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Beloved BMHS teacher, administrator - Mr. Matthew Goyette - has passed away
Posted 11/30/2017 03:06PM


A letter from our President/CEO, Dr. Marco J. Clark '85:


Mr. Matthew Goyette, BMHS teacher and administrator has passedDear Bishop McNamara Family, Friends and Community Members,

It is with great sadness that I reach out to you today. We learned this morning that beloved faculty member Mr. E. Matthew Goyette, has passed away.

Mr. Goyette began teaching at Bishop McNamara in 1978 – he was so favored by his students that the 1982 yearbook was dedicated to him. He was one of the most influential teachers to grace the classrooms of Bishop McNamara High School. He taught his students far more than academic studies; in true Holy Cross fashion, he educated the hearts of his students and helped them flourish into kind and dedicated members of their communities. His influence was so powerful, that it inspired one anonymous alumnus to create our Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence in his name.

Mr. Goyette was renowned for his patience, courage, joyfulness, conviction, knowledge and humility. It is these qualities that are the true hallmark of a Bishop McNamara High School teacher – it is these qualities that work towards the education of the minds and hearts of our students.

I too was a student of Mr. Goyette's. From tackling Milton's Paradise Lost to the follies of Canterbury Tales, discovering the Grendel in each of us through Beowulf, being a member of King Arthur's Knights of the Roundtable or bringing Shakespeare to life, Mr. Goyette inspired in so many of us a love of literature, and appreciation for story, and a hope-filled future for times better than these. During his tenure here he was a moderator, coach, prefect and served as principal for eight years. The title that he cherished the most, however, was to be called teacher.

It pains me very much to hear of his passing, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time. Mr. Goyette was a renowned and respected member of his Bishop McNamara family, and he will never be forgotten. As we learn more about his funeral arrangements, we will be certain to share them (see arrangements below).

Mr. Goyette is in a better place now, and we most certainly will meet again. I have no doubt that he is resting in peace, and as the prophet Daniel wrote, those who teach justice will shine the stars in the heavens.

Many will remember that one of his most beloved poems was Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken. It is a poem that has influenced many a Bishop McNamara student. I look to that poem now in particular as a comfort.

St. Andre Bessette, pray for us; Blessed Father Moreau, pray for us.


Dr. Marco Clark '85

Prayer Service for Mr. E. Matthew Goyette

Bishop McNamara High School will be hosting a prayer service for the Goyette family this Friday, December 8th at 1 p.m. in the main gymnasium. A reception will follow in the Andy Mona Student Center. Faculty, staff, friends and members of the Bishop McNamara community are invited to attend. Parking will be available in the main parking lot, at Mt. Calvary and in the Union Lot. (The viewing and funeral services will be private for the family only.) We are asking that you let us know if you will be attending the service and/or the reception at Prayer Service for Mr. Goyette.

In lieu of flowers, the Goyette family has requested that donations be made to the Goyette Scholarship Fund at Bishop McNamara High School. Please make your donations at The Goyette Scholarship Fund.

The Class of 1982 dedicated the yearbook to Mr. GoyetteRobert Frost's The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


Video from our archives of Mr. Matthew Goyette: My Proudest Moment at Bishop McNamara High School

Mr. E. Matthew Goyette -Teacher, Leader, Friend

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