Clifton Elwood Gould Jr., 50, cabinet maker


Clifton Elwood Gould Jr., a self-employed cabinet maker and guitar player, died of liver disease Sunday at Sinai Hospital. He was 50.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Edmondson Village area, he was a 1973 graduate of Northwestern High School, where he was a member of the varsity wrestling team.

Mr. Gould operated a cabinetry and furniture-making business out of his West North Avenue home.

Family members said he taught himself to play the electric guitar. He admired the style of Jimi Hendrix and the Isley Brothers, and spent many hours learning their techniques. He played in a band with his brother Bryon Gould and several friends at cabaret parties.

He was active in Christ Edmondson United Methodist Church youth programs. He played on the church's basketball, baseball and football teams as a young man. Mr. Gould was a former Cub Scout and Boy Scout. He had been active in martial arts and had a yellow belt in karate. More recently, he was a tenpin bowler.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Christ Edmondson, 3600 Edmondson Ave.

In addition to his brother, survivors include a son, Tony McNeely; his father, Clifton Elwood Gould Sr.; two other brothers, Derek Gould and Kendall Gould; two sisters, Cheryl Gould and Pamela Gould; and four grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

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