Valerie Gould of Exeter at the age of 95, passed peacefully on Sunday, January 7, 2024 at Huron Hospice Clinton. As in life and in passing, with her loving daughter and best friend Annie by her side.
Beloved wife of Doug Gould (1994). Loving Mom of John Gould (KC) of Campbell River BC, Anne Gould-Sullivan of Exeter and chosen daughter Joanne Bowen of Exeter. Predeceased by her parents, Les and Emma.
Adored and cherished Gramma of Ryan Sullivan (Kate) of North Vancouver BC, Andrea (Joe), Erin (Kevin), Chris (Steph) all of London. Great Gramma to Luca, Noah, Marion, Margot & Maeve.
In the early years, Val was a medical secretary to a prestigious Dr. at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. After meeting and marrying the love of her life, she moved to Exeter and never looked back; she LOVED Exeter.
An undeniable zest for life with a fiery spirit; Val was one who could challenge, debate, discuss, dispute, plead her case and WIN! She had an amazing sense of humour which turned into MANY pranks over the years. Always up for a game of Bridge, a party, a rum, an adventure, a road trip and shopping! A huge supporter of her community since the mid 50’s, a volunteer for many “causes” over the years, passionate about Heritage (original member of the Exeter Heritage Foundation that saved the Town Hall) and more recent, her mission to have the fence at the Exeter Cemetery replaced.
Family was EVERYTHING to Val and you couldn’t find a more caring and dedicated friend; ALWAYS there for family, ALWAYS there for friends, always thinking of others. Val had an open door policy, coffee always on (or something stronger) and no matter how busy she was, she always had time to listen with a hand out to help. She will be deeply missed.
“Don’t cry because I’m gone; Smile brightly because I lived”
A huge thank you to Willy Van Klooster, his “Angel’s” (Nurses) and support staff at Huron Hospice in Clinton. There will never be enough words to convey our heartfelt gratitude for your kindness, compassion and exceptional care. To Dr. Khiavi, Exeter, thank you for always being there and for your wonderful & compassionate care. To Mike & Lynn, Joanne, Bob, Ken, Sharon & Robbie, Ralph & Josie; you have always been a constant presence especially throughout our journey for the past year and a half, when the support of friends was really needed. The love, compassion and kindness shown, including the non-stop treats and meals, were/are so very much appreciated, thank you! And to Colin, Wes, Art and the staff at Haskett Funeral Home, thank you for doing what you do best! You excel at understanding, showing compassion and giving guidance.
Cremation has taken place. Val‘s celebration of life will be held at the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church in Exeter, 264 Main St. S. on Friday, January 26 at 3:00 PM. A reception will be held immediately after at Haskett Funeral Home, 456 Main St. S., Exeter. A private interment will take place at a later date at the Exeter cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a donation, your kindness and consideration to the following charities would be greatly appreciated:
Huron Hospice, Clinton, Exeter Cemetery – Fence Project (cheques made payable to The Municipality of South Huron stating Fence Project), or Ontario SPCA & Humane Society