The Daily News
Tuesday July 3, 1956 Page 20
BASTOW - Charlotte Mabel Bastow, beloved wife of Hugh A. Bastow and daughter of the late S. G. and Charlotte A. Collier; survived by her husband; 2 daughters, Mrs. Ruth Miller and Mrs. Aileen Martin; 4 sons, Gordon, Gerald and David at home and Douglas in Vancouver; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral by motorhearse at 2.30 this afternoon from 153 Hamilton Avenue to the Church of England Cathedral.
Also the same note in The Telegram
(Contributed by Geoff Martin, grandson)
The Daily News
July 5, 1956
Spaniard's Bay, July 2 -
Captain George Gosse passed away at his home on Victoria Street, St. John's on Tuesday, June 26, just a few weeks before his ninety-first birthday.
He was born at Spaniard's Bay in 1865, the son of Captain Robert and Mrs. Gosse and received his early education here. Later he received higher education at Bay Roberts before entering the Harbour Grace Academy and Navigational School operated by the Scully brothers.
His first trip to the ice-fields with his father who was the master of the S.S. Mastiff imbued him with the love of adventure and for fifteen springs thereafter he "went to the ice" serving in various capacities.
At the age of twenty-one he succeeded his father as the master of the "New Era", a 100 ton fore-and-after, and for fifty one consecutive years he was master of a schooner engaged in the Labrador fishing trade. Some of the vessels he sailed were "Spring Bird", "Harry Smith", "Erminine" and "Exotic".
In 1886, he, with his brother Martin, succeeded his father in business and changed the name of the fishing supplies firm to G. and M. Gosse, a partnership that remained unbroken until the two brothers, having both reached fourscore years, decided to wind up the business and call it a "voyage". The firm of G. and M. Gosse employed during the fishing season over two hundred men, and as was customary in those days, provided transportation for these men and their families to Emily Harbour, the site of their fishing operations. As a Schooner's master he never had an accident and this is proof that he was one of the finest navigators and skillful seamen of his day.
In 1919 Captain George Gosse was elected a member of the House of Assembly to represent Spaniard's Bay in the Squires Government for a four-year period. From 1924 to 1926 he held the position of road inspector. He was a member of the Conception Bay Mutual Marine Insurance Company from its inception until the time the company was dissolved owing to lack of schooners in Conception Bay.
He was married twice, first to Miss Mabel Gosse, who died shortly after their marriage, and then to Miss Hester Noel of Harbour Grace who predeceased him a few years ago. He leaves three sons: Dr. Maxwell Gosse of Poughkeepsie, New York, Bert and Chesley in St. John's. There are several grandchildren.
The funeral was held here on Friday afternoon to the United Church where the burial service was read by the minister, Rev. J. S. H. Moran, B.A. Mrs. C. B. Randell presided at the organ. The L.O.A., of which the deceased was a honourary member, attended the service after which the service of the Orange Ritual was read by Harry Chipman, W.M. Burial in the family plot in the United Church Cemetery.
"When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar,
May I hear Thee say to me,
Fear not, I will pilot thee."