Former long-serving Narrandera shire clerk Richard (Dick) Goss has died at the age of 95.
Mr Goss is being remembered as a man devoted to his family and to local government, for his passionate support for the shire of Narrandera and for his love of sport.
Mr Goss served in the role with Narrandera Shire Council from 1965-1987, after doing a similar job at Hay. He was presented with an OAM for his services. Ken Murphy, the former general manager of Narrandera, served as deputy shire clerk under Mr Goss and described his former colleague as a strong advocate for the shire.
“Dick was highly respected as a shire clerk. He was very committed to the shire and had a very strong knowledge of local government,” Mr Murphy said.
Mr Goss loved golf, cricket and Australian football, supporting the Essendon Bombers. He wrote a book entitled The History of the Narrandera Imperial Football Club and worked with author Bill Gammage on a history of Narrandera Shire.
Mr Goss, who had moved to Wagga in recent years, worked for the establishment of Teloca House, an aged care facility, in Narrandera.
Mr Goss, who was twice widowed, was married to Moira and later to Maureen. He was a father of eight, grandfather of 18 and great-grandfather of 11.
“Dad’s last game was watching Essendon come from behind to defeat the mortal enemy, Carlton. He went out smiling,” son Tom Goss said.
A funeral service will be at 1pm on Friday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lake Albert Road, Wagga.
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