Salem — William R. "Coach" Gosselin, 84, of Salem, N.H., passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Wilmington Health Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Irene E. (Berube) Gosselin, to whom he was married for 60 years.
Born in Lawrence on January, 20, 1929, Coach was the son of the late George and Yvonne (Perrault) Gosselin. He attended St. Patrick's Elementary School in Lawrence and graduated from Central Catholic High School, where he was senior class president and excelled in football, baseball, basketball, and track. He then graduated from Tilton Prep School in Tilton, N.H., where he played football, basketball and baseball. He received his Bachelor of Arts in physical education from Arizona State University in 1951, where he was named to the all-conference football team and voted an AP All-American. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from Salem State College in 1963.
He served his country in the U.S. Army 187th Airborne during the Korean War, where he received the Purple Heart, Parachute Badge, Korean Service Medal with Bronze Star, and the Overseas Bar United Nations Service Medal.
Bill was a member of the Athletics Hall Of Fame at Central Catholic High School, Tilton Prep School, and Methuen High School. He received many honors from the Eagle Tribune. He was also awarded Athletic Director of the Year from District A, Eastern Massachusetts.
Bill was a physical education teacher and assistant football coach with the University of Rhode Island, an assistant football coach with Lawrence High School, a history teacher and head football coach with Woodbury High School in Salem, N.H., and a physical education teacher, head football coach, director of health, physical education, and athletics with Methuen High School, where he retired after 23 years as athletic director.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Massachusetts Retired Teachers Association, Massachusetts Retired Athletic Directors, an Arizona State University Alumni, and a Tilton Prep School and Central Catholic High School Alumni.