John Goss, a former school transportation director and a longtime industry expert for Q’Straint, died on Jan. 3. He was 84.
Goss, a Vietnam War veteran, started his career in the school bus industry after retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a chief master sergeant. He became director of transportation and facilities for Marana (Ariz.) Unified School District (USD), a position he held for 15 years.
During his tenure with Marana USD, Goss established a strong relationship with Jim Reaume, director of sales at Q'Straint. Reaume said that he was always impressed by Goss’ knowledge of wheelchair securement products and regulations.
When Goss retired from Marana USD in 1989, Reaume offered him a contract job as Q’Straint’s first outside sales and technical expert. In that role, he assisted with specifications and regulations, worked trade shows, trained the sales team and shared his industry knowledge.
One of Goss’ key accomplishments was the development of the Q'Straint National Training Seminar, which company officials said has evolved into a unique and highly regarded industry program. As a tribute to Goss’ passion for training, Q’Straint will dedicate its training facility in his name.
“John will be deeply missed by the entire Q'Straint family, but fortunately his legacy will live on,” company officials said.
Goss is survived by his wife of 60 years, Janine; two sons; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Goss’ obituary and memorial service information are available here.