Family News

Alex Neve named to Order of Canada

Alex Neve, husband of Patricia Goyeche, of Ottawa, ON has been appointed to the country's highest civilian honour. Mr. Neve, who is Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada, was named an Officer in 2007, the second-highest Order of Canada category, for his leadership in human rights nationally and internationally. In an interview, Alex said when he found out he was being named an Officer of the Order of Canada he felt honoured, overwhelmed and humbled that the work he has done is being respected and celebrated. He said his three young children were excited to see their dad on the same list with their heroes like Walter Gretzky, father of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, and pro basketball star Steve Nash. Alex and Patricia have three children. They include Brennan (13), Sean-Daniel (11) and Selina (8) (see family photo). Pat is the daughter of the late Charles Raymond Goyeche and his wife Juliette of Toronto, ON.

Four family members complete


An unprecedented four Goyetche family members completed the 2007 Ironman Canada Triathlon in Penticton, BC on August 26th. They included Chris Goyetche of Calgary, AB who finished in 14 hours 10 minutes 48 seconds; Marieka Goyetche, also of Calgary, AB who completed the course in 14 hours 45 minutes 27 seconds; and husband and wife Brett & Dana Phillips. Dana's time was 12 hours 33 minutes 47 seconds and Brett finished in 12 hours 6 minutes 55 seconds. Dana is the daughter of Bev (Goyetche) Tanner of Halifax, NS. Competitors in the Ironman Canada are required to swim a 2.4 mile course, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and then run a 26.2 mile marathon. The following is an article that appeared in the Gloucester Daily Times on July 4, 2005.

Former teachers, family gather to

honor Doris Goyetche

ESSEX -- As her former co-workers and family members gathered in a circle around the simple wooden bench placed on the front lawn of Essex Elementary School on Thursday, both tears and laughter flowed as each shared a memory of the late teacher Doris Goyetche. "I want to say, if Doris were alive, she would be polyurethaning this right now," said Doris' sister, Norma Munroe, as she touched the bench. "And God help the boy who tries to put his initials on this." Goyetche was a science teacher in Essex for 32 years before her retirement in 1990. She died at 74 after a battle with cancer last May and her friends and family members wanted to place a memorial to her years of service in the place she loved to teach. "We wanted something here at the school we could see," said Connie Perrigo, one of the organizers of the dedication. "There's a plaque that's coming for the bench. It will say, 'In loving memory of Doris Goyetche, teacher extraordinaire, 1958 to 1990.” Dot Presutti, who came up with the idea for a memorial bench, helped raise money for dedication. "I knew her from Gloucester High School, and that was back in the 1940s," said Presutti, a close friend of Goyetche's and the school librarian for more than 14 years. "I think she just meant the world to this school and to me, and I didn't want her memory to fade." Presutti said her fondest memory of her late friend was when her own daughter told Goyetche what she wanted for her birthday, either a tennis racket or a 10-speed bike. "She (Goyetche) went home and found a tennis racket and gave it to her," Presutti said. "And then she told my daughter, 'Go home and tell your mother you want that bike.' That's just the way Doris did things." Retired second-grade teacher Carolyn Cassidy said when she first began teaching at the school she was initially afraid of Goyetche, who stood 6-feet but always insisted she was 5-foot-9. "She was kind of an imposing figure, and she was definitely a rule follower," she said. Cassidy said she actually had to swallow her gum -- after school -- because she was so afraid of what Goyetche might do to her if she found out she was chewing it. She loved sports too, said her nephew David Munroe, who learned to play basketball from his aunt. "She had the fiercest elbows," he said, adding that the timing of the ceremony could not have been better because it followed the championship winning season of her beloved Red Sox. "I'll always remember her coming downstairs and saying, 'The Red Flops did it again,'" he said.

