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 Post subject: Captain Anthony "Tony" Peter Gozanski
Unread postPosted: July 7, 2017, 7:19 am 
I saw this in the Duluth paper this morning and thought I would share. . r-gozanski
There are 2 pictures of him at the link.

Captain Anthony "Tony" Peter Gozanski

Captain Anthony "Tony" Peter Gozanski, 73, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at his home after a long struggle with heart disease.

Tony was born on November 11, 1943 to parents Thadius "Ted" Gozanski and Mildred "Millie" Gozanski. He grew up in Superior, WI, where he would live his whole life. Tony's family played a large role in the local maritime community, including starting the harbor excursion boat business (which today is known as the "Vista fleet") and operating the bumboats (whichwere floating convenience stores for the ships).

During his youth, Tony began working on the bumboats, later captaining the excursion boats, and finally becoming a well-known tugboat captain. He piloted tugboats across all five Great Lakes and the entire Eastern Seaboard. He served as captain on the tugboats of the Zenith Dredge Company (which practically built the Twin Ports harbor) then became a ship-docking captain for the North American Towing Company. When Zenith Dredge closed operations in 1993, Tony continued as captain for their predecessor-Marin Tech. In the late 1990's, he also worked for TNT Dredging, towing their hydraulic dredge from port to port on Lake Superior. In 2001, Tony was instrumental in the formation of the Zenith Tugboat Company, and was their primary tugboat captain, docking ships and ice-breaking, for the nine years they were in business. Tony also worked as an independent captain for other maritime companies whenever called upon. His abilities as an excellent single-screw tug operator were widely known.

All his life Tony was an avid collector of vintage cars and restored numbers of them. He was a member of the car club "Duces" when he was young and the hobby stayed with him for life.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Millie Gozanski and his son Ricky Gozanski.

He is survived by his sons Tim Gozanski and Chris Gozanski, their mother Janet Gozanski (all of Superior) and his lifelong friends Bob Eliason, Brian Soland, and Jim "Kimo" Androski.

Tony's gift for great story telling and his unbeatable sense of humor will be greatly missed by his multitude of friends and co-workers.

A private family service was held for immediate family only.

Per the family's wishes a Celebration of Tony's Life will be held at a later date.

Then Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, 1209 East Fifth Street, Superior, is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence or sign the guestbook, please visit our website at

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