Lewis J. Gould, a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and accomplished attorney, passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in Canandaigua NY on July 24th. Lew will be greatly missed by many and best remembered for his unwavering commitment to his family, friends, career, and community.
Lew sculpted a spectacular career as an attorney, following in the footsteps of his beloved father Hyman Gould. Lew’s career spanned a remarkable 60 years. Like his father, Lew worked for clients almost up to the day of his passing!
Lew began his career working primarily with his father at the law firm of Gould & Gould and then after his father’s passing at Gould, Peck, Metzler & Cognata. Lew sold the practice in 2010 to the Rochester based firm of Chamberlin D’Amanda and continued practicing even after the sale.
Lew was born with a passion for the law. He repeated often his legal mantra, ‘Respect the law’, ‘Respect the Court’, and ‘Your word is your bond’. Lew’s proudest accomplishments occurred in the courtroom. While there are far too many to list here, he was especially proud to have been included in Who’s Who of American Law and the 1st edition of Best Lawyers in America. Practicing law brought him great happiness, and it is not uncommon to this day to run into former clients who fondly recall Lew’s skill and professionalism.
Lew graduated from Cornell Law School in 1957. Prior to that, Lew attended Northwestern University where he graduated with a BS in 1954. Northwestern remained one of Lew’s great loves throughout his entire life – he remained an ardent fan of the program right up until his passing. Lew even played freshman football at Northwestern, having made the team as a walk-on.
While his career was of utmost importance to him, Lew’s family always came first. He especially adored his wife Miriam, to whom he was married for 60 years until her passing in April, 2014. Their enduring partnership was a testament to their love and commitment to each other.
Predeceased by his wife, Miriam Gould; parents, Ida K. and Hyman G. Gould; and brother, Murray A. Gould. Survived by his sister, Deborah G. Goldman; children, Michael (Susan P.) Gould, Sharon Bloom and David (Sarah Kingdom) Gould; his grandchildren, David (fiancé Alexandra Lin) & Sarah Bloom, Nadia & Jackson Gould and Summer & Cody Gould; partner and companion, Veronica Schultz; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Lew loved life. Outside of his legal career Lew had a variety of interests that enriched his life greatly. He loved playing golf (he was a notorious club thrower), skiing and fishing, He found great contentment and excitement in these activities. Lew was an avid gym rat! He worked out four or five days a week right up to his last days. Lew actually rowed over 2,000,000 meters on the erg at his gym over the course of the last few years of his life!
As if all this wasn’t enough, Lew was extraordinarily civic minded. Again, the list of accomplishments and accolades is far too long to list here. A few brief highlights include acting as the President of the Rochester/Monroe County High School of Fame and Chaiman of the Monroe County War Memorial. He was lifelong member of Temple Beth El and found great solace and inspiration in the wonderful Rochester Jewish community.
Later in life, Lew fell in love with his Canandaigua ‘crew’. Lew was especially thankful for his many friends in his Canadaigua ‘family’.
Finally, Lew was especially thankful and grateful for the exceptional care and love he received from his longtime friend and companion, Ronnie Schultz. Ronnie cared for him with great love, kindness, and attention. Her caregiving will always be remembered by all of us. Thank you Ronnie!
Lew’s passing leaves a huge void in the hearts of his entire family and friends. Lew’s personality endeared him to all who knew him. He possessed a very quick wit, and it was his wit and charm, along with his frank, genuine approach that endeared him to everyone who knew and loved him.
Funeral Services will be held on THURSDAY July 27, at 12:00PM at Temple Beth El, in Rochester, NY. CLICK HERE for a map to Temple.
For those unable to attend in person, please CLICK HERE to livestream the funeral service.
A procession will follow to Mount Hope Cemetery.
Shiva will be held at the Rochester JCC in The Lipson Lounge on THURSDAY July 27th from 3 – 6 PM and on FRIDAY from 2 – 5 PM. CLICK HERE for a map to the JCC.
Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice in Lew’s memory.