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Goulding, John Graham A longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 16, 2015, at age 91. John was born in Cambridge, one of two sons of the late Frederick C. Goulding and Ann Irene (Spaulding) Goulding. He was raised in Providence, Rhode Island and attended Providence College for two years before service to his country interrupted his studies. John served as a Naval Officer during WWII. At war's end, he continued his studies at Trinity College and later received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. After settling in Melrose, John embarked on a long, distinguished career in medicine. His affable nature, caring manner and fearless intellect earned him the trust and respect of his patients during his 50 year career. John's son Richard, an internist, joined him in practice for 25 years before John retired in 2005. John truly practiced family medicine with a strong knowledge across many medical disciplines including obstetrics, surgery and pediatrics. Dr. Goulding served as the President of the Massachusetts Osteopathic Society, was a founder of the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine and was the proud recipient of an honorary degree from that school. He served as Chairman of the Melrose Board of Health for over 35 years and was a member of the Ancient Mariners, a group of WWII Naval Officers. John was the beloved husband of Christine (Stone) Goulding with whom he shared 48 years of marriage, and the late Barbara A. (King) Goulding. Devoted father of Christopher J. Goulding and his wife Teresa, Richard K. Goulding, Pamela J. Reilly and her late husband John, Cynthia B. FitzGerald and her husband Duncan, Marc C. Goulding and his wife Aimee, and Nicholas G. Goulding and his wife Jessica. Dear brother of the late Frederick C. "Teddy" Goulding. Cherished grandfather of Gregory Goulding and his wife Emma, Christian Reilly and his wife Nikki, Scott Reilly and his wife Jennifer, Whitney FitzGerald and her fiance Nick Largura, Todd FitzGerald, Spencer FitzGerald, Nathaniel Goulding and Havia Goulding. Loving great-grandfather of Collin, Finn, Liam, Maggie, and John. Relatives and friends will gather in honor of John's life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Sunday, February 22 from 2-6 PM, and again on Monday morning at 9AM before leaving in procession to the Church of the Incarnation, 425 Upham St., Melrose, for his Funeral Mass celebrated at 10AM. Interment with military honors presented by the US Navy in Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge. Gifts may be made to the Dr. John G. Goulding Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund, c/o University of New England, 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04103 ( For directions, online tribute or to share a memory visit Robinson Funeral Home Melrose (781) 665-1900

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Published in Boston Globe from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20, 2015.
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February 15, 2018
Your presence continues to be sorely missed. You live through the memories you created with your family. I so enjoy the stories Aunt Christine and your children share. My thoughts are with your family today.
Allison White
February 25, 2015
Christine I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband Dr. John. He was our family Dr. for many years and when he retired I was heart broken. He was the best Dr. ever. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Rest In Peace Dr. John
Jean Gray and Family
February 20, 2015
To Christine and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Dr Goulding was not only a great Dr, he was a wonderful person. I was so fortunate to be able to work with him at the Melrose Health Department. Our sympathy to you.
Elaine and Doug MacDonald
February 19, 2015
Dear Christine, So sorry to read of John's death. I so enjoyed his wit and charm during our annual visits. He seemed like such a kind and gentle man. You and your family are in my prayers. Barbara Hammond (H&R Block)
Barbara Hammond
July 31, 2015
Dr Goulding was our family doctor throughout my childhood. A kind, caring man and great doctor. He actually made house calls! There are few Drs today who could hold a candle to that man.God Bless his soul and his family. My sincere sympathy.
Dona Wetherbee-Kirkland
March 11, 2015
what an incredible man! sure to be missed
Ron Fredette
February 19, 2015
This man was the most fabulous Physician. He was my Doctor as a little girl and delivered my Children. May you rest in peace, there will never be another you...Old fashioned care only the best. Sorry for your family, such a loss I cannot imagine. Another Earth Angel returns to Heaven. You are in good hands now Dr. Goulding you will never be forgotten.
Carol Lee & Paul Perry
February 19, 2015
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of John.May he rest in peace. Debbie Walsh and Gene
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