CAST Away Kayaking Honors Private Timothy Gossett
COOLVILLE, Ohio (WTAP) – The folks at CAST Away Kayaking in Coolville paid a special tribute to Timothy Gossett.
They marked him specifically for today, 7-19 being his unit number – and they started at 10 a.m. – as he started a shift.
He was a co-owner, husband and soldier of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
And they did something that he always loved to do.
“He came up with that idea of kayaking, doing a livery,” says Gossett’s widow Michelle. “Because he wanted people to get out on the water and enjoy it as much as he did.”
Friends, family and first responders came kayaking in memory of Gossett.
Many of his law enforcement colleagues praised his character and willingness to help others.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Marietta Post Commander, Lt. Chris Chesar says, “Tim was a very generous person. Tim would love to hunt. He would come in and make jerky and put it on a table and say, “Hey, I’m taking donations for Buying One Bears, where we would sponsor kids and take them shopping over Christmas time for that.” So always give and always look for someone other than himself.
The owners say Tim would have loved the large turnout.
“It’s amazing, it’s awesome. Tim would have loved it, ”says Gossett. “He loved kayaking, he loved being on the water. With all these people here, I’m sure he’s smiling at us.
Co-owner Angela McKenna has said she wants to make the tribute an annual event going forward.
“It’s extremely heartwarming. We know Tim had so many people in Marietta and the surrounding counties who just loved him, ”says McKenna. “He was a good man. And the outpouring of support today just showed how many lives he has touched.”
CAST Away Kayaking says their name comes from the use of each of their first initials; Chele, Angela, Shawn and Tim.
The owners say they will continue to keep the “T” in the name to honor Tim.
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