A BUSINESSMAN famed for his outstanding work in the community and putting Burton on the rowing world map, has died aged 79.
Former magistrate, James William Gould, had been suffering with cancer although his illness is not thought to be the primary cause of his sudden death in hospital on Thursday.
An electrical engineer by profession, Mr Gould was chairman and managing director of Crestchic Limited, a company he formed in Burton 30 years ago, with his brother-in-law and his two sons.
It manufactures electricity load banks for performance testing the electrical output of diesel generators. The company was floated on the Alternative Investment Market in 2006 to form Northbridge Industrial Services PLC.
Born in Bitham Lane, Stretton - in a home he has lived all his life, he attended Burton Grammar School and joined electrical engineers, John F Hall Limited, in Horninglow Street, as an apprentice.
He was later called up for National Service, and chose the army, following in the footsteps of his father, Sgt Major FW Gould, of the 6th North Staffs, one of Burton’s most decorated soldiers of the First World War.
As a sportsman, Jim joined Burton Leander Rowing Club in 1954 and was a key member and competitor during the most successful ten-year period in the club’s history. He was a member of the highly successful coxless four crew that won the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 1958.
He later became secretary, chairman and president of the club. He also served on the Burton Regatta Committee over the years as committee member, secretary and chairman,
He was appointed a Magistrate in 1970, and served on the Burton bench for 13 years.
He leaves a wife Margaret, and two sons, David and Jonathan.
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