2013-04-13 / Obituaries

William ‘Bill’ Gough


William ‘Bill’ Gough William ‘Bill’ Gough William “Bill” Irvin Gough, 72, of Cedarville and Mackinac Island, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie.

He was born February 21, 1941, to John and Annie Margaret (nee Winberg) Gough in Sault Ste. Marie.

He grew up in Cedarville, Pickford, and Sault Ste. Marie. As a young child it was apparent that he was an exceptional student, so he lived with his grandparents in Pickford and then an aunt and uncle in Sault Ste. Marie to make sure he could attend school regularly. He was graduated from Sault High School and then attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a year before coming home to help his family. He continued his education and earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the Sault Ste. Marie branch of Michigan Technological University and then a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

He taught for one school year at Mackinac College on Mackinac Island, where he met Cynthia Jane “Cindy” Francis. They were married December 20, 1969, at Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church on the Island.

Mr. Gough taught at Lake Superior State College for several years. In the summers he operated the family businesses, Cindy’s Riding Stable and Jack’s Livery Stable, with his wife and other family members.

He served on the Mackinac Island City Council for several years and for a time as mayor pro tem.

He enjoyed photography, reading, writing, and golfing.

He is survived by his wife; sons and their families, William Taylor “W.T.” of Cedarville, Theodore “Teddy” and Shantelle of Hessel, and Jeremiah of Cedarville; grandchildren, Colton

Fisher, Kody, Keely, Kassidy, Madison, and Carter Gough; a great-granddaughter, Keera Gough; a brother and his family, Reginald and Laurel Gough of Sault Ste. Marie; a sister, Beverly Barney of Germfask; sisters-in-law and their families, Kathleen Barnes of Punta Gorda, Florida, and Vera and Steve Hicks of Cedarville; and brothers-in-law and their families, Donald and Gracie Francis of Punta Gorda and Mackinac Island, and James Francis of Hessel.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a baby sister, Jean.

Visitation was Sunday, March 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Reamer Galer Funeral home in Pickford.

A funeral was Monday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with visitation at 10 a.m. Father Jim Williams conducted the service.

Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery in Pickford Township during the first week of June.

Memorials may be made to the Mackinac Horsemen’s Association, P.O. Box 484, Mackinac Island, Michigan 49757.

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