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Joseph A. Gogas, 87, husband of the late Pauline (Dufour) Gogas, passed away on June 14, 2017 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill with his devoted son at his bedside.
A 62-year resident of Plaistow, he had lived for the past two years at Haverhill Crossing, a Benchmark assisted living facility where he became an integral part of the community and was well-loved by his many caregivers, who he welcomed into his life as friends.

Born in Haverhill, he was the son of the late George S., originally from Dhistrato, Epirus Region, Greece, and Mary B. (Collins) Gogas, originally from Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, Ireland. Raised and educated in Haverhill, he attended and was a graduate of St. James Grammar School and St. James High School, Class of 1949. He was Co-Captain then Captain of the St. James Football Team for two years in a row. Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. Joseph worked as a Quality Assurance Manager and later, Quality Control Manager at the former Western Electric (Alcatel/Lucent, now Nokia) in North Andover. He was a long-time member of the Plaistow Fish and Game Club, as well as a Merrimack Valley Chapter Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader. He was a passionate football player and lifelong fan, having won a football scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. He was an avid sports lover in general, especially baseball, hockey and later in life, soccer. A lover of nature, Joseph enjoyed fishing, hunting and hiking in Maine, as well as Northern and Central New Hampshire.
Joseph is survived by his son and only child, Joseph A. Gogas, Jr. of Conquerall Bank, Nova Scotia, Canada; son-in-law, Marc G. Daoust of Conquerall Bank, NS, Canada; a brother, George Gogas and a sister, Anna E. Gogas, both of Haverhill; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his three sisters, Frances J. McGrath, Kathleen T. and Mary M. “Molly” Gogas; and his brother, William G. “Gerry” Gogas. He leaves behind many long-time friends and neighbors who have shown their consistent caring and support during his long-period of illness.
A private funeral service has been held. A memorial service shall be scheduled at a future date. Arrangements are handled by the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main Street, Haverhill. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook or www.comeaufuneral.com. The family requests that a memorial donation be made in his name to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830.
Published on  July 21, 2017
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