GRIFFITH PARK—Griffith Park carousel’s operator, Julio Gosdinski, passed away on Friday, August 7, at age 49.
Known by the locals as ‘Mr. G’ or ‘The Carousel Man,’ Gosdinski passed away in his sleep, according to his sister Anneliese Gosdinski-Espinoza who spoke to LAist. His family is waiting for the coroner’s report.
Gosdinski emigrated from Peru at the age of 12 and began working at the carousel when he was 16 years old. He met the then-owner of the carousel, Warren Deasy, who became a mentor and father figure to him. After Deasy passed away, he left the merry-go-round to his wife Rosemary and Godsinski.
Gosdinski was featured in a short documentary, ‘Julio’s dream’ by April Wright, showcasing Gosdinski and the 94-year-old merry-go-round. He was also profiled by KQED’s Anny Celsi in 2017.
Speaking to a creative collective Narrated Objects, Godsinski said, “Anything that happens out there in the ‘real’ world…you come here on a Saturday morning, open up our doors, turn on the clock, turn on the music, on the first ride, it just goes away…There’s something about it that is so soothing. And it’s very magical.”
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"Anything that happens out there in the 'real' world…you come here on a Saturday morning, open up our doors, turn on the clock, turn on the music, on the first ride, it just goes away….There's something about it that is so soothing. And it's very magical." – Julio Gosdinski @jagsterman @gp_carousel . We are saddened to learn of the passing of our amazing friend Julio Thursday night, who brought joy to thousands of families as co-owner of the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. He had an infectious energy and smile and treated our kids like they were his own. Los Angeles will not be the same without him. We are so grateful for Kathryn @friendsofgriffithpark and @dorayucas for bringing him into our lives. Support his family here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/farewell-to-a-local-legend . These are videos from 2017 when he gave us a private tour and ride. Total dream come true as someone who has been visiting the merry-go-round since I was a baby. . #merrygoround #griffithpark #carousel #losangeles #memories #rememberingjulio #disneywenthere #horses #lahistory
Gosdinski’s friends have created a GoFundMe page to contribute to his memorial service.