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JOHN GOSSELIN, 90, Greens Farms, Conn.

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GREENS FARMS, Conn. — John Gosselin, 90, of Greens Farms, Conn. — husband, father, IBM employee of 38 years and a lifelong teller of stories — passed away peacefully at Bridgeport Hospital on Feb. 6, 2018.

John was born in 1927 in West Hartford, Conn., the son of Dr. George Adelor Gosselin, MD, a neurologist who graduated from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, and Edith Terry Nelson, who hosted a radio show.

John often visited his grandfather, Ferdinand Gosselin, who ran a grocery emporium in Rutland, Vt., in the building across from what is now the Paramount Theater, and his cousins, the Tetas and Belleroses, who had a camp on the south end of Lake Dunmore.

John graduated from The Choate School in Wallingford, in 1945, and attended Williams College. During the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He received an honorable discharge in 1954, returned to Williams and graduated in 1955.

John went to work for International Business Machines in Waterbury, Conn., selling office equipment. He made the 100 Percent Club and was invited to a national conference where was recruited to work on international trade relations. By 1959, he was stationed at IBM’s European headquarters in Paris, France. It was the start of a career that would take him to five continents as he negotiated patent licensing and trade deals that led to the advancement of microchips and other computer technology.

On January 21, 1961, he married Elizabeth Hoyt “Betty” Miller. Two years later, after the birth of their first child, Lisa, they moved from Paris to New York City, where George and Jennifer were born and all three children attended school. In 1975, John was transferred back to Paris where the family spent 10 years before returning to the farmhouse in Greens Farms they had bought in 1964, and where he lived until recently.

John retired at age 67, after serving as Director of Commercial Relations for IBM World Trade. He continued to work after that, consulting with IBM, Hewlett-Packard and other technology companies and serving as an expert witness in a number of international patent law cases.

When asked what he was most proud of in his career, John replied without hesitation, “getting to know the inventors we worked with and making sure they were successful.” While he traveled the world on business, he was always a devoted father, spending his free time with his family, whom he was inordinately proud of.

He attended Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, Conn., served on the board of the Greens Farms Association and was a member of the Pequot Yacht Club for five decades.

John Gosselin was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Ann Gosselin, and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty; daughter Elizabeth “Lisa” Gosselin Lynn and her husband, Angelo, of Middlebury and Stowe, Vt.; son George Gosselin and his wife, Annette, of Fairfield; and daughter Jennifer Gosselin and her husband, Reed Maltzman, of San Francisco, Calif. He also leaves four grandchildren: Sam and Jack Gosselin, Zoe and Max Maltzman; and step-grandchildren Polly Lynn Mikula and her husband Jason, Christy Lynn and her husband Sam Ostrow, and Elsie Lynn Parini and her husband Oliver.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, followed by a reception for family and friends. Come spring, John will be buried at the Gosselin family plot at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Rutland. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 651 Pequot Ave., Southport, CT 06890. ◊

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