Tribute to Mr. Matt Goyette
After you submit your Tribute to Mr. Goyette, if you would like to make a donation in Mr. Goyette's honor, go to The Goyette Scholarship Fund.
From Samantha Ahwah '09
Mr. Goyette told me early on when I began his AP English IV class in my senior year at BMHS, that I was too safe with my writing, that I shouldn't be afraid to make waves, and that I should explore with it and go with the feeling. I think about this now in my graduate school Art Therapy program, everytime I sit down to write a paper. He will be so missed. Rest in Paradise, Mr. Goyette. "What the eye does not see, the heart does not grieve over, does it?" ― Peter Shaffer (2011) Equus, Act 1, Scene 7
From Andrew John '85
"Mr. Goyette was an awesome educator and great leader. He quietly impacted me in such a positive way that those precious lessons stayed with me during every aspect of my career. My sincere condolences to his family. Gods Speed."
From Bryan Berthot '80
"Mr. Goyette was in his first year of teaching at McNamara (and I in my last year there) when I took an English literature course with him. He insisted that I elevate my game; in terms of my writing style and level of analysis, skills that I use to this day."
From Todd Mattingly '87
"Mr. Goyette was my favorite teacher. He truly cared for his students and inspired us to do our best. I knew him all 4 years and still look back to the impact he made on my years at BMHS 30 years later. God Bless!"
From Robert Alston '11
"Mr. Goyette was one of the nicest teachers at BMHS during my time there, but he was an even better person. His patience and passion for helping us grow as students and as people was amazing!"
From Kristi Devitt '98
"I was saddened to hear of Mr. Goyette's passing. He was an awesome individual, always laughing and smiling. One of my many favorite teachers. Rest In Peace."
From Barbara Cooke
"Live so as not to fear death. For those who live well in the world, death is not frightening but sweet and precious." – St. Rose of Viterbo
From Pete and Anna Cozzone
"Having met Mr. Goyette on several occasions while attending college with his son Tim, it is clear where Tim inherited his passion for learning and helping others. Mr Goyette's memory will live on in the minds and hearts of all of those he taught. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Pete & Anna Cozzone"
From Brian Horton '83
"Wow, I was just thinking of Mr. Goyette recently - my kids are reading Beowulf, and it reminded me of when I read it under Mr. Goyette, and how he had us memorize and recite the Lords Prayer in Olde English (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQVyol7N1Jo if you're interested! :-). I don't recall what year it was, but in the '79-'83 time-frame! So sorry to hear about his passing." Brian Horton
From Kathleen Purcell
"Dear Barbara, My heartfelt sympathy to you, Daniel, Nathan, and Timothy. I know you all must take great comfort in Matt's legacy as a beloved and inspired teacher. Bless you all. Kate"
From David Kasprzyk
"Unfortunately I could not make the prayer service for Mr. Goyette on December 8th. I was not a direct classroom student, although he was my principal. Mr. Goyette encouraged me to participate in the England exchange in 1994, which I was always be grateful for. He was always very engaging and concerning of my well being and progression in the classroom. I appreciated that he recognized me and my personality without me necessarily being his classroom student. I had many friends who were in his class and the impact he had on them I still hear and see today. Mr. Goyette as a principal was very fair and while we were expected to follow the rules, I also felt that he recognized at times when my friends and I were just being teenagers or kids and allowed us to enjoy the high school experience. The best years of my life are still to the day from 1992-1996 at McNamara under his leadership. He was a great man."
From Katherine Bacon
"Matt, you will be greatly missed, but your legacy lives on in all the minds and hearts you have touched."
From LaSandra M. Hayes
"An oasis of calm - A Sage of the age - A majestic presence - These are my reflections about Matt."
From Frank Neitzey
"GOD BLESS MATT GOYETTE AND ALL HE DID FOR BISHOP MCNAMARA HIGH SCHOOL."
From Kate Heneghan
"I could always count on Matt to give me praise and encouragement when he knew I needed it, a kick in the pants when he knew I needed it, and a bar of chocolate in my mail drawer when he knew I needed it."
From Dr. Robert Van der Waag
"Mr. Goyette was a beloved colleague and friend and I will always be grateful for his wisdom and guidance during my tenure here at Bishop McNamara. He was always available to talk and offer advice, which was so beneficial to me both as an administrator and teacher. He loved learning and I will miss our conversations about English Literature. May God bless Matt and his family during their time of need and let us remember with gratitude a fine man who gave so much to the Bishop McNamara community."
From Mr. Charles Shryock, IV
"I learned so much from Matt about how to be an educator, how to be confident, and also just how to be."
From Quinn Harris '88
"LOVE YA BUDDY!"
From Mercedes Brown '08
"Rest In Peace Mr. Goyette! I still remember to this day how inspirational and full-of-life your classroom was. May God be with your family during this time."
From Ryan Meczkowski
"I cherish all the conversations I used to have with Matt in the teacher's lounge at BMHS. He always provided an insight that was both sincere and profound, but at the core, reminded me not to take life so seriously. He was one of the most witty people I knew and never failed to make me laugh (even when he would spoil the endings of books or movies). Matt Goyette was a mentor to me, as well as many other young teachers, not just in education, but in life."
From Justin Rhim '10
"In high school I did not like English very much nor was I very good at it. I was naturally smart and things usually came easy to me so I got by on that alone. This all changed when I took Mr. Goyette's class in my senior year of high school. For the first in my life I thoroughly enjoyed reading and found a new sense of confidence in my English skills in general. This was because of the patience and passion Mr. Goyette had for the subject and for his student's success. It was an honor to have learned from him and I'd be exceedingly blessed if I were to ever have that much passion for a subject as he did English. He was a great teacher and an even better man and more importantly an inspiration to us all. May he rest in God's gracious peace."
From Nicole Wellington Thompson '06
"Mr. Goyette was one of my favorite teachers during my time at McNamara. He made English class come alive everyday. He was a very kind man and was an extremely dedicated teacher."
From David Lindsey '95
"Mr. Goyette was kind hearted and a gentleman. As principal during my years at McNamara ('92-'95) I watched him guide the transition and union with LaReine and McNamara into one school with grace and compassion. The way he lead with humility is something that was inspiring and I'll never forget the impact that it had on my life."
From Dr. Marco Clark '85
"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."
From the Cuellar Family
"Matt Goyette has touched so many lives here at Bishop McNamara - the faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni. We were blessed to have him in our midst. I am sad he is gone, but thankful to have known him. I saw him just recently at the faculty/staff retreat and gave him a big hug. Little did I know, that was my last Mr. Goyette hug. RIP, Mr. Goyette."