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Harry E. Goss, longtime official in the Town of Tonawanda
Oct. 31, 1914 -- Jan. 1, 2007

Harry E. Goss, a Tonawanda Town Board member who devoted many years to public service, died Monday in Heathwood Nursing Home, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. He was 92.

Born in Buffalo, he moved with his family to the Town of Tonawanda in 1926, where he lived for the rest of life.

Mr. Goss was a graduate of Kenmore High School and Hamilton College. He worked for G.W. Brunton & Son, distributors of machine tools, for nearly 40 years before retiring in 1980.
He was appointed to the town Zoning Board of Appeals in 1950 and in the 1960s, before talk of consolidation and regionalization became common, he was named to head a commission to study merging the Village of Kenmore and the town.

The commission's report was rejected, but he often speculated about the amount of money taxpayers would have saved had duplication of services been eliminated by the merger.

Mr. Goss served as a Town of Tonawanda councilman from 1968 until 1980, when he became receiver of taxes, a position he held until he retired in 1990 at age 75.
In retirement, he continued his community service as a driver for the American Cancer Society, the Food Shuttle of Western New York and Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels.

Mr. Goss was a member of the Kenmore Rotary Club for 62 years and served as its president. He also was active on the board of directors of the town Boys and Girls Club and helped secure the former Harding School as a site for the organization.

His wife of 56 years, Dorothy Trombley Goss, died in 1995.

Survivors include a son, William T., and a daughter, Patricia Duncan.


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