Fondly Remembered

The Goyetche Family Genealogy

Chris Goyetche & partner cited for


The following story appeared in the Calgary and Toronto Sun newspapers on January 23, 2012. Noting the bravery of two Calgary cops who risked their lives to save four others, a city judge on Monday sentenced a man to four years for arson. “But for the bravery of these two police officers and their instant actions, it is highly likely there would’ve been a catastrophic loss of life in this case,” provincial court Judge Harry Van Harten said. “The phrase ‘they barely made it out alive,’ aptly describes the tenants, their pets and the police officers, because the house was fully engulfed when the fire department arrived.” Const. Mark Reast and Const. Chris Goyetche raced into a three-unit condo complex last Sept. 14, when they became aware the building was on fire. Reast was able to break into the top floor unit where he was able to rescue the female occupants who had taken refuge in the bathroom, while Goyetche helped a woman and her elderly mother flee the basement suite. Edward Allan Tallmadge had set the blaze after a dispute two hours earlier with his girlfriend, Brenda Hartzler, who had left after police showed up. Soon after Hartzler and the initial responders had left, Tallmadge, 41, who shared the main floor suite with his girlfriend, began throwing her furniture outside. Alma Leyva, one of the two upstairs neighbours, stepped outside and witnessed Tallmadge’s display of anger and was threatened by him. “You are next, bitch, I’m going to set the house on fire,” he told her. When officers arrived to a second disturbance complaint they found Tallmadge leaning against a backyard fence drinking a beer. Police were initially unaware of the blaze until Tallmadge told them they should call the fire department because his girlfriend had set the home on fire and they noticed smoke.

Chris & Susan welcome new son

Chris & Susan Goyetche of Cochrane, AB announce the birth of their son Samuel James on September 13, 2015. Sam’s big sister is Emma Kaitlyn and the proud grandparents are Darryl and Suzanne Goyetche, also of Cochrane.

Schiller named to Hall of Fame

Two of the fastest men on turf entered the Rochester Knighthawks Hall of Fame on April 30, 2016. Chris Schiller, whose wife is Jennifer (Goyetche) Schiller (daughter of Gerald & Lynda Goyetche), and teammate Pat McCready became only the seventh and eighth defensemen to receive the honor. During their days in Rochester, the duo combined to play 18 seasons and contributed to the franchise’s first three championships. Chris and Jennifer now make their home in Fort Mill, South Carolina with daughters Bryn, Aubrie and Brooklyn.

Chris & Julie welcome new addition

Chris, Julie & big brother Nathaniel Bartkow of Bathurst, NB welcomed Alexei Nicolas to the world on July 12, 2016. He is a 3rd grandson for Glenda (Goyetche) Bartkow of Halifax. Little Alexei will celebrate his birthday with great great grandfather Jimmy Goyetche of Petit de Grat, NS and uncle Ken Goyetche of Halifax, NS.

Simon Goyetche spearheads

Socktober Campaign

Simon Goyetche, son of the late Bob Goyetche & Cathy Bobkowicz of Montreal, QC, is getting some well-deserved recognition. Thirteen year old Simon, a grade 8 student at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, was recently featured in a CBC TV news report about his Socktober Drive. Now in its third year, Simon spearheaded the campaign to collect socks for homeless youth. Through his efforts, the initiative has grown to include five schools and is aiming for 5,000 pairs of socks this year. Simon is hoping to get even more schools involved in the future.

Schiller named assistant coach

US Lacrosse has announced the assistant coaches and support staff for the 2019 U.S. men’s national indoor team. Peter Milliman (Cornell University) and Chris Schiller, who was also an assistant for the 2015 U.S. indoor team, have been selected as assistant coaches. They will be led by Regy Thorpe (Syracuse University), who in February was named head coach of Team USA, and will guide the team in pursuit of a gold medal at the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC), Sept. 19-28, 2019, in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Assistant coach Chris Schiller is married to Jennifer (Goyetche) Schiller (daughter of Gerald & Lynda Goyetche). He is a past member of the U.S. indoor (2007, 2011) and outdoor (2010) teams, brings a wealth of crossover experience to the staff.

