HENNIKER, NH: William P. “Billy” Gould, 65, lifelong resident of Henniker, NH, died on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the Granite VNA Hospice House in Concord following a four-month battle with metastasized pancreatic cancer.
He was born on May 18, 1958, in Concord, NH, a son of the late Allen and Mary (Morse) Gould.
William, known to many as Bill or Billy, was raised and educated locally and graduated from Henniker High School, Class of 1976.
Bill owned and operated Gould Well Company in Henniker for more than four decades, drilling (pounding) new wells, as well as installing and replacing well pumps and filtration systems. He would never hesitate to drop everything at a moment’s notice when customers called with water problems. It was not just a profession for him, he truly cared about the customers he served.
Bill played basketball on the Henniker High School Generals team. He spent several years coaching Henniker Youth Girls’ Basketball at many age levels.
Bill enjoyed softball and played on men’s teams across the state for 15 years.
Bill began playing golf at a very young age, he was extremely competitive and quite successful. He sponsored and played in many annual golf tournaments, including the Henniker Food Pantry tournament. He was a member of Duston Country Club. He participated in the Men’s League, the Tournament Committee, and started and ran the annual end of season Duston CC vs Angus Lea Ryder Cup tournament.
In 2016 following the passing of his dear friend, Bill started and ran the Rick Hall Golf Classic through the 2022 season. In 2023, he needed to pass the torch due to his declining heath. During the years he managed the tournament, $150,000 was raised, with proceeds benefiting the Henniker Food Pantry, Henniker Fire & Rescue, John StarK Regional High School scholarships, and Homeless Veterans, just to name a few.
Bill also enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, horseshoes, four-wheeling.
He was a great cook and enjoyed baking.
On August 22, 2023, Bill was appointed as an honorary member of the Henniker Fire Department. He was one of only four members to be appointed since 1899.
Bill’s passing has created an immeasurable void in Henniker and surrounding communities which will be felt for many years to come.
In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his stepson, Adam Devine.
Survivors include his loving wife, Jeanne Canty of Henniker, NH, his brothers, Robert and his wife, Donna Gould, of Hopkinton, NH, E. Scot and his wife, Anne Gould, of Henniker, NH and John Gould of Montana, his sister, Patty Carter of Laconia and many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home, 32 School Street, Hillsboro, NH. A private burial will be held for family in the Henniker Cemetery, Henniker, NH.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at pancan.org/donate, or by mail to 1500 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, or to the Rick Hall Golf Classic, c/o Ryan Hall, 40 Country Club Drive, Hopkinton, NH 03229.
Arrangements are in the care of the Holt–Woodbury Funeral Home, 32 School Street, Hillsboro, NH. To share a memory or offer a condolence please visit www.holtwoodburyfh.com