Reverend Sterling Wilson Gosman
Rev. Sterling Wilson Gosman - age 74, of Kentville, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at home, in the arms of his loving wife Ann. Born in Fredericton, NB he was a son of the late Bruce and Virginia (Wright) (McIntyre) Gosman. Sterling was born in Fredericton in 1944 and graduated from Fredericton High School in 1963. Soon after graduation he started work at CBC Fredericton. He worked there for 33 years before retiring. After being retired for five years, Sterling felt the call into full time ministry and he and Ann moved to Kentville, NS to attend university for the first time at Acadia Divinity College. After five years, Sterling graduated from Acadia University with his Bachelor of Theology degree in May of 2007. He then accepted a call to serve as Minister of Visitation and Care at New Minas Baptist Church. He served in this capacity until his death. The civic-minded Gosman was a former Fredericton city councilor. As a city councilor, he served on sub-committees such as Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Business Association, Planning and Advisory Committee, as well as an Auxiliary Police Officer. He also served as a member of the Baptist Men’s Association, the Canadian Bible Society, and former President of the Canadian Baptist of Atlantic Canada. Sterling was a great athlete and participated on several fastball teams representing NB nationally. He also enjoyed hockey, bowling, and fishing. He was inducted into the NB Sports Hall of Fame and the Fredericton Wall of Fame. Sterling was a man of great faith and he would say, "Jesus was revealed to me on my Mother’s knee, and Mom not only taught me about the love of Christ, but she also displayed it in her life and I’m the benefactor of her fervent prayers. We have been "saved" to serve, and to make a difference in a world where we all must, at the very least, Care in Christian love about one another." Sterling loved the book of Proverbs. One of his favorites, a principle so evident in his life was Proverbs 22:1 – "A good reputation and respect are worth much more than silver and gold." He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann (Eatmon); son, Rev. Dr. Sterling Neville Gosman (Donna), Fredericton; daughters, Teah Gosman-Odinga, Kentville and Measha Brueggergosman, Falmouth; grandchildren, Tiffarah (Andrew), Josiah (Chelsea), Micaiah (Robyn), Elijah, Jilahni, Imahni, Shepherd and Sterling; great-granddaughter, Mae Dawn Marie; brothers, Wilfred McIntyre, of Saskatchewan and Bruce Gosman, of Mill Cove, NB; nieces, nephews, extended family, "like family", and church family. Rev. Gosman was predeceased by grandson, August David Brueggergosman; siblings, Maureen, Yvonne, Louise, and Gertrude Ann; and half-siblings Katherine, Perron, George, Irvin, and Douglas. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, by request. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019 in the New Minas Baptist Church, NS. Rev. Daniel Cormier officiating, with the message being delivered by his son, the Rev. Dr. S. Neville Gosman. A memorial service, also followed by a reception, will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2019 in the Brunswick Street Baptist Church, Fredericton, NB. A private burial will take place at a later date in Fredericton, NB. To help those in the community, donations in memory of Sterling can be made to the Benevolent Fund of New Minas Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.