Re­mem­ber­ing fam­ily and friends

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Sco­tia: A force of love and light in the world will now live on as a legacy with the pass­ing of Dave Goyette of Sco­tia, NY on De­cem­ber 28, 2019 at the age of 61. Dave lived life em­brac­ing each mo­ment to the fullest. He fought his bat­tle with a rare and ag­gres­sive lym­phoma the same way he faced op­po­nents on the basketball court. Even when faced with se­ri­ous bone mar­row trans­plant com­pli­ca­tions, his fit­ness and men­tal tough­ness kept him in the game, far ex­ceed­ing physi­cians’ ex­pec­ta­tions; trag­i­cally it was not enough. As in life, his ador­ing wife and best friend of 28 years, Glo­ria Ka­vanah, was by his side, and their love for each other in­spired ev­ery­one they en­coun­tered, even in Dave’s fi­nal hours. They were in­sep­a­ra­ble, like Ernest and Vern; “know what I mean?” Dave was the son of Jeanne and the late Joseph Goyette; the brother/brother-in-law of Mike and Donna Goyette, Matt and Juanita Goyette, Andy and Deb­bie Goyette, Larry Goyette, and Dan and the late Kathy Napoli; god­fa­ther and un­cle of Michael Goyette, An­drea Goyette, and Lisa Johnson; the trea­sured friend of Leah Kuster Munroe and Ali Kuster McClarnon, Dave and Tr­ish Przy­bylo, Ge­orge Robin­son, Rick DiBlasi, and John Ko­lach, and Glo­ria’s sis­ters Ann and Mar­cia Mandi and the Fox fam­ily. He was beloved by the Bruhns and their Ther­mal En­vi­ron­ment Sales fam­ily, where he worked for 37 years. The love and sup­port Dave and Glo­ria re­ceived from the St. An­drew’s Epis­co­pal Church (Sco­tia) com­mu­nity sus­tained them on this jour­ney. Dave was an amaz­ing ath­lete and fierce com­peti­tor. His pin­na­cle hoop achieve­ment was in 2017 when he and his over 55 team, the Al­bany Ma­chine, won the gold medal at the Na­tional Se­nior Games and Dave was the MVP of the fi­nal game. He also won nu­mer­ous other hoop tour­na­ments through­out the east­ern United States and in the Colonie Se­nior Basketball League, where he was high scorer for multiple sea­sons. Dave was known for his re­lent­less de­fense and sharp shot from any­where on the court. He was an avid bass and salt­wa­ter fish­er­man and won nu­mer­ous tour­na­ments and awards as a mem­ber of the Cap­i­tal District Bass­mas­ters. Dave was es­pe­cially proud of the records he held in the squir­rel re­lo­ca­tion pro­gram. As with ev­ery­thing else he set his mind to, Dave ful­filled his life­long dream of be­ing a teacher. At the age of 49 he grad­u­ated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Oswego with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion. He cre­ated the curriculum and the lab for the Ful­ton Mont­gomery Com­mu­nity Col­lege HVAC/R pro­gram, and taught the cour­ses for sev­eral years. Typ­i­cal of Dave in ev­ery as­pect of his life, he be­lieved in his stu­dents and in­spired them to achieve, as demon­strated by the nu­mer­ous mes­sages of grat­i­tude he re­ceived from them. Dave’s light of love shined on ev­ery­one he met. He al­ways had a witty com­ment and sly smile. Dave loved his ex­ten­sive travel ad­ven­tures with Glo­ria through­out Latin Amer­ica, in­clud­ing their trip to Easter Is­land, play­ing tejo and their visit with the iso­lated Kogi in Colom­bia, and vol­cano hik­ing in Gu­atemala. It was a re­mark­able gift to watch Dave en­gage with oth­ers, even when they did not speak the same lan­guage. Peo­ple sim­ply sensed his pure good­ness and re­sponded to it. Dave’s legacy as a teacher will con­tinue if we live our lives like he did: to the fullest and with good­ness. Glo­ria ex­presses her deep­est grat­i­tude to Dr. An­drew Ze­lenetz and Dr. Craig Sauter, nurses Lori Lane, Rafael LoBasso, Jenny Tamm, and Nel­son Ramos, as well as the en­tire M7 staff at Memo­rial Sloan Ket­ter­ing Cancer Cen­ter. Do­na­tions to honor Dave’s mem­ory can be made to The Dave Goyette Memo­rial Schol­ar­ship Fund, 601 Bea­con Street, Sco­tia, NY 12302. A memo­rial cel­e­bra­tion of Dave will be held Fri­day, Jan­uary 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., at The Ter­race @ The Wa­ters Edge Light­house, 2 Free­mans Bridge Road, Glenville, NY. (Park­ing is be­hind the Light­house.) It is a cel­e­bra­tion of Dave’s life so if you are at­tend­ing, it would please Dave and Glo­ria if you dressed in at­tire that ex­presses the “you” that Dave knew. For direc­tions, or to leave a mes­sage of con­do­lence for the fam­ily, visit www.Can­nonFuneral.com

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