Juliette Marguerite Goyeche

Passed away October 27, 2018, at 92 in Toronto peacefully with family at her side. Home maker and retired control & accounting staff member at Sealtest Dairies and Holt Renfrew, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and community volunteer. She is survived by her loving children, Dr. Laurie Goyeche, DC, Stephen Goyeche (Ann Seymour), Robert Goyeche (Nola Grimes) and Patricia Goyeche (Alex Neve); grandchildren, Brennan Neve, Sean-Daniel Neve, Selina Neve and Julia Hill; and sister, Moyra Angerstein and her family. Joseph Raymond Goyetche It is with great sadness the family of Joseph Goyetche, husband of the late Dorothy Goyetche of Bathurst, NB announces his passing on Tuesday October 17th, 2017 at the Chaleur Regional Hospital after a brief illness. Born November 17, 1921 in Arichat, NS, he worked for many years as a miner in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ontario and retired at Brunswick Mines. He was a veteran in the Second World War with the Carleton York Regiment and Cape Breton Highlanders. He is survived by two children: Brenda Fraser (Gord) of Little Current, Ont. and Ronald Goyetche (Chopper) of Bathurst. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret White of Nova Scotia. He was predeceased by twelve siblings.

Charles H. Goyetche

Charles Goyetche of Boston, formerly of Everett, died unexpectedly on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at his residence. He was only 58 years old. Charlie was a graduate of Pope John XXIII High School in Everett. In 1992 he was elected to the Everett Common Council, a position he held until 1994. Charlie worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Corrections for over 8 years. And before Charlie retired he was employed by Local 223, Laborers' Union for many years. Beloved son of the late Bridget (Kerins) and Henry C. Goyetche. Dear and devoted brother of John and his wife, Helen of York, ME, the late Thomas and his surviving wife, Maureen of Everett, Andrew and his wife Colleen of Saugus, Pamela Fialli and her husband, Mark of N. Reading, Ann Marie and Vernon of Everett. Charlie was the loving uncle of Reaha, John, Adelle, Madison and Travis Goyetche, and Stephen, Jennifer and Michael Fialli. Ronald Frederick Goyetche Ronald Goyetche, age 76, passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at home. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Fred and Estelle (Fougere) Goyetche. He was employed for many years as an air traffic controller and later manager at Transport Canada and NAV Canada until his retirement. Ronald is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Lynda, two sons, Floyd (Kathy), Michael (Denise), daughter, Melinda (Russell) Beakhouse; his grandchildren, Scott, Meaghan and Sarah; brothers, Kenneth (Barb) and Paul; sisters, Marilyn (John) Patton and Donna (Allan) Fancy, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Shirley (Goyetche) Anderson

Age 81, of East Chezzetcook, NS, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, surrounded by family. Shirley was born in Halifax to the late Wilfred and Mary (Arsenault) Goyetche. She grew up with her four brothers in Cheticamp, later moving to Halifax where she worked in the retail industry for several years. A loving wife, caring mother and friend of many, she had a passion for family, music and her community. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we say goodbye, but move forward knowing we have been blessed having her in our lives. She never seemed to grow tired of giving, and our lives have become something beautiful because of how much love she shared with us all. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Donald; children, Darlene Romo (Donald), Debbie Doucette (Wade), Darren Anderson (Lisa); grandchildren, Blake, Gillian, Devon, Chad, Colton, Kendra, Renee; great-grandchildren, Chloe and Rylee; brothers, Clarence, Gerald, Arthur. She was predeceased by her brother, Raymond. Henry Goyetche Henry C. Goyetche of Everett, MA entered into rest on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Artis Senior Living in Reading. He was 89 years old. Henry was born in Petit De Grat, NS and lived in Everett for most of his life. Henry was a retired firefighter for the City of Everett, protecting and serving the residents of the city for over 30 years. Beloved husband of the late Bridget (Kerins) Goyetche. Dear and devoted father of John and his wife Helen of York, ME; Ann-Marie of Everett; Charles of Boston; the late Thomas and his surviving wife Maureen of Everett; Andrew and his wife Colleen of Saugus; Pamela Fialli and her husband Mark of North Reading; and Vernon of Everett. Henry was predeceased by nine brothers and sisters. Henry was a loving grandfather of Reaha, John, Adelle, Madison and Travis Goyetche and Stephen, Jennifer and Michael Fialli. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. 

