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Edward A. Gooch, a retired Postal Service worker and longtime volunteer firefighter, died Monday (Nov. 23, 1998) in his Cheektowaga home. He was 71.

Born in Lyons, Gooch was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II.

He worked for the Postal Service until his retirement in 1984.

He was a member of Cleveland Hill Fire Department since 1959 and served as president and chief, among many offices. He served as a fire district commissioner from 1979 until the time of his death.

Gooch was a member of the New York State Fire Chiefs Association, Erie County Fire Chiefs Association and Town of Cheektowaga Fire Commissioners Board. He also was a member of the Infant of Prague Holy Name Society and the Postal Workers Union.

Survivors include his wife, the former Geraldine Alsford of Cheektowaga; two daughters, Diane of San Diego and Christine Viapiano of Cheektowaga; a son, Dennis of Lancaster; three sisters, Betty Windover of West Seneca, Shirley Reinig of Buffalo and Marilyn Nebrich of Williamsville; two brothers, Clifford of Wellsville and Frank of Akron; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Prayers will be said at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 569 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Entombment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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