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Ralph Gould

Ralph A. Gould Jr.

Sunday, May 20th, 1923 - Friday, May 8th, 2020
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Obituary

Ralph A. Gould, Jr. passed on Friday, May 8, 2020 after a short period of declining health.

Born in Haverhill, MA on May 20, 1923, the son of Ralph A. and Thelma (Swan) Gould, his family moved to Auburn when he was five. He was a graduate of Edward Little High School in the class of 1940, Hebron Academy, ’41 and the University of Maine in 1948, re-affiliating with his original class of 1945.

His wartime service was with the US Army Air Corps, Ninth Air Force in Europe as a B-26 Marauder pilot, continuing as a “stand by” reservist with the USAF until 1956.

Upon graduating from college, Gould joined the family business, Gould & Scammon, Inc. of Auburn, manufacturers of shoe components. He became President in 1958, continuing until the business was sold in 1983, then in its 55th year. He remained active with the successor until his retirement at the end of 1990.

On June 25, 1948 he married the “prettiest RN in town”, Hazel Hayman, a CMG nursing school graduate. She died at 94 while they were living at Schooner Estates in Auburn, having reluctantly left Cove Road at Taylor Pond where they had resided for forty years. Had she lived 22 more days they would have been married 70 years.

Gould was a member of High Street Congregational Church, UCC, a trustee of Central Maine Medical Center for forty years, first chairman of Central Maine Healthcare in 1983, and for long time served on its Development Committee.

He was a trustee at Hebron Academy for ten years, for many years a director of Northeast Bankshare and Norstar Trust Co. beginning with the acquired banks. He had the interesting experience of serving on the Fee Arbitration Committee of the Maine Bar for six years.

Gould was a member of the Tranquil Lodge of Masons, the Scottish Rite Bodies, serving as Most Wise Master of Rose Croix and was a Potentate of Kora Temple, AAONMS. in 1968 and a Director of the Jesters in 1974. He was a 33rd degree Mason.

As an active skier at Sugarloaf where the family had a condo, he was one of the founders of the Washingtonians, a ski group that began with local families skiing in Quebec on Washington’s birthday in the early 60’s, continuing with ski trips to Europe for more than thirty-five years. It was a delight to say that the Goulds were a four generation skiing family. As a long time resident on the east shore of Taylor Pond, he was a member of the Taylor Pond Yacht Club and was active with the Taylor Pond Association as a water tester.

He is survived by their two children, David and his wife Anne (Chaplin) of Kennebunk, ME; Barbara Gould of Portland, ME; four grandchildren: Elizabeth Gould, Benjamin Gould, also of Kennebunk; Betsy Flaherty and her husband Colin of Westwood, MA, and James and Sarah Hochadel of Barrington, NH; his sister Diana and Robert Coleman of Longwood, FL; six great grandchildren: Hadleigh, William and Charles Daniels, Caroline and Joseph Flaherty, and Noah Hochadel.

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no funeral services at this time. In lieu of flowers contribution to: The Gould Center at Maine College of Health Professionals c/o Maine College of Health Professions 70 Middle St. Lewiston, ME. 04240 or the Gould Fund at the Auburn Public Library c/o The Auburn Public Library, Attn: Director of Development 49 Spring Street, Auburn, ME 04210.
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Janet Schwanda

Posted at 11:37am
My deepest condolences to Barbara, David, and Anne on your loss. I remember your dad as such a gentleman, such a good neighbor in our little Taylor Pond Cove community. I have a particular fond memory of your dad taking us for a drive in the T-bird convertible in the mid-60s. As the "father of a friend", he was a benevolent presence. I know your dad will be missed by many.
MW

Mark M Woodward

Posted at 03:53pm
David,
Very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I hope the memories will comfort you in this difficult time. It brings a smile to my face very time I think of your Dad tooling around in that sweet T-bird he drove. I thought he was a really cool guy. My thoughts are with you.
Best,
Mark Woodward
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Patricia Berg

Posted at 06:42pm
Barb, David and Family - it is not often that we read about such a long, purposeful and accomplished life. I feel blessed that I was able to experience much of my childhood in the home that Ralph and Hazel created and the experiences I shared with the Gould family. Through my close friendship with Barb, I saw how Ralph created a standard of citizenship and parenting that many admired. It was an added bonus that my own father was able to enjoy Ralph's company at Schooner. My sympathies to the Gould family. I know you have many wonderful memories to help you through this difficult time.
PL

Paul Levesque

Posted at 05:54pm
To Barb, David and family; May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. The Sim's Levesques' send our most sincere condolences.
SW

Sarah A. Wakefield

Posted at 11:53am
Dear Barbie and David,
I am sorry to hear about your Dad passing. I have many great memories of fun filled summers on Taylor Pond, racing at the Yacht Club and skiing adventures in the winter with your family. Your parents were always so welcoming and fun to be around! Thinking of you and your families ~ Sarah Wakefield
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