WWII Veteran William Gosch Celebrated at NT Common Council Meeting

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By: Brendan McDonough

Reporter for North Tonawanda

A true hometown hero, WWII veterean William Gosch was honored by members of the North Tonawanda Common Council on Tuesday Evening. He was presented with a banner and recognized him for his service.



The banner, which will be displayed throughout the city, is meant to be a symbol of courage, strength, and something for all to learn from. 

“You can not repeat enough times some of the things these individuals have done for our community and for our country,” said Art Pappas, Mayor of North Tonawanda.

Gosch is well known throughout the area.

Following his service in WWII, he worked for Richardson Boat Company and served on the North Tonawanda Housing Authority for several years. In addition to serving the city, he was also very well-known for hosting community gatherings (and his dessert parties in particular).



He may be a bit older and a little wiser, but is said to have the same sense of humor. In front of the council he expressed his gratitude and privilege to be a part of the North Tonawanda community.

“I have had more jobs than you have fingers and toes,” said Gosch. “I am now the only living resident with a red clay tiled roof. Thank you everyone, this makes me feel good.”

Gosch married his wife Lois in 1950 and has been happily married for the past 68 years.

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