OBITUARY

Richard D. "Bud" Goss

May 13, 1930January 5, 2019
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Richard Douglas "Bud" Goss, 88, died unexpectedly in his home at 33 Clark Circle, Lynn, MA, on January 5, 2019. Bud, a life-long resident of Lynn, was born in 1930, the son of the late William "Doug" and Eva "Blossom" Goss. He graduated from Lynn Classical High School in 1947 and enrolled at MIT, graduating in 1951. Following two years of service in the US Army, much of it in the war in Korea, he returned to MIT to acquire a master's degree in aeronautical engineering. For the rest of his career he worked in the Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA. He was involved in many projects at Draper Lab, including designing guidance systems for the US space program. He was unusually kind and modest and tended to deprecate his abilities and achievements. He was a superb mathematician and an excellent card player, especially in the games of bridge and hearts. He loved classical music and played several instruments---the clarinet, saxophone, and piano. He was an avid Celtics fan, possessing season's tickets to Celtic games through much of his adult life. He had a sharp wit and a wonderful sense of humor that delighted everyone. He had a special talent for making young children laugh.

He is survived by his sisters, Louise Wood and her husband Gordon of Providence, RI, and Donna Gagnon and her husband Daniel of Andover, MA, as well as by five nephews and nieces---Christopher Wood of New York City, David Gagnon of Andover, MA, Elizabeth Wood of Milton, MA, Amy Wood of Bloomington, IL, Jennifer Fruhbeis of Weston, CT---and ten grand nieces and nephews, all of whom adored him.

Richard's funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 19, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, MA. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Visiting hours will be on Friday, January 18, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Eva Goss may be made to the ALS Association, 685 Canton St. Suite 103, Norwood, MA 02062, an organization that was important to him. www.als.org.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2019
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Richard D. "Bud" Goss

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Loretta Gorski

January 18, 2019

Mr Goss was my longtime neighbor and algebra tutor. He was so kind, helpful and encouraging. In his later years I would watch him walk up Hurd St daily to get his morning paper. Always so friendly and warm . RIP "Bud" Goss. I shall miss you

Dawn Beaulieu

January 14, 2019

I remember Bud when I worked at CSDL. He was a very nice person and used the library facilities a lot... sorry for your loss.
Dawn

Richard Perry

January 12, 2019

Cousin Bud with Doug, Louise, Donna and Blossom, circa 1950

Mimie Kaden

January 11, 2019

I am so happy and grateful to have known Bud. When I was a young teenager I had such a crush on him and every time I was at the house I used to ask/beg him to play the piano for me. And he did, albeit I'm sure at times he really didn't want to. He was so sweet to me and I will never forget him. He is the reason I bought a baby grand piano and took lessons in my older age. Bud was the Best!

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Bud, 1935

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Bud and Louise circa 1936

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Donna, Louise and Bud, 1942

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Bud, 1951

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Bud, 1951

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Bud, 1935

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Bud and Louise circa 1936

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Donna, Louise and Bud, 1942

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Bud, 1951

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Bud, 1951

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Bud, 1951

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Bud, 1951

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Bud,1951

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Bud, 1951

Biography

Richard Douglas "Bud" Goss, 88, died unexpectedly in his home at 33 Clark Circle, Lynn, MA, on January 5, 2019. Bud, a life-long resident of Lynn, was born in 1930, the son of the late William "Doug" and Eva "Blossom" Goss. He graduated from Lynn Classical High School in 1947 and enrolled at MIT, graduating in 1951. Following two years of service in the US Army, much of it in the war in Korea, he returned to MIT to acquire a master's degree in aeronautical engineering. For the rest of his career he worked in the Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA. He was involved in many projects at Draper Lab, including designing guidance systems for the US space program. He was unusually kind and modest and tended to deprecate his abilities and achievements. He was a superb mathematician and an excellent card player, especially in the games of bridge and hearts. He loved classical music and played several instruments---the clarinet, saxophone, and piano. He was an avid Celtics fan, possessing season's tickets to Celtic games through much of his adult life. He had a sharp wit and a wonderful sense of humor that delighted everyone. He had a special talent for making young children laugh.

He is survived by his sisters, Louise Wood and her husband Gordon of Providence, RI, and Donna Gagnon and her husband Daniel of Andover, MA, as well as by five nephews and nieces---Christopher Wood of New York City, David Gagnon of Andover, MA, Elizabeth Wood of Milton, MA, Amy Wood of Bloomington, IL, Jennifer Fruhbeis of Weston, CT---and ten grand nieces and nephews, all of whom adored him.