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In Memory of

Carroll A. Gouger

May 5, 1923 - August 21, 2017

Obituary


Carroll A. "Pete" Gouger, age 94 passed away peacefully on Monday, August 21. Predeceased by his loving wife Eleanor this past Easter, they shared more than 70yrs of marriage.

Pete was born in North Pownal, Vt., the oldest of 4 children. At the urging of the Drury High School Baseball coach, the family moved to N. Adams, Ma., to further his baseball prowess. While at Drury, Pete also excelled at basketball, served two years as class president, and upon graduation was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing in their minor league system...

Carroll A. "Pete" Gouger, age 94 passed away peacefully on Monday, August 21. Predeceased by his loving wife Eleanor this past Easter, they shared more than 70yrs of marriage.

Pete was born in North Pownal, Vt., the oldest of 4 children. At the urging of the Drury High School Baseball coach, the family moved to N. Adams, Ma., to further his baseball prowess. While at Drury, Pete also excelled at basketball, served two years as class president, and upon graduation was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing in their minor league system until the farm club folded due to WWII.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps becoming a navigator on B-17's. In November, 1943, he was assigned to the 8th Air Forces 401st Bomb Group in the U.K. After 11 missions over Germany, Pete's plane, "Doolittle's Doughboys" , was shot down February 20, 1944. Captured by the Germans, he spent 15 months as a POW in Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany.

Pete and Ellie married on August 26, 1946 in N. Adams, Ma. They relocated to the Boston area where Pete attended Bentley College, graduating in 1949 with a degree in Accounting. Not only good with numbers, he also had a talent for sales, working many years with the Burroughs Corp. out of their New Haven, Ct., sales office. He developed a knack for the fledgling computer industry, working as a Systems Analyst in the Banking and Hospital accounting areas for years.

Loving all things Cape Cod, they moved to Barnstable full time in 1974.Pete pursued his hobbies of golf, and fly fishing before and after retiring in 1988. Both active members of St Mary's Church in Barnstable, they gave much time and effort to the Cape Irish Children's Program. Pete was also an active member of Trout Unlimited and the Retired Men's Club of Cape Cod.

Pete is survived by his two sons, Charles A. and wife Amy L. Gouger of W. Barnstable, and William R. and wife Tracy E. Gouger of Denver, Co, along with 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

A public joint memorial service will be held Saturday, September 30th at 2pm at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Barnstable.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in their memories to Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, 355 Main St., P.O. Box 395, Barnstable, Ma. 02630