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“My heart is heavy as I write this, though I know Bill is in a better place. Bill had such a beautiful heart and he was a gentle giant. My memories of...Read More »
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William J. Gould Jr. of Mahopac, NY, died on January 10, 2019, at 69 years old following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born on May 8, 1949, in Miami, Florida, the first son of William Sr. and Marie (née Flynn) Gould. On December 30, 1989, he married JoAnn Abel in White Plains, NY, and they were blessed with their daughter Sarah Marie in February 1994.

William, affectionately called "Bill" or "Billy" by his family and friends, earned a bachelor's degree in psychology on full scholarship from Fordham University in 1971, and a master's degree in communications, cum laude, from Wheaton Graduate School in Illinois in 1975. He had a notorious sweet tooth and loved action movies. William was a generous, sensitive, loving man who enjoyed telling a good joke. Most importantly, he was a devoted man of God and always believed in the good in others.

An important event in William's life was his miraculous recovery following a fractured skull at the age of 16. Initially completely paralyzed, William was told by doctors he would never walk or talk again. However, after struggling to move for an entire night, William asked for God's help and immediately began to move. William eventually regained most function of his body with only mild residual effects.

William was a caretaker to his aunt Elizabeth "Betty" Flynn as a promise to his mother after her passing.

William is survived by his loving wife and caretaker JoAnn, his daughter Sarah Marie, brothers Greg and John, and his sister Cathy. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Michael.

All are welcome to attend a memorial visitation on Saturday, January 19 from 12–2 PM at the Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home in Mahopac, NY. A private cremation will be held prior to services.

In Lieu of Flowers, please make memorial contributions in his name to Samaritan's Purse, www.samaritanspurse.org.