Brian Douglas Roscoe AKA Gouch, passed away on June 9, 2021 in Fort Myers, Florida, where he had been residing on and off for the past 10 years or so.
Brian was born on August 3,1960 to Charles B. Roscoe and Patricia A. Roscoe (nee Lancaster) in Hastings, MI. He attended Thornapple Kellogg High School and completed his GED through Berrien Springs High School. How did the Gouch get his nickname? Back in the Fisherman's Haven days, his much loved and respected boss, Ron Buscar took Brian under his wing. Brian had a great respect for Ron and truly loved him like a father. For some reason, Ron dubbed Brian "The Gouch" and the name stuck!
Gouch was an avid hunter, be it game, fish, mushrooms or wild asparagus. He crabbed in the Gulf of Mexico for many years. He always knew just where the best spots were. He also loved music and was probably Ted Nugent's biggest fan!
He leaves behind his four children; Brian D. Roscoe, Jr. of Parker, CO, Erica K. Watts of Spokane, WA, Tommy D. M. Roscoe of Spokane, WA and Ian C. M. Roscoe of Denver, CO. and 11 grandchildren. Additionally, his father Charles Roscoe and stepmother Lynn, brothers Kevin and Tim Roscoe and sister Merry Sherk, ex-wives Eileen Roscoe and Kelly Roscoe, and many loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother who passed away in March of this year, and by brothers Charles Jeffrey (Jeff) Roscoe and Scott E. Roscoe and by beloved nephew, Jeremy J. (JJ) Roscoe.
We all know and love the wild man, Gouch. We've all been touched by him one way or another. He was truly a people person and spent his life making every stranger a friend. His enthusiasm was contagious and you just couldn't help but like him. He had a big heart and would literally give you the shirt off his back (thank goodness he didn't offer those little shorts of his!). Everyone was a friend or "family" to him and he loved... really loved his friends. He made all of us at some point laugh or cry, he made us angry or joyous. Oftentimes, we hurt with or for him. The point is, he made us feel and he rarely apologized for making us feel that way.
What you saw is what you got. Gouch was about as genuine as they get. He broke the mold and I'm not sure we could handle another like him. Rest easy Gouch. If Heaven is a quiet place, all that's about to change.
The family asks just as Gouch would, In lieu of flowers or donations to a specific charity, He'd want you to give to a charitable organization of your choice if your choose.
Services were held privately by the family.
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