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In Memoriam: Notice of Funeral, June 26, 2022 | Obituary






Edwin (Ed) Joseph Goss was born in Brooklyn, New York, on October 8, 1926, and died of natural causes on June 21, 2022. He was predeceased by his father, Edward Goss, his mother, Ellen Goss , his wife, Kathryn (Kay) Goss, and his grandson, Lucas Nelson. He is survived by his sister, Jane Friend; his daughter, Judith Nelson, and son-in-law, Tom Nelson; his son, Steven Goss, and daughter-in-law, Annetta Goss; her grandchildren, Nicholas Nelson, Abbey Goss, Katy Goss and Michael Goss; and her great-grandchildren, Amelia Goss, Whitman Lively and Esme Lively. Ed was very proud of his Newfoundland heritage. His parents moved to Brooklyn, New York early in their adult life, met and married, and raised Ed and his sister in Brooklyn. The family was very active in their Catholic parish. Ed was so interested in his family’s history and his Newfie heritage that he wrote and published a book called “Tales of Two Newfoundland Families”. Ed attended schools in Brooklyn, New York, and after graduating from Manual High School, he served in the United States Air Force during World War II. He married Kay after the war in 1947 and their first child, Judith, was born that year. He attended Fordham University in the Bronx before taking full-time employment with the Royal Globe Insurance Company. The young couple moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and then to Columbus, Ohio, where Steven was born in 1951. They later moved to Dayton, Ohio, and those moves began his long and successful career with American States Insurance Company. During his tenure with US States, Ed and Kay lived in Indianapolis, Seattle and Dallas as well as cities in Ohio, eventually landing in Indianapolis for the second time where he became President and CEO of the society. Ed retired at age 62, and he and Kay began looking for a town to retire to. Good friends in Tucson introduced them to their beautiful city, and Ed and Kay bought a house in the desert. For a number of years they were snowbirds, but eventually sold their home in Indianapolis and became full-time residents of Tucson. They were members of the Skyline Country Club for many years and Ed was a member of Saint Thomas Catholic Church. During his retirement years, Ed and Kay traveled extensively and loved learning about new cultures and exploring other countries. Ed and Kay were important contributors to their communities. They were particularly supportive of education and generously helped build a new business school at Butler University in Indianapolis. They also donated Ed’s collection of rare and old books to Butler’s Library where a special room has been dedicated to them. Ed was a member of Butler’s board of trustees, and the Butler University administration honored Ed and Kay for their generosity and service. Ed was also inducted into Butler’s Carillon Society. The couple were members of the Medici Circle at the University of Arizona and enjoyed helping arts students pursue their careers. Edwin served on the boards of Indianapolis Power and Light and Lincoln National Life Insurance Company. Edwin was known to all as a gentleman and as a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a kind and generous person and helped others whenever there was a need. His family is planning a memorial service at a later date. Amenities: East Lawn.