Enjoyed many hobbies

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition

TEWKSBURY — Craig Scott Gould, 75, of Tewksbury, formerly of Everett and North Reading, passed away October 5, 2017 from congestive heart failure. He was the son of the late Beverly Ivester Monroe and Payson ‘Pasty’ Gould, both of North Reading. He has been described by a friend as a “good guy and loyal friend”. He was a wonderful brother to his sister, Deb, always offering an ear to listen and spending time at her home in Maine.

Craig loved to drive…anywhere, as long as he could take a ‘nap’ along the way. He particularly enjoyed driving his yellow Jeep, often without the top or doors.

After being discharged from the Army he worked many years at Lewis Candy Company in Malden. Through the years he worked as a short order cook for Howard Johnson’s at the Route 1 rotary, in Saugus, followed by working for Monroe Oil Company in North Reading, several “second” jobs to stay busy, and eventually he went to work for H.P. Hood, Charlestown. His first job with the company was home delivery in the Andover area and when he had the opportunity he worked as a tractor trailer driver throughout the state of Massachusetts. He retired in the early 2000s after 31 years. He kept track of the drivers that he had worked with and often would meet them for coffee or just talk to them on the phone. He actually tried to stay in touch with many, many people that he had become friends with, whether from the Army or any of the jobs that he worked.

In the late 1990s he discovered books on tape and would listen to them for hours while he was driving; years later this led to him purchasing a Kindle after he retired. He loved it and would read several books at once. Craig loved music – from the three tenors and opera to older country music to show tunes to rock ‘n roll (up to the late ‘80’s) -just about everything. He loved movies and collected, particularly James Bond, nearly as many of those as the music cd’s. He always seemed to find a new interest from cameras and photography in the ‘60s and ‘70s to joining the Andover Sportmen’s Club which sparked an interest in target practice with bow and arrow and pistols.

Wednesday nights were always reserved for “cards with the guys” at the Club. In recent years he attended the Tewksbury Senior Center, making another set of friends while playing cribbage. While his wife was alive they took several trips to Florida and many places between there and New England.  They both really enjoyed all of the venues at Disney. 

Craig is survived by his sister, Deb Desjardins and her partner, David Barrett of Auburn, Maine, his brother, Bob Colburn and his wife of Placida, Florida, his sister Cheryl White and her husband of Lebanon, New Hampshire, his brother Kevin Gould of Grafton, New Hampshire, and his sister-in-law, Marianne Colburn of Brooksville, Florida. Also, survived by two aunts, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and many cousins. His wife Barbara (Mew) Gould predeceased him in August 2013.

Calling Hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Saturday, October 21, from 10 to 11:20 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m.  Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers please make donations in his memory to MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844-2052. www.croswellfuneralhome.com