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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

NA/PAA/DL Capt. Conrad 'Connie' Gosheff

NAA/PAA/DL Capt. Conrad ‘Connie’ Gosheff
September 28, 1933 ~ April 12, 2013


Word has been received of the passing of USAF veteran and retired NA/PAA/DL pilot Captain ‘Connie’ Gosheff. Born/raised in Indiana, Conrad E. Gosheff was 79 years of age at the time of his unexpected passing following surgery. Captain Gosheff hired on with National Airlines and made the mergers with Pan American and Delta Air Lines. He retired at the mandatory age 60 in 1993, based Miami early in his career, then New York at the time of his retirement with Delta. To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.degusipefuneralhome.com/obituaries

Survived by his wife Diane personal condolences may be sent to the family at
506 Smokerise Blvd., Longwood FL 32779-3343 .... (407) 774-3377

Arrangements have been entrusted to DeGusipe Funeral Home, Miami FL.
Services will be held April 20th from 1:30-2:30 PM at Wekiva Presbyterian Church, 211 Wekiva Springs Lane, Longwood FL. 

NAL/PAA/DAL Captain Conrad "Connie" Gosheff
September 28, 1933-April 12, 2013

From: Steve Mills Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:20 AM Subject: Sad news-Captain Connie Gosheff

We lost a good friend and Pilot April 12th. Captain Conrad "Connie" Gosheff passed away peacefully following surgery. Many of us enjoyed flying with Connie and those who knew him knew he was a true gentleman and always professional. For memorial arrangements click on the link below. You may also leave a message for the family on the tribute wall.

Steve Mills

Diane requests you consider donating blood to your local blood bank in Connie's memory. Condolences may be mailed to her at home: Diane Gosheff, 506 Smoakrise Blvd., Longwood Fl 32779-3343   or email her at: dgosheff@cfl.rr.com

Mr. Conrad Gosheff, age 79 of Longwood, Florida, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Gosheff was born on September 28, 1933 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Arrangements are entrusted to DeGusipe Funeral Home & Crematory, 9001 N. Orlando Avenue, Maitland, Florida 32751. (407) 695-CARE(2273).

A memorial service will be held at the Wekiva Presbyterian Church at 1:30 P.M. on April 20th.  Address is: WEKIVA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 211 WEKIVA SPRINGS LANE, LONGWOOD, FL. 32779     (407)869-1608

Airline pilot was always eager to try new things: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - Sunday, April 21, 2013

Capt. Conrad Gosheff had a long, successful career as a pilot for commercial airlines, flying both domestic and international routes for nearly 30 years.

He was also a "really wonderful example of someone who just keeps going forward with true grit," said his wife, Diane, of Longwood.
Gosheff earned a nursing degree while flying for Pan Am World Airways, recovered from a debilitating illness, kept busy after retirement with volunteer work and learned to play an electric keyboard after suffering a major stroke.
"What I loved about him was he was always trying something new. Even if he was afraid of not doing well, he just kept going," said his daughter Hillary Philbrick, also of Longwood.
Gosheff, of Longwood, died April 12 of pancreatic cancer at age 79. He was remembered as a kind, patient man, devoted to his family and to the Presbyterian church.
"He had a tremendous faith. Everything was in God's hands," said daughter Laura Gosheff of New York City.
"He always thought the best of people," added daughter Leslie Gosheff of Brookline, Mass.
Gosheff was born in Indianapolis to a family that moved frequently. He graduated from Plant High School in Tampa in 1952 and from Memphis State College in 1956.
He considered medical school but was also in the Air Force ROTC program and decided to enlist after graduation. The Air Force trained him as a pilot, and he served eight years.
He was then hired by National Airlines, based in Miami. He continued to fly as the company was acquired by Pan Am and then Pan Am was taken over by Delta.
His interest in medicine lingered, however, so in the late 1970s, he enrolled in nursing school in Miami, where he met Diane, also a nursing student.
During that time, he developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, which left him paralyzed and dependent on a ventilator, his wife said. In time, he recovered, passed his flight physical to return to work and earned his nursing degree, which he used to help with airline medical programs and the occasional in-flight medical emergency.
The couple married in 1977, a second marriage for both that created a blended family with six children. The couple moved with the two youngest to Seminole County in 1979.
Gosheff was away from home frequently -- sometimes flying routes from New York City to Europe -- but was still a devoted father.
His son, Jay Philbrick, recalled playing in a soccer tournament in Tampa at age 12. He didn't expect his father to make the game but heard him cheering about halfway through the match.
Gosheff had finished work, hopped on a flight from New York to Tampa and then grabbed a cab to take him to the soccer field.
His older daughters sometimes had political disagreements with their father, they said, but loved his sweet personality and admired his determination, as evidenced by learning music after a 2004 stroke.
"It made you feel inspired, always. I think that a miracle could happen at any moment," said daughter Lesae Bradley of Boston.
Gosheff also is survived by five grandchildren.
DeGusipe Funeral Home in Maitland is handling arrangements.

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