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Glenn H. Gough

April 15, 2022

Glenn H. GoughGlenn H. Gough, 91, of Watertown passed away Good Friday, April 15, 2022, at Samaritan Summit Village where he had resided since September 17, 2021.

Glenn was born in Westport, NY May 29, 1930, son of Aubrey G. and Amy Curran Gough. He was a graduate of Westport Central High School and the School of Radio Technique, Radio City. He served in the US Army from February 7, 1951 to February 7, 1953.

Glenn had two loving marriages. On August 4, 1951 he married Sally Peets. She died December 5, 1988. Glenn married Maureen Nevins Woodell on August 9, 1992.

Glenn was a kind, loving. patient, and gentle man. He took great pleasure in meeting prople and listening to their stories. Gough was an iconic Watertown broadcaster and local TV celebrity, well known in this region as well as along the Canadian border. He had a distinguished career in television and public broadcasting. He was the Director of Programming for WPBS TV for 12 years. He particularly enjoyed hosting his own television shows, the North Country Sportsman and Cabin Country on Channel 7, Watertown's WWNY. Glenn covered hunting, fishing, and conservation on the program that aired over 700 episodes. He also moderated the Whiz Quiz, a game show for North Country high schoolers covering 32 districts. The Whiz Quiz is a salute to academic excellence of regional students aired on WPBS. The station created the Glenn Gough Championship Trophy to honor his 40 years hosting the show in 2020.

After retiring Glenn and Maureen traveled extensively. He created beautiful photo albums describing their travels, people they met and experiences they shared. The couple enjoyed socializing with many local friends. He played in the Mens Golf League at the Watertown Golf Club and enjoyed hunting with his good friend Duane Chalk. Gough was an avid gardener who planted beautiful rose and flower gardens. He was a communicant of Holy Family Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post 61 and the Jimmy Creek Club where he achieved honorary staus which exempted him from cooking duties.

Along with his wife, Maureen, he is survived by his son Steven Gough, Guilderland; three step daughters, Colleen Woodell, Long Island, Chris Freire, Glens Falls, and Andrea Woodell, West Linn, OR; five step-grandchildren; and two nieces and one nephew. Glenn was predeceased by his sister Erma Atwell, December 1999.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Thursday, April 21, from 4 - 6 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM at Holy Family Church on Friday, April 22 followed by burial in Brookside Cemetery. Face masks for the unvaccinated are requested by the family for the calling hours and funeral.

Donations in Glenn's name may be made to the Kelsey J. Poska Trust (his step granddaughter), 2293 SW Borland Rd., West Linn, OR 97068. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.

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#14 Susan Hawkins 2022-04-20 09:31
Steve, I'm so sorry about the loss of your Dad. He sounds like an amazing fellow! So many will miss him; all these condolence messages show what an influential guy he was.
I'll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts in this time of sorrow.
---sue h
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#13 Christine Mace 2022-04-19 12:12
My sincere sympathy hearing of Mr Gough’s death.
Over many years have watched him on many programs. I never met him but he always was respectful & presented the news/programmin g calmly. Felt he truly enjoyed Whiz Quiz!
A life well-lived
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#12 carol lamon 2022-04-18 21:05
Maureen, I'm so sorry to read about Glenn. He indeed was a great man. The two of you were well matched. God bless. You're in my prayers. Carol
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#11 DAVE GARDNER 2022-04-18 11:56
My deepest sympathies to Maureen and the entire family. Glenn was always adept at being "very professional" and at the same time, always "warm and friendly"! I know he will be missed by many!
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#10 John Penrose 2022-04-18 09:42
A true professional in the world of media communications, Glen was a highly respected and trusted individual. He always made those individuals he interacted with feel so at ease whether it be the high school students participating in Whiz Quiz or the hundreds of sport enthusiasts he entertained with his North Country Sportsman episodes. He is truly an icon in northern New York; a man who has served as a role model for so many. My deepest sympathy to the family. I hope that all of your wonderful memories with Glen help to brighten your days ahead.
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#9 James Doolittle 2022-04-18 08:59
HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED AT HIGHLAND MEADOWS GOLF CLUB OUR CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY
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#8 Noel Longton 2022-04-18 01:44
Met Glen on several occasions here in the north country and he always had a smile and kind things to say about the community. He was a real addition for the area and will be missed by all who knew him.
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#7 Deborah Twyman 2022-04-17 19:30
My condolences to the family of Mr. Gough. I met him when I was an advisor to Potsdam High School Whiz Quiz team when it first began. He was a nice and mad3 the kids feel welcome and comfortable on the set.
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#6 Lewis Kibling 2022-04-17 17:40
My condolences to Maureen and family on the passing of Glenn. He was a good man and friend. We had a lot of fun our last few years of playing golf. He will be greatly missed.
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#5 William Tinsley 2022-04-16 22:04
I had the pleasure and privilege to know Glenn as a friend and colleague at Public Television. It was a true honor to work with such a genuinely decent and professional human being, who possessed and shared his wonderful sense of humor. I know he will be extremely missed by all who knew and loved him. My deepest condolences to Maureen and his family.
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