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Robert “Bob” Lee Gossard

Aug 28, 2015

Robert “Bob” Lee Gossard, 83, of Shepherdstown, passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Hospice of the Panhandle, Kearneysville.

Born Aug. 16, 1932, in Clear Spring, Maryland, he was the son of the late, Leon Downs Gossard and Flossie Irene (Delauder) Gossard Guessford.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Preston C. Guessford.

Mr. Gossard was a 1950 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

He served with the United States Army as a military policeman in Germany.

Mr. Gossard had a 50-year career in the grocery business, starting with H.L. Mills, and later becoming a manager for Grand Union Supermarkets. Mr. Gossard opened Long Meadow Supermarket in the early 1980s, and later retired from Martin’s Food Markets.

Prior to becoming ill, Bob enjoyed collecting model cars, listening to big band music, woodworking, and playing bingo.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Patricia Ann (Ridenour) Gossard; one daughter, Vicki Frick and husband, Kenneth, of Falling Waters; one brother, William S. Gossard and wife, Kathy, of Waynesboro; two granddaughters, Lissa Showe of Hagerstown, and Wendy Ebersole and husband, Ryan, of Maugansville; four great-grandchildren, Geraghty and Bryse Showe of Hagerstown, and Emileigh and Sterling Ebersole of Maugansville.

Funeral services and burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s name to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430; or Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter, 1601 2nd Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387.