St. Patrick's Church Wildfield is adorned with stained glass windows behind the altar that were installed in commemoration of Eliza and Alexander Gough. Their names are placed at the bottom of each stained glass in their honour.
The obituaries for Eliza and Alexander Gough as published at the time of their passing are reprinted below.
Eliza (nee: McMAHON)
1824 in Abbeyleix, Queens County (Laios Co.), Ireland Died: 19 Aug
1891 in Peterborough, Ontario
Thursday, August 27, 1891.--Death ofMI'S. Gough.-With sincere regret
we announce the death of Mrs. Eliza Gough, wife of our old and
esteemed friend, Mr. Alexander [sic.] Gough, of Kleinberg. The sad
event happened on Wednesday, August 19th, at Peterborough, where Mrs.
Gough had latterly resided with her family. She was ill for about two
weeks; but till within a few days of her death nothing serious in her
condition was apprehended. From the first hour of her illness,
however, she had prepared herself for the solemn change from time to
eternity. A devout Catholic all her life, she had early learned to
bear her cross with fortitude; and when she received the final
summons, she bowed in pious resignation to the Divine Will, and
yearned for the blissful rest beyond the grave. And tenderly was she
cared in her last moments. His Lordship Bishop O'Connor made frequent
calls; and the Priests of St. Peter's were unremitting in their
attentions--Father Dube evincing a tenderness and solicitude rare
even in one of his holy calling. The good nuns were also constantly
in attendance at the bedside of the sufferer, consoling and
sustaining her till the vital spark had fled. Her death was most
edifying. Surrounded by an affectionate family and loving friends,
her pure soul passed peacefully to its reward.
Gough (whose maiden name was McMahon) was born in the Queen's Co.,
Ireland, in 1824. When eleven years old she came with her mother to
Canada and settled at the Gore of Toronto. In 1845 she married, and
for nearly half a century enjoyed all the blessings of happy wedded
life. Her husband was all that could be desired as a partner of her
joys and sorrows. He was upright, thrifty, and devotedly attached to
his wife and children. Of the latter there were ten-seven sons
and three daughters. Of the sons five survive: Bernard, now in
business at Brantford; E. D., of Toronto, Gus and Richard, of
Peterborough; and Charles, who resides in North Carolina, U.S. The
daughters are: Mrs. T. J.
of Guelph; Mrs. 1.
of Stratford; and Miss Mary Gough. The chief care of the mother of
this large family was to rear them as she herself had been reared, as
practical Catholics and set before them examples of honesty and
purity that would never be forgotten. She was a woman possessed of
sound judgment and her counsel was seldom at fault. Generous and
charitable, she had often relieved those in need; while her goodness
of heart and grace of disposition had made her home and its
surroundings attractive and agreeable to friend and stranger alike.
remains were taken to the family burial ground at the Gore of Toronto
and laid beside beloved ones departed. Rev. Fathers McSpirit and
Whitney administering the last sad rites of the death. To Mr. Gough
and his family we offer our sympathy, which is felt by all who had
known and admired the virtues of the deceased. May her soul rest in
1819 in Kingston, Ontario
30 Apr 1896 in Kleinberg, Vaughan Township, York West County, Ontario
4 May 1896 in Ebenezer United Cemetery, Kleinberg Family Plot,
Toronto Gore Twp., Peel County, Ontario
Peterborough, Friday, May 1, 1896. -- DEATH
OF MR. ALEXANDER GOUGH-An Old and Highly Respected Canadian Passes
Away. -- Last
night at the family residence, 379 Hunter street, Mr. Alexander
Gough, father of our well known citizens, Messrs. R. P. and A. J.
departed this life after a somewhat protracted illness. The deceased
had not been in good health since an attack of inflammation of the
lungs last fall, but, though he apparently recovered, the infirmities
of advancing age affected his weakened constitution and death came as
stated last night. Mr. Gough, at the time of his death, was in his
77th year, having been born at Kingston in 1819. There he remained
till about the age of 26 years, when he removed to Kleinberg, York
County, where he carried on a large cooperage business and stave
factory. Incidentally, during his business career, engaging in
lumbering in the Parry Sound District. Five years ago Mr. Gough
retired from active business and removed to Peterborough, where
shortly after Mrs. Gough died. Mr. Gough was married about 49 years
ago to Miss Eliza McMahon, and to this union were born ten
children--seven boys and three girls. Of these the latter are all
living - Mrs. T. J.
Guelph; Mrs. J.
Stratford, and Miss Mary Gough.
surviving sons are Mr. E. D. Gough, Belleville; Mr. B. J.
Lindsay; Mr. Charles A. Gough, Old Point Comfort, Virginia, and
Messrs. A. J.
R. P. Gough, of Peterborough.
Gough was a gentleman whose qualities of character, won him the
highest respect of the community in which he passed over half a
century of his life. He was a native of Canada, and took great pride
in his nationality, and was active and earnest in promoting the
interests of his country. He was of a quiet and retiring disposition
and did not seek positions of public prominence. In the township of
Vaughan, where he resided, he was repeatedly presented with
influential requisitions asking him to be a candidate for the
Reeveship, but he declined to enter public life. He was a most
pronounced Reformer--one of the advanced types who are sometimes
called "Grits." He was a faithful reader of the Globe and
was a subscriber from the time of its establishment. He was an active
worker in the cause of Reform, and was for several years president of
the Reform Association of Vaughan, and was in every way active in
promoting the principles he so strongly held. Mr. Gough also took a
prominent part in services of his country during the troublesome
times of 1837·38. He shouldered his musket and served under Col.
Hamilton till the close of the troubles. He was young then, and
though he sympathized with the aspirations of those who were aiming
to secure responsible government, he did not sympathize with their
methods and was faithful to constituted authority. The rest of his
life was spent in earnest endeavors to give the county the best
results of the blessings that came from the establishment of
responsible government. He always had a patriotic pride in being a
Canadian and in the fact that he had had the honour of wearing the
Queen's uniform. He lived a life that brought him the highest respect
and esteem of all who knew him, whether they agreed with or opposed
his political opinions.
funeral will take place from the family residence, 379 Hunter street,
on Monday morning to the C. P. R. station, at 4.42, and thence to
Kleinberg, [sic.] where interment will be made in the family burial