Francis Gail Goyetche

Francis Gail Goyetche of Massey,ON passed away at the Espanola Regional Hospital on May 4, 2017 at the age of 65. Dear daughter of Russell & Mary (nee Gamble) Hobden (both predeceased). Beloved wife of the late Raymond Goyetche (2011). Loving mother of Michael (wife Angela) of Orleans and Jamie of Massey. Cherished grandmother of Charlotte and Matthew. Dear sister of Ron Hobden (wife Elaine) of Wainwright, Alberta. Ellen Jordan (husband David) of Massey, Robert Hobden (wife Claire) of Lively, Judy Noon (husband Bill) of Espanola and the late Raymond (wife Pauline) of Whitefish.

Thomas P. Goyetche

Thomas “Tommy” Goyetche of Everett, MA died suddenly on March 21, 2017 at age 53. Beloved husband of Maureen (Burns). Son of Henry and the late Bridget (Kerin) of Everett. Loving brother of John and his wife Helen, Ann Marie, Charles, Andrew and his wife Colleen, Pamela Fialli and her husband Mark and Vernon. Also survived by his beloved cat Brady. Tom will missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was an Everett Police Officer for 28 years and a member of Somerville City Club.

Dorothy Goyetche

Mrs. Dorothy Goyetche, 92, wife of Joseph Goyetche of Princess Dr., Bathurst, NB, passed away February 23, 2017, at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. Born in Pondville, NS, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Emma (DeRoache) Marchand. Besides her husband, she is survived by two children:  Brenda Fraser (Gord) of Little Current, ON and Ronald "Chopper" of Bathurst. Three sisters:  Marie Peters (Ron) of Bracebridge, ON, Lorraine Doyle (Hubert) of Pondville, Cape Breton and Marjorie Ambrose (Ron) of Red Deer, AB.  Several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by two brothers, Jerry (Delrose) and Bernard.

Mary Eleanor Goyetche

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Eleanor (Pitchoune) Goyetche, 85, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister on Saturday, December 17, 2016 with her loving family by her side at the Richmond Villa in St. Peter’s. Born October 2, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Mary Barb (Marchand) Burns. She is survived by her son Wayne (Marie) daughter Jean Marie (Paul) and son John (Lori); grandchildren whom she adored, Janelle (Christian), Justin, Jonathan, Scott (Cheryl), Nelson, Joscelyn, Caleigh and Carter; great granddaughters; Callie and Sadie; sister, Irene and brothers Arthur and Joe. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband of 58 years Charles; sisters, May, Celina, Delta, Verona; brothers, Willie and Norman. Eleanor was a lifelong member of St. Louis Parish in Louisdale and a member of St. Louis CWL for over 50 years. She was a former Medical Receptionist for the local Physicians.

Robert (Bob) Goyetche

It's with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Robert (Bob) Goyetche on November 10, 2016 at the age of forty-seven. Beloved husband of Cathy Bobkowicz. Devoted father of Simon. He will be sadly missed by his mother Lisette Plourde (late George Goyetche), his sister Marie-Helen (Dan Waight) , his nephews Alex, Max, Aidan and his niece Chelsy as well as many relatives, friends, podcasters and hams.

Ernest E. Goyetche Jr.

Ernest E. Goyetche Jr., 40, died unexpectedly in Ridgecrest, CA on October 10, 2016. Born in Newburyport, MA on May 18, 1976 to Ernest E. Sr. and Carol Goyetche. He is survived by his beautiful children, Wade, Ty, and Raven Goyetche; his mother Carol (Malcolm) Goyetche; and his sister Julie Rose; many aunts, uncles, cousins; and his grandmother Mary Malcolm. Ernest, fondly nicknamed "EJ" (for Ernie Jr.) will be forever remembered for his love for his children, his wonderful sense of humor and quick witted jokes.

