Norman W. Gossman, a retired Aberdeen grocer who owned and operated Carsin's Run Store for more than 30 years, died April 21 at the University of Maryland Medical Center of congestive heart failure. He was 84.
The son of Aloysius Gossman, a city Department of Public Works employee, and Evelyn Gossman, a homemaker, Norman William Gossman was born in Baltimore and raised on Milton Avenue.
He attended City College and dropped out to join the Marines in 1949. He attained the rank of sergeant and served in Hawaii and at Camp Pendleton, Va. After being discharged in 1954, he returned to City College where he earned his diploma in 1956.
Mr. Gossman began his grocery career at 11 years old, when he worked at an uncle's Bel Air Road produce stand.
He worked for Pecks Kuchar, an East Baltimore corner grocery, and when the store closed, he went to work as a meat cutter in 1956 for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.
He was promoted to store manager and at the time of his retirement, he was manager of all of A&P's meat departments from Wilmington, Del., to Exmore, Va., family members said.
Then in 1968, Mr. Gossman fulfilled a longtime dream when he opened Carsin's Run Store on Churchville Road in Aberdeen, which became known for its delicatessen and sub sandwiches, family members said. He continued working at the store, which is still family-owned and -operated, until 2009.
The Bel Air resident enjoyed working in his garden, fishing and crabbing. He was also an Orioles and Ravens fan.
His wife of 56 years, the former Gladys Nicklay died in 2010.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Evans Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services, 3 Newport Drive, Bel Air.
Mr. Gossman is survived by two sons, Stephen S. Gossman of Aberdeen and Keith S. Gossman of Bel Air; a daughter, Melinda M. Gossman of Bel Air; two brothers, Bill Gossman of Jarrettsville and Ed Gossman of Delta, Pa.; a sister, Joan Ferracci of Bel Air; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.