Robert Gooch, 77, official at Crown, Cork & Seal Co.

August 29, 2002

Robert T. Gooch, a retired Crown, Cork & Seal Co. superintendent and World War II veteran, died of a heart attack Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 77 and lived in Randallstown.

Mr. Gooch, who was born in Baltimore and raised in the Woodberry neighborhood, dropped out of Polytechnic Institute to enlist in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

He served in England with the 8th Air Force, loading bombers for European runs. After being discharged, he returned to Baltimore and finished his education at Poly.

He began working for Crown, Cork & Seal in 1949 and was later superintendent of its East Baltimore plant. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Gooch was an avid builder and operator of radio-controlled airplanes, and was a member of the Wright Flyers Club and South Carroll Aero Modelers.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Charles Borromeo Council 3960.

Mr. Gooch was married in 1958 to Mary Wijangco, who died in 1999.

He was a communicant of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Randallstown, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

Mr. Gooch is survived by a sister, Audrey N. Boone of Towson; many nephews and nieces; and his fiancee, Ann Cress of Randallstown. A brother, John A. Gooch, was killed during the Korean War.

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