‘Doc’ Goyette: A life well lived

Heroes and role models come in many forms. Some defend our country and ensure our many freedoms are preserved. Some – like firefighters and police officers – protect us from harm. Others – like sports figures, civic leaders and humanitarians are looked up to because of the overall contributions they make to society.

Oftentimes, though, we see these people from afar, never having the benefit of personal interaction, like young people admiring the work and philanthropy of, say, Bill Gates or Warren Buffet.

However, that’s not the case with Dr. Charles H. Goyette.

For decades, “Doc” Goyette – along with his wife, Meri – have been a pillars of the community. They have long supported the arts and, essentially, have been ambassadors for the city of Nashua.

Last week, “Doc” Goyette passed away, leaving a legacy that will last for many generations – literally.

Through four decades as an OB/GYN, Goyette delivered more than 10,000 babies – or about 30 tons, as he liked to point out, thereby touching the live of many past and present residents of this great city.

It isn’t just his work as a doctor that will be remembered by his many friends and family members. Goyette’s keen wit, generosity and philanthropy have touched so many.

On Wednesday, those who knew Goyette will turn out for his funeral service, set for 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Nashua. Those gathered will no doubt share special memories of a man that has impacted countless lives in both his personal and professional lives.

Nashua certainly is a better place because of Goyette – a true role model and hero.