415 Squadron  Association

SWORDFISH VETERANS OF THE COLD WAR

GOSKI, Earl Eugene Goski aged 76 of Kingston passed away Monday, August 3, 2015 at home. Born June 3, 1939, in Section 25, TP 9, RG 11. W 2nd meridan, near Creelman, Saskatchewan, he was a son of the late Frank and Agnes (nee Mus) Goski. Earl was a graduate of Royal Roads, Royal Military College and the University of Saskatchewan, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Capt. Goski (retired) spent 28 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force (Canadian Forces) as a navigational officer, trainer, instructor, and administrator. Following the military, Earl was a navigational software programmer and mechanical engineer for 14 years at Litton Systems. Earl loved outdoor photography, global travelling and adventures with his grandchildren. He was a dedicated community volunteer and gave of his time freely to help others. Through the years, Earl was Chairman of the Greenwood Credit Union, a member of the board of directors for the Valley Credit Union and Central Credit Union, and active in the Wilmot and Area Neighborhood Watch, Annapolis County Citizens on Patrol. He was on the board for the East End Area Advisory Committee for Annapolis County. Earl is a past president of Synchro Nova Scotia. He was a long standing member of VP International, 415 Squadron Association, and educational volunteer for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum. For many years Earl was a member and mentor for the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Anna (Greene) Goski , Kingston, NS and daughters Tara Maszczakiewicz of Sault Ste. Marie, ON and Dr. Dana Goski (Keith Souchereau) of Upper Arlington, OH, USA, as well as three grandchildren Stephanya &, Lucas Maszczakiewicz, and Reid Souchereau. He leaves behind Greg and Deena McNeil, who were loved like his children, and their two daughters, Shawna and Raven, Kingston, NS, and his brother Ed (Mary) Goski of Comox, BC. Earl was predeceased by his parents and infant sister, Mary.

REMEMBERING EARL GOSKI

 Earl Goski passed away on 3 August 2015.  He served two tours on 415 Squadron and was an inaugural member of the 415 Squadron Association, as well as a member of its Executive for the past ten years.  At the Association’s recent General Meeting, Earl was named the Swordfish of the Year for his many contributions to the Association.  (see obituary)

Earl was a soft spoken, kind and generous individual, who was always ready to lend a helping hand.  It was wonderful to see him at the General Meeting on 6 June 2015. Although he was frail, he had a big smile and shared warm greetings with all those in attendance.  He was honoured to be named Swordfish of the Year and he received a well deserved standing ovation.   Later in June, I visited Earl at home.  He was just returning from his daily morning walk and although tired he wanted to talk about one of the Association projects he had led.  Earl told me that he was looking forward to up coming visits from his grandchildren, who subsequently visited him in July. 

There are a few special people you meet during your lifetime and Earl was one of them.  I was fortunate to have him on the first Aurora crew I joined in 1981.  A seasoned Argus navigator, he helped me make my transition to a large crew and life as a long range patrol aviator.  He never missed a crew activity and we often shared a beverage together.  Later as we formed the 415 Squadron Association, Earl readily volunteered to be part of the Executive.  He was a constant contributor and I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed his company over the past years.  His presence will be missed at future meetings and social activities.  We were all very fortunate to have him as a friend and fellow Swordfish.

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Chris Henneberry