Bishop Gossman laid to rest

August 20, 2013 5:31:28 PM PDT
Mourners packed Cary's St. Michael the Archangel Parish Tuesday for the funeral of Bishop emeritus F. Joseph Gossman.

The fourth bishop of the Raleigh Diocese, Gossman died last week at the age of 83, following a long illness.

Gossman served as bishop of Raleigh from 1975 until 2006, when he retired.

Current Bishop Michael Burbidge said Tuesday he remembers his predecessor's kindness.

"I will never forget how Bishop Gossman eased my hesitation and concern of succeeding him after 31 years of dedicated service as a bishop of this wonderful diocese. He simply said just love God, love people, and be yourself," said Burbidge.

Gossman was buried Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Cemetery in Newton Grove.

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