Gould was a good person inside and out who stuck to his family's roots, and was always mining because he wanted to stay busy.
In the early hours of Tuesday, residents of Bates Crescent in Whitehorse were awakened by the devastating explosion which completely destroyed a building.
While the cause of the explosion is yet unknown, 77 years old David Gould, has been confirmed dead as per a Facebook communication by Ashley Lewis, Gould’s granddaughter. Gould died while sleeping in his bedroom damaged by the explosion which destroyed the house next to his.
According to relatives, Gould is remembered as a long-time Dawson City-area placer miner who was dedicated to his family.
Ashley Lewis describes her grandfather as a true Yukoner, who puts his family first and the most selfless, loving person she knew. She said Gould's wife, Linda who is completely fine, was also home at the time of the explosion, but had gotten up to use the washroom and escaped uninjured.
Gemma McIntyre-Gould, a family member, said Gould was a good person inside and out who stuck to his family's roots, and was always mining because he wanted to stay busy.
Timothy Preston, home owner of the exploded house is currently receiving medical attention for his severe injury following the explosion.
The City of Whitehorse Mayor Laura Cabott said more than a dozen homes in the neighbourhood were affected, as the damage is widespread in the Riverdale neighbourhood.
Residents surrounding the incident are asked to respect the privacy of those impacted by the tragic incident, and are welcome to contact the RCMP on 867-667-5555 with any information that might aid the smooth process of this investigation.