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Arthur R. Goyette, Jr.

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“Mike,Dave,Susan,Anne,and Cathy, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad passing away.I have many wonderful memories of him when I'd come over to the...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: R.J. Wagner

“My sympathy to all the Goyette family and prayers for God to keep Art in his care. My Godparents were Arthur's parents and best friends to my parents...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Kathleen King - So Burlington, VT

“Dear Susie & FamilyOur prayers are with you and your family , Arthur was a pleasure to work with at Dowlings and we had lots of fun playing Golf in...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Bob Peet - Milton, VT

“Dearest Susie and Family,We remember with great fondness both of your parents and all of our days together at Christ the King. We loved them both...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Bev and Matt Broomhall - NH

“I only knew Art for a little time, but in that short time, he revealed a beautiful spirit, a keen wit, and an unbounded love for his family. I so...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Daryll Johnson

“To the Goyette family, we wish to extend our deepest sympathies on the passing of Art. We were neighbors for over forty years on Caroline Street and...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Yates and Betty Rousseau

“I was sorry to hear about the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.Sandy (Whalen) Compagnon ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“To the entire Goyette Family you have my sincere sympathies! Your Dad was such a dear man and cousin. A respected business man and our own "candy man...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Lynch-Harmon

“My sincere sympathy to Art's wife and family...he was a nice guy. We met him through Cursillo, and he sang briefly with our folk group at St. Anthony...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Carleen Lehouiller

“Goyette Family (Mike and Deb)Our thoughts and prayers for the loss of Art.God Bless. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Neil and Sue Abair - Burlington, VT

“Dear cousins,I have so many happy memories of all of us gathering for every family event. I loved going to visit you Cathy at your house because we...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Brault-Goodrow - VT

“I had the pleasure to work with Art at the Burlington Drug Company. Sorry to hear of his passing. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Margaret Merchant - Buckley, WA

“Anne,It's with great sadness that I read of your father's passing. My heart and thoughts are are with you and your family at this difficult time. ...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“A true friend with a unique sense of humor, his loss creates a vacuum for his friends and families, but I will always cherish the fond memories of...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Reginald Currier Jr - Houston, TX

“I grew up with Arthur when he lived at 356 North St. and we lived at 360. My sister purchased their family home in 1956. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Yvonne (Audette) Campbell

“Art was a super man true at heart. Devoted husband,father,grandfather and friend. He cared deeply for all that he was in contact with. I had the...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Art was a good friend, whom I was privileged to know for many years. We did cursillos together and he would pop into my store for a visit on many...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Al Danis - The Villages, FL

“Love & prayers to the Goyette family. Art was truly one of a kind & will be greatly missed by all who knew him. So many fond memories are what we...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Pamela Redfield-Tudhope


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Arthur Remi Goyette, Jr., of South Burlington, left this life peacefully to join our Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, June 15, 2017 surrounded by his loving children at the McClure Miller VNA Respite House in Colchester, VT after battling heart disease. He was 81. The son of the late Arthur R., Sr. and Margaret A. Goyette, he was born and raised in Burlington, graduating from both Cathedral High School and Saint Michael's College. It was during his time at St. Michael's College that he met his first wife of 45 years and mother of his 5 children, the then Elizabeth "Betty" Brault. Mr. Goyette was honorably discharged from the Army Reserve and then embarked on his business career. Arthur owned and operated A.R. Goyette Wholesale Company, INC., supplying independent drug, grocery and "mom & pop" retail stores with over the counter medications, toiletries, school supplies, and in particular candy, for which Arthur affectionately became known as "The Candy Man". He later sold his company to, and was employed by, Dowling's Wholesale Distributors, which in turn was later purchased by Burlington Drug Company, for which he continued to work until retirement. Mr. Goyette was a devout Catholic who loved the church. He was a spiritual communicant and active member of the Christ the King / St. Anthony Parish. It was here that Arthur began singing in the church choir directed by his wife Betty. Other church vocations that were very special to Arthur and Betty included: the Cursillo Movement, Pre-Cana marriage instruction, & Marriage Encounter and the Mercy Associates & Sisters of Mercy. After Betty's passing, Arthur became a regular visitor to Florida where he could be found visiting with his brother, Edward, and his family. It was during those visits that Arthur discovered love again and married his current wife, Helene Goyette. Together they summered in Vermont, and wintered in Florida. Arthur and Helene could often be found there enjoying dinner, performances and laughs at a local theater or staying active in the pleasant winter climate. An avid sports fan, Arthur enjoyed playing tennis and golf. He was a fan of most New England sports teams including the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics, and he was especially fond of college basketball, March Madness and our local UVM Catamounts. Additionally, Arthur was a loyal Rice Memorial High School sports fan, supporting the Green Knights teams where he was often spotted in the stands leading the cheers at the football games. However, the sport he adored the most was the one where his grandchildren in California were participants. One of Arthur's greatest joys and devotions was to his family. He often traveled to visit and stay connected to his out of state children and grandchildren, sharing in their numerous activities. He was also very well known for his sense of humor, practical jokes, and cheerful disposition. Other interests included: performing magic for his family and friends, the Burlington Festival of Fools, reading, cribbage, and finding those lesser known places of interest wherever he traveled. Arthur was an inquisitive man who loved to listen to a good story or cut one out of the local newspaper and send it to a friend or family member with a personal message attached. He will be remembered as a selfless man of integrity who was continuously evolving and one who never lost his love of learning and for sharing his many life's lessons and experiences. Mr. Goyette was predeceased by his father and mother (Arthur R. Sr. & Margaret), his former wife of 45 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Goyette, his sister Janice Wilkens and his brother Edward Goyette. He is survived by his current wife Helene Goyette, his children Anne Cameron and her partner Michael Evans of Williston, Michael Goyette and his wife Debra of Goodyear, AZ, David Goyette and his partner Nathalie Couture of Colchester, Catherine Prvanov and her husband Stefan of Carlsbad, CA and Susan Brodeur and her husband Neil of Milton, his grandchildren Jenna and Joshua Cameron, Brittany Goyette and Jonathan, Ryan and Christa Prvanov. He is also survived by his extended family of in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Goyette's family wish to express their heartfelt gratitude for the extraordinary support and care given by extended family members, numerous friends, the clergy and the amazing comforting care from staff and volunteers of the McClure Miller VNA Respite House. A very special thank you those who helped maintain 24/7 vigil over Arthur in his final days. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at Christ the King Church, 136 Locust St, Burlington, Saturday, June 24th at 10 AM. Interment will follow at Resurrection Park Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, June 23rd from 4-8 PM at Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in Arthur's memory to McClure Miller VNA Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway Colchester, VT 05446.

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