Cecile Gould

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021

Time: 10:00am

Location: Isaiah Chapel

Cemetery: Wellwood Cemetery

Cecile Gould May 10, 1933 – February 9, 2021 Cecile Rosalind (Siegel) Gould peacefully passed after nearly a year of fighting congestive heart problems. She was a feisty survivor of COVID, Cancer and many months of isolated quarantine, but always positive and smiling. She finally transcends into the stratosphere, to watch over us with her beloved late husband and soulmate, David Israel Gould, who passed 3 years ago at the same age and her most cherished daughter Beth, who predeceased her in 2015. Cecile remains in the loving thoughts of her remarkable family, including adoring sons, Kenneth Gould and his wife Suzanne Aguilar, of Londonderry, NH; Andrew Gould and his recently departed wife, Laurie Gould, of Nashua, NH; her devoted son in-law David Benjamin of Elmsford, NY; all her grandchildren she took unique pride in: Samuel Gould and his wife, Mónica Castillo, of Melrose, MA; Hannah Gould of Londonderry, NH; Jack Benjamin of Los Angeles, CA; Sarah Benjamin of New York City; Scott Benjamin of Elmsford, NY; Zack Gould of Medford, MA and Joshua Gould, of Amherst, MA; her intuitive twin sister Jane Brief and her husband Richard Brief of Boynton Beach, FL; her 2 sisters who predeceased her, the late Edith Mittman of Floral Park, NY and the late Ruth Kahane of Florida; and all her many dearest nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends in the many places she lived such as Boca Raton, Florida; Melville, New York; Summit, NJ; Lexington, MA and most recently, Bedford, NH. Cecile was born and raised in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY by her loving father and mother, Benjamin and Sarah Siegel, who met after arriving as immigrant Jews from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s. Cecile graduated from Lafayette High School and from Hunter College with a degree in Social work in 1954. She fell head over heels with David Izzy Gould and they were married in 1955. With much passion and some family planning, they had their 3 beautiful children (Ken, Beth & Andrew) 3 years apart in 1957, 1960 and 1963. Cecile blossomed as a mother, wife, and friend! She was the consummate Jewish mother (without the “nagging”) and her natural instincts to empathize and care deeply about her family and friends, as well as every fellow human and animal, was a shining example to her kids on how to truly be alive. She was a soaring spirit who always worried about others first and not herself! Cecile advanced her studies while raising her kids with a Masters Degree in Childhood Education at CW Post University in the mid-70s. When they flew the nest, Cecile began an inspired career teaching children with educational disabilities and English as a 2d Language in Lincoln & Billerica, MA and Rochelle, NJ. Cecile never ceased teaching her loved ones and others how to be compassionate and caring in this tumultuous world! Cecile’s other avid lifetime interests included Tennis, Golf, Bridge, Theater (both appreciating and acting), singing and, most of all, Dancing (which she could do even when she was too tired to walk). Services for Cecile will be for invited immediate family only at the Star of David Memorial Chapel, 1236 Wellwood Avenue, West Babylon, NY with Zoom participation on Sunday, February 14, 2021 starting at 10 am. (An appropriate day as she was Our “Valorous Valentine” to all that knew her). A burial will follow at nearby Wellwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to a charitable foundation for Cancer or Heart-related cures and research.

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  1. I adored my Aunt Cecile throughout my life. Her kind and loving spirit will always remain with me. I loved her smile and warmth and how she remembered all the names of my children and grandkids. I will never forget my happy childhood memories of all our holiday gatherings together! She was and will always be a true blessing to all who were lucky enough to know and love her! She will remain in my heart forever. I love you Aunt Cecile!

  2. Our condolences to the entire family. I was fortunate to have met Cecile several times and always felt her warmth and sincerity. She was one of those people who always made you feel like she had known you forever and treated you like family. Those qualities were shared and taught through her actions to all that knew her and most significantly to her family. How fortunate to have someone who was so special. She will always be in your hearts.

  3. What a beautiful memorial service – so many tributes to a beautiful lady. I only met Cecile a few times (David, of blessed memory, was my first cousin once removed), but I remember her warmth and love. My condolences to the whole family.

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