son of the late George H. Gossom, Sr. and Florence E. (Griffin) Gossom Moses. George began his education at the old Leonard School, followed by the Riggs School and Gloucester High School. He left Gloucester High School during his junior year to enlist in the Marine Corps. He became an expert marksman and was chosen to attend Sea School in San Diego. George then served in the Philippines, Kodiak Island and completed his enlistment in Washington D.C., where he was chosen to become part of the Honor Guard for two U.S. Presidents.
During his tour of duty George received his G.E.D. and after his honorable discharge in June of 1949 he continued on to attend Boston University. His unquenchable thirst for knowledge led him to pursue his master’s degree and Advanced Certificate of Education degree, both from Harvard University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. George became a perpetual student, receiving honors in many other courses at Tufts, MIT and Salem State College over the years. He enjoyed his career as a teacher. His great wit made him a favorite among the faculty as well as his students. An ardent book lover, George explored many subjects and languages and collected a vast library in his lifetime.
George’s great-uncle and aunt, George and Esther Wilkinson, as well as his grandmother, Elizabeth Gossom had a great influence on his life, especially after the death of his father when he was only six years old. After extensive travel and art collecting, they returned to Annisquam and founded the Annisquam Market and Marina, formerly known as Chard and Wilkinson. George grew up watching his great uncle’s generosity in helping others during the depression and World War II. He was further influenced by his mother and stepfather, Anthony T. Moses who helped nurture his passion for gardening, nature and animals, as well as the importance of family life and traditions. His love and compassion for humanity, learned early in George’s life, strongly influenced all three of his daughters to pursue careers in nursing.