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William Francis Goerg 1955-2020

William Francis Goerg (Slim) age 65, born April 5th 1955 in Schenectady, NY passed away peacefully on May 2nd 2020 listening to music and surrounded by loved ones at his daughter’s home. He was predeceased by his parents Francis and Camilla Goerg, Sister Donna Goerg and Brother Thomas Goerg.

He is survived by his daughters Aimee Marie Goerg-Smith (Tim) of NE, Elizabeth Anne Goerg (Eric) of CT and Allie Scott Goerg (Paul) of NM. Grandchildren Lucas Goerg, Savannah and Jacob Phelps, Gwenevyre and Cordelia LaCoursiere, and Isis and Osiris Smith.

He is survived by his siblings Mark Goerg (Lana) of CO, Michael Goerg (Glenn) of KY, Theresa Goerg of CA, Ernest Goerg of CT, Mary Miller of AZ; and longtime dear friends that were like brothers to him Steve Gura, Albert Aldrich, and Roger Fitzpatrick. As well as nephews Brian Goerg, and Vince Albrecht; Nieces Sarah Robertson, Lindsey Reyes and Lillian Goerg and several great nieces and nephews. Two previous wives who became friends Margaret Goerg of CT and Kathleen Scott Goerg of NM. Slim was well known for his love of music, and concerts. He had a record collection that grew over 55+ years. Friends and siblings would often gather together in the basement of his teenage home in Maryland to listen and sing along to a wide variety of favorites. He continued introducing music to all those around him throughout his life. Everyone had a mix tape created especially for them by Slim over the years. He was a big supporter of local music and would listen to a wide variety of genres. He loved listening to radio and seeing how far he away he could get stations to come in. He enjoyed watching each of his children and grandchildren express their own love of music. Slim learned how to cook growing up, and he really honed in on his skills during his first marriage and fine tuned them in his second. He loved cooking large buffet breakfasts for his family on weekends. His love of cooking increased throughout his life including family favorites like chili, beans, tacos, soups, and German potato salad. No BBQ was complete without a dish from Slim and he would always volunteer to man the grill and cook up some “caveman sized” steaks. Slim loved road trips. His family moved a lot during his childhood; New York, Pennsylvania, California, Maryland, Connecticut, Illinois... But it was Colorado that was his favorite destination. He loved pointing out his favorite spots in Colorado, going up into the mountains and scaring his daughters driving up skyline drive in Canyon City, CO. Road trips meant filling up a cooler, driving all night, playing music, singing and storytelling. If you met Slim, then you knew his great sense of humor followed by his infectious laugh. Friends and family would often see him dressed in Carhartt overalls, tye-dye t-shirts and a variety of hats. He smiled with his eyes and was never without a joke. He bought everything he ever saw a kid selling from lemonade to wildflowers, wore every Father’s Day paper tie out in public and supported local artists. He was always encouraging artists especially his daughters Aimee and Allie. During his final days Slim repeatedly expressed his great love for his children, grandchildren and nephew Brian, with whom he was very close. He reflected on road trips and adventures they had and how proud he was of them all. He would tell anyone who would listen that he had the greatest kids. A special thanks to his dear friend Hassnaa who all helped bring joy and much needed order to his final years. The family is forever grateful for her support.

A celebration of life will be planned in the future at a more appropriate time. One of Dad's favorite songs was “Hello in there” by John Prine so in lieu of flowers please reach out to someone who is elderly or alone and make a connection.

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Steve Gura
Steve Gura
May 04, 2020

You had a heart bigger than life itself. Rest In Peace my friend

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