Norman A. Gosline

Mar 25, 2019
Norman Gosline

Gardiner — Norman Abbott Gosline, age 83, died after a short but valiant fight with cancer March 23, 2019.

Born Nov. 6, 1935, at Gardiner Hospital, he was the son of Arthur N. Gosline Sr. and Katherine R. (Wadsworth) Gosline, both of whom predeceased him.

Norman was the youngest of six siblings, Mary Frances (Fran) Gosline Towle, Walter Wadsworth Gosline, Arthur N. “Skip” Gosline Jr., Ann Margaret Gosline Blaisdell and Robert W. “Bob” Gosline.

Norman attended the McKinley School of West Gardiner, Gardiner High School, the University of Maine Orono, the latter as a member of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and post-graduate studies in real estate law and finance at Boston University, as well as numerous professional classroom real estate studies at the University of Connecticut and Indiana University,

Norman was a well-respected real estate professional with more than 50 years in real estate appraisal, brokerage and consulting, serving Maine, New England and the maritime provinces of Canada. He received many honors and awards, such as Realtor to Realtor Emeritus, president of the Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors, president of the Maine Association of Realtors, co-founder and dean of the Tri-State Realtor Institute, and director of the National Association of Realtors.

In the appraisal field, Norman earned the coveted Member, Appraisal Institute professional designation, served twice as president of the Maine chapter of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, served as president of the New England chapter of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, was chair of the Northeast Region of the Appraisal Institute and served two terms on the National Board of Directors for the Appraisal Institute. He was designated a Counselor Real Estate, becoming the second ever for the state of Maine. In recognition of his standing in the eeal estate community, Norman was selected to visit and meet with officials and participants of the Peoples Republic of China by the Eisenhower Foundation “People to People” Program in June of 1994.

He was a charter member and co-founding member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Self Storage Association. He was a member of Kora Temple Shrine Motor Corps for more than 20 years, a public member of the state of Maine Land for Maine’s Future Board and its Appraisal Oversight Committee. A final point of Norman’s service to the public is his rejuvenation of the Gardiner Public Landing, The Great Kennebec River Whatever Race and his many contributions to the Augusta Historical Society.

During his youth and early adulthood, Norman was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church. He also had a distinguished involvement of more than 50 years with the Gardiner Rotary Club, serving as a president as well as the club’s second ever honored as a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He also served on the Gardiner Planning Board and the city’s Ambulance Advisory Committee.

Always interested and observant, Norman made contributions to his community, state and nation, and was a follower of national and world affairs as reported by the media, and demonstrated his integrity by being asked to serve as best man at his late first wife’s second marriage ceremony.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Crosman, their daughter Lee, her son Troy, and Norman’s step-son William K. Hoch Jr. and William’s wife, Kimberly.

Norman is survived by his loving and patient wife of 42 years, Shirlene Heath Hoch Gosline; son Jeffrey, his wife, Sandra, of New London, Pa., and their three sons, Matthew, his wife, Brandy Phillips, and their two girls, Isabella and Sophia, Benjamin, and Nicholas; son Mark, his wife, Brenda, of Waterville, and daughter Hannah; stepchildren Jolene Hoch, her partner, Mike Coutts, of Randolph, and her daughter, Andrea, and her partner, Dayna Kramer; and Ellen M. Hoch of Connecticut; his granddaughter, Tiffany, husband Brandon andtheir four children, Taylor, Leah, Cole and Maggie; as well as a near score of nieces and nephews from Maine to California to Florida. Additionally, beloved "daughter" Meredith "Merri" Lindstrom; and an exceptional professional assistant for more than 40 years, Donna Phillips.

Visitation will be held at Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, Thursday, March 28, from 5. to 8 p.m. A funeral service be held Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Dresden Avenue, Gardiner, with the Rev. Kerry Mansir presiding. A spring burial will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Gardiner.

Donations may be made in Norman’s memory, to the Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04101.

Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website: familyfirstfuneralhomes.com

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