age 77, of Manchester, Maine died February 11, 2019 of cancer in New Port Richey, Florida. Born in Augusta,MA.on April 2, 1941, he was the son of William and Bernadette (Lavallee) Gousse.
He attended Cony High School, class of 1959. In 1972 he married Charlene MacWhinnie and soon thereafter joined Modern Woodmen of America as a life insurance salesman. This must have been his calling, as his reputation grew so that he was consistently one of the company's top salespeople. He was very proud of the 166 life insurance applications he wrote in one month in 1997, the year he retired. This is the most ever written by one agent in one month in Modern Woodmen's 140 year history, a record that still stands today. Throughout his career he was the recipient of dozens of awards and on several occasions addressed his company's convention attendees as a speaker.
George's interests included traveling, making candy, playing cards, riding his bike, doing Sudoku puzzles, country music, puttering outdoors and “people”. He had traveled extensively, visiting 78 countries all over the world. He enjoyed spending time with his friends at Buker Community Center playing cribbage, his favorite card game. His most beloved hobby was making candy which he gave away. Almost every candy bar available on store shelves, and many that you can't find, he could make, about 150 different kinds. The dislike of snow sent him to Florida for 6 months every year, where he was known as The Candy Man.
He was predeceased by his parents in 1994; his wife, Charlene in 1999; brothers, Raymond in 1994 and Robert in 2014. He is survived by his partner of 17 years , Joanne Stephens; daughters, Lee-Ann Bragdon and her husband Reginald of Windsor, Diane York and her husband, Dale of Jefferson; son, Thomas and his wife Jennifer of Augusta; sisters, Rachel Daniel of Augusta and Rita Heap and her husband, Herbert of Odessa, Florida; sister-in-law, Marilyn of New Port Richey, Florida and Sally of Augusta; grandchildren, Bianca Badershall, Briar Bragdon, Bryce Bragdon, Tressa Loiko, Bryant York and Andrew Gousse and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Burial will be in Litchfield Plains Cemetery. Arrangements are being made by Dobies Funeral Home, Old C.R. 54
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