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DEATH OF ARCHDEACON GOULD.

SUDDEN DEMISE YESTERDAY. • At an early hour yesterday morning tho painful discovery was made that Archdeacon ijoukl, who has been vicar of St. Paul's Cathedral for a number years, had died suddenly at his' resilience iu Stuart street. On entering the dining room about a quarter past 7 the maid iound the Archdeacon face downwards on the floor with a chair, from which he* had apparently fallen forward, lying on top of him. Dr Evans was called in at once, but could only pronounce life to be extinct. Archdeacon Gould, who was 63 years of age, appeared always tp enjoy the best of Jiealth, and had not re ceived medical attention for soirie years. The coroner will hold an inquest to-day. HIS LIFE AND WORK. 'I'he Ven. Henry George Gould, vicar of St. Paul's Cathedral and Archdeacon -of Dunedin, was born in Wolverhampton, England, in 1851, and was educated at Maidstone Grammar School. He arrived in Lyttelton in 1873 by the ship Cardigan Castle, studied theology at Christ's Coljege, Christchurch, and was ordained deacon in 1874, and priest in 1877. He was married in 1878 to a daughter of Mr Thomas Cane, of Christchurch. He held live cures in the diocese of Christchurch, being curate 'of Malvern from 1874-1876, vicar of Woodend 1878-1883, vicar of Leithfield 1878-1883, vicar of Hokitika 1883-1883, and vicar of Lincoln 1888-1890. In 1890 he became vicar of St. Luke's, Oamaru, and Archdeacon of Oamaru in 1897. In 1938 he was appointed vicar of St. Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, canon of St. Paul's in 1909, and was collated to the archdeaconry of Dunedin in December, 1913. Archdeacon Gould will long be remembered both in the dioceses of Christchurch and Dunedin. for his long and faithf-ul ministerial work. He has taken an active part in all the institutions of the Church, and in Oamaru was closely indentified with all the public activities ot that town and district. Since coming to Dunedin he has, naturally, been associated' with all the institutions of the diocese here, and amongst his own congregation, has been greatly beloved as pastor and friend. His kindly and sympathetic nature ei. J oared him to all who came under his benign influence, and his wide experience of life and broad outlook made him a valuable advisor and counsellor, especially to the young. Tempered by tact and kindliness his addresses frequently contained some gentle admonitions, and he was a fearless upholder of all the best and noblest traditions of Christianity. His familiar figure will bo much missed by all who knew ana respected him, while his true benevolence will long he recalled by many whom it has benefited. The signs of mourning in St. Paul's Cathedral on Sun day evening, and the unconcealed sorrow of the people were an evidence of how endeared tho Archdeacon must have been to numbers of persons to whom be has ministered during the long course of his pastorate. Archdeacon Gould was a member of the Obago Chess Club, and was one of the keenest and best-known players in the dominion. He was also associated with the Dunedin Athenaeum, and was a prominent member of the committee. ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL. IN MEMORIAM SERVICES. The services throughout the day at St. Paul's Cathedral were ''in memoriam" of the late Archdeacon Gould. The service at 11 o'clock was taken by the Primate and Archdeacon Woodthorpe. It consisted of matuns, with special psalms, lessons, and hymns up to tho third collect, and was followed by special prayers and intercessions, At the close of the service the " Dead March " was played' by the organist. At the evening service there was a very large congregation, and the service was very roverently sung. It consisted of evensong to the third collect, with special hymns, psalms, and lessons, and was followed by special prayers and intercessions. The anthem was "Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect, Peace." The service was taken by tho Ven. Archdeacon Woodthorpe, M.A., who preached from Rev. xiv, v. 13: " Blessed are the dead whicih die in the Lord': even so saifcli the spirit; for they rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." In the course of his sermon he spoke of the mystery of death, and of the working out in human life, both individual and collective, of the eternal purpose, which has its meaning only in God. By no act of analysis could the man of science penetrate the mystery, but the reflective thought of man, as it had found expression in tho reasoned conviction of the greatest minds of the race rested firmly on tho belief, hi the life after death. This belief found its noblest expression in tho words of tho Redeemer: "I am the Resurrection and tho Life; ho that believeth in Me, though ho were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die." It rang out again and again in the language of religion,: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord: 1 believe in the lifo everlasting." The teaching of reason and religion was that'the faithful departed "lived unto God." They had entered into a higher state of consciousness. They lived under new relations. They lived in a state where the conditions of time and apace no longer prevailed. They had entered into the second stage of their conscious existence. They were members of a brotherhood larger and moro distinguished than that on oarth. They were of the number of the wisest and best, the, noblest and truest, the most cultured and the most saintly of human beings. They were in rest and peace; free from all liability to pain and possibility of sin. Such a state could not be imagined except in the symbolism of Scripture and the poetry of the Christian Church. The.y lived in tho higher life of Paradise, looking forward with dim or more certain expectation of the ultimate perfection of heaven. " Their works do follow them." It reminded them of two results: the formation of our individual character, and the nature of the influence wo exert on others. A person's life here left its impress upon his inner nature, it influenced also for good or evil the world around him. Every one's present self was a memorial before God and man of his own inner life and; work. Tho preacher then spoke of the 40 years' ministerial work of the late vicar; his long and faithful service in tho dioceses of Christchurch and Dunedin, and exprossod the sympathy of tho clergy with the widow, family, and congregation of St. Paul's in their sad bereavement.

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DEATH OF ARCHDEACON GOULD., Otago Daily Times, Issue 16190, 28 September 1914

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DEATH OF ARCHDEACON GOULD. Otago Daily Times, Issue 16190, 28 September 1914

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