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 son-in-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 Street, 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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Stratford, Ontario N5A 5T7
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