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Stephen Gosson

Stephen Richard Gosson

Friday, May 23rd, 1947 - Thursday, September 17th, 2020
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Stephen Richard Gosson passed away on September 17, 2020 at home in Mount Hood - Parkdale, Oregon. Stephen was born on May 23, 1947 and was 73 years of age at the time of his passing.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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Phil Metcalfe

Posted at 02:14pm
It is a honor to count Steve Gosson as a friend, and a privilege to get to know him over the last couple of years. I was fortunate to be on his email list, and receive regular photo dispatches regarding the animal kingdom that he interacted with and watched over like a brooding parent. Whether it would be “Darlene” or “Maggie” the deer that would meander in to feed five feet from his window, or their annual ritual them parading in their newborn fawn so Steve could be the first to meet them. Or it might be a marauding skunk making an appearance in the middle of the night looking for a handout, or a family of raccoons taking solace from the storm under his car. Didn’t matter to Steve. They were all treated equal. Often times these emails were waiting for me to consume with my morning coffee, and the continuing storyline Steve created with his adept grasp of the English language made you want for more. Sadly, the story ends as Steve passes to the great beyond.

Steve was never one to toot his own horn. When asked about his military service, he would just say he was “shot at more times then he cares to talk about”, and leave it at that. A real hidden gem is the number of times his name appears when the “Oregon Field Guide” credits roll on OPB. He made a big impact on that TV show in a number of different capacities. Steve traveled the world working on big stories. Watch the credits on the documentary “Exxon Valdez” and your likely to see his name. He had a long and distinguished career in the film industry.

Steve had many options late in life, but preferred “quiet, calm interaction I enjoy in a small and austere way” to “reflect on my life”. Hats off to brother and sister-in-law Jim and Gail Gosson for providing the the care and the space for Steve to live as he wished over the last several years. Incredible sacrifice they made out of love.

Steve reflects, “I concede this lifestyle isn’t many peoples idea of a home, but as a solo old guy, I’m grateful that I don’t have the stresses to interfere with my enjoyment of critters, who have consented to my presence in their life” He continues his thoughts in a recent email regarding about the need to “be able to turn his head and view the real and natural world he was born into” or “feel on his face the caress of natural wind or temperature that each dwindling day brought him”.

Steve was incredibly interesting and talented guy, and he made the world a better place.
Phil Metcalfe
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