GOULD, J. Dun­can

The Beacon Herald - - NEWS -

- It is with great sad­ness we an­nounce the peace­ful pass­ing of James Dun­can Gould, age 96, on Jan­uary 2, 2019 at Spruce Lodge. Born in Strat­ford, he was the son of the late J. Welling­ton Gould and the for­mer Kather­ine McKel­lar. Beloved hus­band for 69 years of Is­abella (Isa) nee Ea­sun. Lov­ing father of Janice Pol­ley Miller (Lorne), Carol Bell (Jack), and Steven Gould. Grand­fa­ther of Matthew Pol­ley (Va­lerie), Lisa Crosby (Nathan), Christo­pher Pol­ley, Max Bell (Madi­son), Greg Bell, Kait­lan Gould, Stephanie Gould (Bren­dan), Cameron Gould and Abi­gail Gould. Great-grand­fa­ther of Nolan and Selina Crosby and Isaac Pol­ley. Also sur­vived by sis­ter-in-law Sheila Ea­sun and nieces Cathy Graver (Dan), Jane Her­lick (Paul), Su­san Ea­sun and Mar­i­lyn McAdam (Grant) and their fam­i­lies. Pre­de­ceased by an in­fant brother Wil­liam and sonin-law Fred Pol­ley. Dun­can worked as an ac­coun­tant and comptroller through­out his ca­reer. He started at Kist Canada, then Muir­head’s (No­va­tron­ics), Kor­lin Plas­tics, and ended his work life at Pounder Broth­ers. His fam­ily was a found­ing mem­ber of St. John’s United Church. Dun­can par­tic­i­pated in the life of the church, singing in the choir and serv­ing as an elder for many years. He was an ac­tive com­mu­nity mem­ber, be­long­ing to the Jaycees and the Ki­wa­nis Club. Along with Isa, Dun­can was es­pe­cially in­te­gral to the Ki­wa­nis Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. He also served on the Boards of the Strat­ford Gen­eral Hospi­tal and Ham­let Es­tates. In later years, his love of singing con­tin­ued in his membership in the Strat­ford Men’s Choir. Like most of his gen­er­a­tion, World War 2, shaped his adult­hood. For his par­tic­i­pa­tion in lib­er­at­ing France dur­ing the Nor­mandy in­va­sion, Dun­can was ap­pointed Knight of the National Order of the Le­gion of Hon­our in 2015. He was im­mensely proud of this high­est award of dis­tinc­tion from the French Gov­ern­ment. Dun­can main­tained many life­long friends, some of whom he met in Sun­day School at St. John’s Church. Since 1949, Dun­can and Isa spent the first Satur­day of ev­ery month with their many friends, mostly playing bridge. Time with friends al­ways in­cluded lots of fun and laugh­ter. Dun­can was a hard­work­ing, re­spected gen­tle­man who treated all with dig­nity and re­spect. All who met him were im­pressed by his kind­ness. He was a won­der­ful role model for his fam­ily who will miss him deeply. He was de­voted to his wife and made each of us feel spe­cial. It is his fam­ily of which he was most proud. We would like to thank the staff of Wood­land Tow­ers, Spruce Lodge and Doc­tor Ed­wards for their care, thought­ful­ness and kind­ness to Dad and sup­port to Isa and fam­ily. Friends and rel­a­tives will be re­ceived at the W.G. Young Fu­neral Home, 430 Huron St., Strat­ford on Mon­day, Jan­uary 14, from 12:30 un­til the time of the fu­neral ser­vice at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Keith Reynolds will of­fi­ci­ate. Pri­vate fam­ily In­ter­ment will fol­low at Avon­dale Ceme­tery. As ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy, me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made to Strat­ford Gen­eral Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion, Spruce Lodge, or a char­ity of your choice through the fu­neral home. 519.271.7411 www.wgy­oung­fu­ner­al­home.com

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