Fond friend farewelled
By EMMA CORNFORD
A PACKED St Mary's Catholic Church congregation in Grafton yesterday paid their final tributes to 44-year-old Peter Gosson ? a keen footballer, scout master and dedicated family man.
Dr Allan Tyson read the Eulogy, telling stories from the chapters of Mr Gosson's life.
The tales ranged from the story of how Mr Gosson met his wife of 22 years, Roslynn, at Nambucca Heads to the memories shared by each of their four children ? Cameron, Joel, Erin and Rhys.
Be it watching their soccer games, going fishing or how he was 'wrapped around the finger' of his daughter, the crowd shared a laugh and a tear as they remembered their friend and colleague.
"He would sometimes go to Coffs Harbour shopping, as long as he got his cheesecake and coffee at Gloria Jeans," Dr Tyson said.
Westlawn Tigers football club member Dennis Pearce read a tribute to Mr Gosson, detailing his dedication to the club as a goal keeper and team manager.
"Some people say you don't know what you've got until it's gone, but we always knew what we had ? a true friend," Mr Pearce said.
"It's also said that rugby is played in heaven but we can be sure Peter's soon going to change that."
As a final tribute, Grafton scouts formed a guard of honour outside the church as Mr Gosson made his final journey.