Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
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.