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Gordon Paul Goyette

August 28, 1938 — January 3, 2023

West Chester, PA

Gordon Paul Goyette

Gordon Paul Goyette, 84, of West Chester, PA, formerly of Bryn Mawr, PA, and Winchendon, MA, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on January 3, 2023.  Born in Worcester, MA he was the son of Nelson and Irene Goyette (nee Upton)

Gordon is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Nina J Goyette (nee Vaughan), his children, Virginia DeYoung (Robert), Deborah N McKee (Todd), G Scott Goyette (Rebecca).  He is also survived by his 9 adoring grandchildren: Robert DeYoung (Tricia), Amanda DeSimone (Matthew), Kimberly Young (Michael), Lindsey Hughes (Francis), Timothy DeYoung, Kelly McKee, Matthew McKee, Sammi Goyette, and Shaun Goyette, and 10 great-grandchildren: Hailey, Savannah, Peyton, Vincent, Avery, Reagan, Stetson, Teagan, Cameron, and Theodore, and many nieces and nephews.

Gordon had 11 siblings Charlie Upton (dec), Ronald Goyette, David Goyette, Nancy Goyette (dec), Basil Goyette (dec), Bruce (dec), Sharon Uusitalo, Gary Goyette (dec), Gail Bills, Mark Manseau, and Scott Manseau, and brother-in-law, Edward M. and Deborah M. Vaughan.

Gordon enjoyed growing up with his large family in Winchendon, Massachusetts.  He enjoyed playing football and other games with his friends and family on the Commons of Old Centre Massachusetts. He played football for Murdock High School and worked at Toy Town Tavern. His career in hotels brought him to the Treadway Inn in Vero Beach FL and St. Davids, PA.  This led to a 23 year career at the Marriott Hotel in Bala Cynwyd, PA.  When the Bala Cynwyd Marriott closed, he became the owner/operator of a Pepperidge Farm bread route for 20 years.

He spent time serving his country in the US Army and Army Reserves.

Gordon’s favorite thing was spending time with his family, supporting them and cheering them on.  He was president of the Lawrence Park Swim Team for two years.  He coached little league football with his brother Basil for 2 years.  He took pleasure in playing golf, pickleball, table tennis, biking, swimming, and kayaking. Music played a big part in life so he sang in several Barbershop Quartets, and played harmonica, concertina, and trombone.  He loved watching Nascar racing, the PGA, and John Wayne movies. Many family vacations were spent in Cape May, NJ, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Maine.

Many considered Gordon a kind, gentle man who loved unconditionally.  He had an amazing sense of humor and was known for his “Goyette Puns” aka “Goyette Jokes”.

For the past ten years he struggled with Parkinson’s Disease.  He fought a good fight, continuing to exercise even when the going got tough.  His determination and commitment to his wife and family kept him going as his health declined. Despite his condition, he always had a sunny outlook. 

He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him and will be remembered fondly.  His legacy will live on in his family and friends.  We will love you always Gordon/Dad/Pepe.

Relatives and friends are invited to Gordon's Visitation 3:00-4:30 PM Saturday, January 7, 2023 at The Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382, 610-431-9000, followed by his Funeral Service at 4:30 PM. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Hailey's Heroes, https://www.gofundme.com/f/hcp45-haileys-heroes, Parkinson's Foundation, parkinson.org, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or to the American Lung Association, https://www.lung.org/, P.O. Box 756, Osceola, WI 54020, would be appreciated.

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Saturday, January 7, 2023

3:00 - 4:30 pm (Eastern time)

The Donohue Funeral Home - West Chester

1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382

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Saturday, January 7, 2023

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1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382

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