Swan Funeral Home

825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT


John J Gould

July 27, 1935September 12, 2019

John James Gould, of Madison, Ct., passed away peacefully at his home, The Hearth in Madison, on September 12th at age 84. John was the son of Anna Siem Gould and James Gould of Waltham, Massachusetts, where John was born and educated. Predeceased by his parents and his beloved brother, George Gould, John is survived by his daughters, Raychel Brown and Krista Kelleher, son-in-law Mike Kelleher, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A resident of Madison for over 30 years, John loved the Connecticut Shoreline and always said, “There is no better place in the world to live than the shoreline between New London and New Haven.” John served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Preston and the U.S.S. Benner, followed by studying electrical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, where he was a member of Phi Mu Delta, and later elected to Mensa. One of the top salespersons at IBM until his retirement, a member of the 100% club most of his career, his hobbies were his avocation. John’s lifelong passion was the sea and all things nautical: boats, sailing, fishing and clamming. A talented amateur photographer, John usually had a camera in hand everywhere he went, taking thousands of photographs of his family, friends, and boats throughout the years. In keeping with his passion, John was a member of the Shennecossett Yacht Club and the Shoreline Sailing Club. Donations may be made in John’s memory to the United States Coast Guard Foundation, 394 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, Ct. 06378. A private Celebration of John’s life will be held at the convenience of his family.


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Bill Grace

October 13, 2019

I worked with John at IBM. Went with him one weekend to his cottage at Sebago Lake, when he had the tri-power GTO (mid 60s). Worked with him when we were in the Groton sub-office (pun intended) until I went to NC in '75. John put in a request for an MT/ST to be modular so it could fit in the hatch of a submarine...they told him to wait a while; and then the Mag Card was announced and that fit in the subs. A happy guy then! When he lived on Groton Long Point, Christmas open house was a fantastic event with pitchers of brandy alexanders. John always remembered the CEs that worked with him. There was always a gift or a lunch at Christmas time. A great wordsmith was he. Visited with him after I returned to CT, occasionally, until past few years. Many deep discussions.

Lynda Sterling

October 9, 2019

My dear friend, John. So elegant, gallant, generous, and kind. We didn’t sail together much, but had such fun at the Shoreline Sailing Club. You’ll be in my heart forever.