David Charles Gould, Sr.
December 21, 1941 – October 29, 2018
David Charles Gould Sr., 76, of Gallatin, Tenn. passed away peacefully Oct. 29, 2018 at Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tenn.
Mr. Gould was born Dec. 21, 1941 in Berwyn, Ill. to Lawrence Gary Gould and Annette Kimbrough Gould. While on a family vacation in 1949, Mr. Gould’s father died suddenly of a heart attack. Mr. Gould’s mother then moved the family, which included sisters Mary and Annette, to Tulsa, Okla.
Mr. Gould graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1960 and attended the University of Tulsa where he was president of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha and earned a degree in Zoology. It was there he met Susan Schaller and the two were married on March 19, 1965.
They had two children, Dave and Nancy, and their young family moved several times before landing in Houston, Texas in 1970 when Mr. Gould went to work for Shell Oil Company. In 1975, Mr. Gould took a job with United Airlines that moved his family to Chicago. He was responsible for the purchase of jet fuel for the company.
During those years, Mr. and Mrs. Gould were active members of a local gourmet club and hosted New Year’s parties every year. Mr. Gould was also a little league baseball coach.
Mr. Gould moved his family to Houston in 1981 to work in the oil trading business. He would work in the industry until he retired. His career took him to Earlysville, Va. for a few years in the late 1980s where he also tried his hand at gentleman farming. His farm included 30 head of Angus cattle, but it turned out he was a better oil trader than a farmer, and he and Susan moved back to Houston for good around 1990. With the kids out of the house, Mr. and Mrs. Gould left the Houston suburbs and moved downtown where they could enjoy more of what the city had to offer – restaurants, the symphony, orchestra, etc. The first of Mr. Gould’s nine grandchildren was born in 1992 and he and Susan looked forward to seeing his family a couple times a year.
On Oct. 3, 1996, Susan died suddenly when what started as a staph infection eventually resulted in a massive stroke. A couple weeks later, Mr. Gould met his son at Notre Dame (his son’s alma mater) for a football game, which began an annual tradition for the next 15 years. As the grandchildren got older they would come as well. Everyone enjoyed the weekend in Chicago, eating at Gene & Georgetti Steakhouse and attending the game on Saturday.
On Nov. 11, 2000, Mr. Gould married Lynda Rogers. The two enjoyed eating out and traveling. He loved trying new restaurants and appreciated a variety of different cuisines. Over the years, they traveled to far-away places including Paris, London and Vancouver. Mr. Gould loved big cities, especially New York and Chicago.
Mr. Gould was a dog lover. He had many dogs over the years but was most especially fond of Schnauzers. First Flip then Unwyn and Maggie. In his later years, Mr. Gould bonded with Jane, his son’s family’s Labrador Retriever.
Mr. Gould made no secret of his political leanings. A former Democrat, he proudly cast his vote for Ronald Reagan for president in 1984 and was a staunch Republican after that. He enjoyed watching Fox News and his strong support for President Trump created some interesting dinner-table conversations. Mr. Gould loved music, especially the big band sounds from the 1940s. His radio station of choice was Siriusly Sinatra and Frank was his favorite.
Mr. Gould was a movie buff, he most enjoyed old movies. After daughter Nancy took a class about director Alfred Hitchcock while in college, she introduced him to Hitchcock movies. Those, along with the Godfather trilogy, were his favorites.
In March 2014, Mr. Gould suffered a heart attack followed closely by a stroke. He and Ms. Rogers divorced and Mr. Gould went to live with his son and his family in Gallatin, Tenn. He struggled with health issues for the rest of his life, but that didn’t keep him from spending time with his grandkids, who affectionately called him “Dude.” On Sept. 8, 2018, Mr. Gould suffered another heart attack, and after spending six weeks in the hospital was moved to Alive Hospice in Nashville, where he passed away a week later.
Mr. Gould was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Annette and his first wife Susan. He is survived by his son Dave (Ellen), daughter Nancy (Pud), grandchildren Patrick (Maggie), Andrew (Mary Clare), Nicholas, Sam, Sarah, Oliver, Annie, Maggie and Phoebe and sisters Mary Gould and Annette Tromley (Fred).
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at 2 p.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin, Tenn. with Father Mike Johnston presiding. Mr. Gould will be taken to Houston and buried in Glenwood Cemetery, next to Susan, following a graveside service on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Online condolences may be submitted at alexandergallatin.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to JDRF, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004 in Mr. Gould’s name.
- Committal Service Thursday, November 8, 2018