Norma (Goyetche) Munroe

Norma passed away on July 13, 2016 surrounded by her family after a short, sudden illness. Norma was born in Gloucester on July 14, 1934 to the late Thomas Wilfred Goyetche and Mary Alma "Emma" (Boudreau) Goyetche. She leaves her husband of 58 years, Alan Munroe and her children Alan Munroe Jr and wife Linda of Hudson, David Munroe and wife Lynn of Gloucester and Lisa Munroe Korte and husband Jeff of Cambridge. She was the devoted grandmother to Emily Munroe, Jacob Munroe and Vivienne Korte. She was predeceased by her beloved sister Doris Goyetche and her six half-siblings. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Suzanne Goyetche honoured with

tourism award

Suzanne Goyetche of Cochrane, AB has been honoured with the 2017 AMMY Award for Travel Counselling Excellance at the Alberta Visitor Information Providers Conference. The awards, named in honour of Alberta’s official gemstone — Ammolite, recognize achievements of Alberta visitor service providers. The award presented to Suzanne recognizes individual travel counsellors who have shown dedication and passion in delivering exceptional customer experiences in providing convenient, relevant and innovative visitor services. She was honoured “for going above and beyond with visitors to make sure their experience is a memorable one. Whether it’s helping tired bikers or assisting stranded travellers, Suzanne provides outstanding support.”

Laurie Goyetche appointed Acting

Principal of Rosary School

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) has announced the appointment of Laurie Goyetche as Acting Principal of Rosary School in Manning. Laurie has been successful in her role as Vice Principal of Rosary School since September 2013, and is the natural choice for the Principal position after the sudden death of former Principal Patrick Stokes this summer. “Thank you to Laurie for stepping into this leadership role under these difficult circumstances.  Pat would be pleased to know his school is being passed on to your capable hands,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “During her time at Rosary School, Laurie has proven herself to be a strong, knowledgeable leader and we look forward to working with her in this new capacity.” Laurie is originally from Cape Breton in Nova Scotia but has been living and working in Alberta for the past twelve years. 

Scott & Cheryl welcome new addition

Scott Goyetche & Cheryl Talbot-Goyetche of Port Hawkesbury, NS are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Lucy May on September 24, 2017. Proud grandparents are Wayne and Marie Goyetche of D'Escousse, NS.

Curtis & Tasha celebrate wedding

Alcide and Karen Goyetche of Spruce Grove, AB are happy to announce the marriage of their son Curtis and Tasha Dawn Cerry. The couple celebrated their wedding on September 9, 2017 surrounded by family and friends.

Soldiers' Life-Saving Actions


Two soldiers received the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation this fall for actions they took to save the lives of two Eritrean civilians suffering from gunshot wounds. Corporal Daphne Goyetche, a platoon medic, and Master Corporal (then Cpl) Michael Hawthorn, served with the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group during Task Force East Africa (TFEA). On February 13, 2001, a group of Eritrean civilians approached the remote platoon camp at Tsorena, an abandoned village in the midst of the Temporary Security Zone. Two of the group, a young boy of about fourteen and his father, had suffered severe gunshot wounds. Both had lost substantial blood and the wounds were infected.The boy was in danger of losing his life. Cpl Goyetche recognized the urgency of the situation and began immediate treatment, calling for a medical evacuation using Canadian and Dutch assets. Cpl Hawthorn, using his previous training as a paramedic, assisted in the initial treatment and stabilization of the wounded. Both soldiers remained with the injured as Cpl Goyetche directed the evacuation until the ambulance cross-over point where she assisted the Company Medical Officer, Captain Rob Hiemstra in the resuscitation of the boy. Capt Hiemstra said the soldiers' actions were instrumental in saving the boy's life and preventing further injury to the man. From the November 20, 2002 issue of "The Maple Leaf", a Canadian Forces newsletter.

Nature Connection awarded $1.7M

Reaha Goyetche is happy to share some good news from her work in Colorado. The Nature Connection and its partners have been awarded a substantial $1.72 million grant. The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant will allow The Nature Connection and its many partners to formalize K-12 outdoor education programming; will connect the traditional programming offered to students in the region; and will match winter ecology, canyon trips, and outdoor days to grade-level specific goals. The grant will fund extensive place, program and pathway development in six communities along with 140 youth internships and seven community jobs over the three-year grant cycle. The program is expected to impact more than 6,000 youth in the area. Reaha works with the Youth Outdoor Network. Open to all high school students at Cedaredge, Paonia, Hotchkiss, Delta, and Olathe High Schools, the Youth Outdoor Network is a group that creates pathways and field trips for students with an interest in outdoor recreation, public lands and natural resource careers.