Harold L. Gould Sr., 88, of Millville passed away Friday afternoon, Nov. 9, 2012, in New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home, Vineland, after being in declining health for the past two years.
Born in Gouldtown, he was the son of the late Sydney and Eva (Lloyd) Gould and the husband of Gwendolyn McElroy Foote Gould. Mr. Gould had been a resident of the Carmel area for the past 65 years, and had grown up and attended the original Gouldtown three-room school, which had three grades in each class. He graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1943, and pursued his education at Morgan State College and Glassboro State College, where he graduated in 1947. In 1950, he entered the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1952 during the Korean War. Mr. Gould's passion was always baseball and he excelled in the sport, where he played in the Negro Baseball League for the Philly Stars in the United States and then in the Canada Professional Leagues for the Dodgers. In 1994 he was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, and the South Jersey Hall of Fame in 2001. He was named one of Cumberland County's "People of the Century" in 1999, and was named to the county's Black Hall of Fame in 2009. He has been honored each April by the Phillies on Jackie Robinson Day, along with other former Philly Stars players. In 1970 he became the first black pipe fitter/welder in Local 322, where he worked until his retirement in 1998. For several years he also ran Harold's Welding, and taught Industrial Arts for the Bridgeton Board of Education and Leesburg State Prison System, where he also served as director of the prison Industrial Arts Program. He was very proud of his Gouldtown roots, and where he came from; in fact, an oral narrative was written and published in 2009 by Dr. Bob Allen entitled, "He Came From Gouldtown." He also enjoyed raising, breeding, and racing thoroughbred horses, playing pool and playing golf, with his many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gwendolyn; his three children, Valerie A. Gould and Harold L. Gould Jr., both of Millville, and Lorena E. Gould of Bridgeton; one brother, Herbert Gould of Atlantic City; and five grandchildren, Kiana Gould, John L. Stubbs III, "Keoni" Aundrea D. Gould, Marcus Lamont Savage and Jalani Stubbs. He was predeceased by his daughter, Jocelyne D. Gould; brothers, Sydney Gould and Donald Gould; and sisters, Pauline Boykin, Alice Gould Cuff and Greta Chappell.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Union Baptist Temple Church, 30 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The interment will take place in Gouldtown Memorial Park, Fairfield Township.
Friends may call on Friday afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sray-Webster Funeral Home, 62 Landis Ave., at Carll's Corner, Upper Deerfield Township, and on Saturday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. prior to the services, at the church.
Written condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home website at www.sraywebsterfuneralhome.com.