Joseph Gregory Goosmann Sr. - Cumberland

Joseph Gregory Goosmann Sr. - Cumberland

Joseph Gregory “Joe” Goosmann Sr., 85, of Cumberland, R.I., passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at home. He was the husband of Mary Ellen Goosmann, who recently passed away in Dec. 2013, for more than 59 years.

Joseph has been a resident of Cumberland for the past 40 years. Born Oct. 3, 1928, in Covington, Ky., he was a son of the late Joseph Herman Goosmann and Mary Philomena Goosmann (Harmeling). He was the brother of the late Dolores Brady and the late Carol Floyd.

Joe joined the Navy in 1946 after graduating from St. Xavier High School. He served on the aircraft carrier Valley Forge in the Pacific and was also stationed as a weatherman in San Francisco. He was honorably discharged in 1949.

After the service he attended St. Thomas More College in Covington, Ky., where he met his wife Mary. They were married in 1954.

He worked for more than 25 years for the Commercial Union Life Assurance Group, first in Kentucky, then Virginia, then Rhode Island. He retired in 1991 after reaching the level of Regional Manager for the company.

Joe's family was the center of his life. He and Mary had five boys and two girls. He was a Little League coach in both Richmond, Va., and Babe Ruth coach in Cumberland, R.I. On any given weekend, Joe would be found fixing all kinds of things–cars, appliances, plumbing–as he was an avid do-it-yourselfer.

Staunchly patriotic, Joe's love of family spilled over into his love of country. He was also a devoted Red Sox fan. Though having spent the first half of his life in the Kentucky and Virginia, Joe loved New England with its snowy winters, colorful falls, and comfortable summers. His lawn would blossom with color every spring.

He is survived by his seven children, Joseph G. Goosmann Jr. and his wife Jeannie of Chesapeake, Va., John R. Goosmann and his wife Rachel of South Attleboro, James R. Goosmann and his wife Kimberly of Cumberland, Thomas L. Goosmann and his wife Melissa of Norwalk, Conn., Mary C. Votta and her husband Stephen of Cranston, R.I., Carol D. Joyce and her husband James of Cumberland and Robert D. Goosmann of Mansfield, Texas; 17 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, April 14th, 4-7 p.m. at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A funeral will be held from the funeral home on Tuesday, April 15 followed by a Mass in St. Mary's Church, 14 Park Street, North Attleboro at 10 o'clock. Burial will be held privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Catholic Charity Appeal ( To sign an online guestbook for Joe, please visit