US Navy

Charles George Gorss, Jr.

August 22, 1926 ~ August 30, 2022 (age 96)

Obituary

Charles George Gorss, Jr., 96, a resident of Harvard for 54 years, died Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at New Horizons in Marlborough.

He was the son of the late Charles G. and Helen (Leverence) Gorss and he was predeceased by his wife, Ruth (Neaman) Gorss, who died in 2002.

Charlie is survived by his son, James Gorss and his wife Eileen of Harvard, MA and his daughter, Barbara Fogal and her husband Douglas of Jim Thorpe, PA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Anna Blais, Carolyn Gorss, Brandon Fogal, Andy Fogal and his wife Rink Tacoma-Fogal, Talon Fogal and great grandchild Aspen Blais.

After graduating from high school in Tonawanda, NY, Charlie enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in World War II. He was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and received the American Theater Medal and the Victory Medal for his service. He then attended Cornell University graduating with a degree in engineering in 1950. He married Ruth, his high school sweetheart and started a family in Boonton, NJ. In 1969, he relocated his family to Harvard and worked as an electrical engineer at GenRad in Concord, MA.

Charlie traveled extensively, enjoying skiing, hiking and photography. He made it a goal to travel to all seven continents and accomplished that with Antarctica in 2012. He especially enjoyed spending time at his family cabin in Ontario. 

As an active citizen of Harvard, he worked with the Boy Scouts as an advisor to the Explorer post, and had been active for decades in the Congregational Church and the Lion’s Club. He served the town Personnel Board for 13 years and Conservation Commission for 25 years. A regular at the Fall Festival you would have likely found Charlie working the cheese table. Charlie was also honored as Harvard’s “Citizen of Note” in 2014. 

 A Celebration of life for Charlie is being planned.

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