Paul R. Gastonguay

  • Born: March 24, 1936
  • Died: November 18, 2020
  • Location: Mansfield, Massachusetts

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Paul Gastonguay died peacefully at home on November 18, 2020 in Mansfield, MA at the age of 84.

Paul was born in Lewiston, Maine in 1936. He graduated from Bates College and earned his master's degree from Rivier College. Paul's first job was as an electrocardiography researcher at Maine Medical Center. In 1958 he and Connie were married in Lewiston. That same year Paul began his service in the U.S. Army. Upon his return he began his long career in academia, teaching at Cheverus High School, in Portland, ME then at St. Joseph's College in North Windham, Maine, where he instituted a Biology major program and became the Chairman of the Biology Department. Paul spent most of his career at Stonehill College, serving as Associate Professor of Biology from 1969-1978 and finishing his tenure there as Associate Academic Dean, retiring in 1998. Paul loved teaching and he made sure to infuse his lessons with his sense of humor. He often included funny family photos as part of his slide presentations, loved to tell jokes, and never missed an opportunity to tell a pun (mostly bad ones). In addition to his teaching accomplishments he was also proud of the Health Care Administration Program and International Internship Program that he developed. Paul was also an author whose publications include a textbook on evolution, articles and pamphlets on the electrophysiology of the heart, including his dissertation in the Journal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, numerous articles on medical ethics, sociobiology, and Catholic faith and practice, and published reviews of nearly 100 books during his career.

As a communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Brockton, he had been active for six years as C.Y.O. girls' basketball coach during which time the team won the C.Y.O. state championship. He co-founded the girls' basketball league at Hancock School and also coached. As a musician, he played the mandolin as a member of the Stone Street Strummers and the Music Makers.

Paul took the greatest pleasure spending time with his family and in fostering his daughters' and grandchildren's academic, athletic, and musical interests. He never missed a game, concert or event and spent countless hours teaching them chess, cribbage, clarinet, and keyboard. He also became quite the video game junkie but always "let" the grandkids win.

Paul is survived by his two daughters, Joanne Moyer and her husband Charles, of Mansfield, MA, Nancy and her wife Shawn Doebling of Anchor Bay, California and three grandchildren, Christine, Daniel, and Nicholas Moyer. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Connie.

We are remembering Paul with contributions to Coastal Seniors, P.O. Box 437, Point Arena, CA 95468.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Paul through my mother, Joan, who was a close friend of his. His sense of humor and kindness will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to Paul's family.

Posted by LYNETTE WOLENT - BROCKTON, MA - Friend   November 30, 2020

From Paul's high school alma mater in Maine, Saint Dominic Academy, we send our most sincere condolences for Paul's passing and wishes for peace for Joanne, Nancy, and their families. Best Wishes, St. Dom's

Posted by Deb Anthoine - Auburn, ME - Friend   November 30, 2020

Paul was a good friend and neighbor at Heron Crest. May you Rest In Peace.

Posted by Linda Hurley - Mansfield, MA   November 30, 2020

Our sincere condolences to Nancy and Joanne. Your parents were the best of friends to us from high school days on. Your mother left this earth too soon and your father will surely be missed. They may be together again watching over you and their grandchildren that they do dearly loved. May you find comfort in that love.

Posted by Len & Annette StPierre - Friends, ME - Friend   November 29, 2020

Our sincere condolences to Nancy and Joanne. Your parents were the best of friends to us from high school days on. Your mother left this earth too soon and your father will surely be missed. They may be together again watching over you and their grandchildren that they do dearly loved. May you find comfort in that love.

Posted by StPierre - Friends, ME - Friend   November 29, 2020

Paul was a close friend from high school through 2020. We will all miss him tremendously. Love you Paul.

Posted by Leonard St. Pierre - Kennebunk, ME - Friend   November 29, 2020

A very close friend that will be missed in my heart.

Posted by Annette StPierre - Kennebunk, ME - Friend   November 29, 2020

Best friend will

A best friend who will be missed

Posted by Leonard St. Pierre - Kennebunk, ME - Friend   November 29, 2020


Posted by Annette StPierre - Kennebunk, ME - Friend   November 29, 2020

My condolences to the family of Dean Gastonguay. May his light shine upon all whose lives he touched. He was such a great man and perhaps the biggest influence in my education and career. He instilled in me to tap into my confidence and provided me the tools to not only graduate from Stonehill, but that with sheer determination and desire I could overcome hurdles and accomplish my goals. Rest In Peace.

Posted by John Butler - Student   November 29, 2020

Nancy, you are in my thoughts and prayers. His years as a coach to us were formulative for me - he gave me confidence and I will always be grateful for his time so long ago. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to your and sister. He made a huge difference in so many lives, especially mine. May his memory be a loving and healing journey toward healing during this time and always.

Posted by KAREN GOLDBERG - SANTA MONICA, CA - Student   November 24, 2020

Mr. Gastonguay,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the U.S. Army during the Cold War. Millions of Americans slept safe at night because you and your fellow Servicemen stood ready to defend our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Mike Casey    November 24, 2020

In the academic arena Paul was a man of integrity & high principals. As an administrator, he executed his duties with a seriousness of purpose in an effort to do the right thing and to make a situation better. His preparation for Graduation Day always ensured a flawless event. And, at the end of that ceremony his yellow legal pad was always full of new ideas & changes for next year's program.
Joanne & Nancy you have many happy memories of your mom & dad to bring you joy.

Posted by Brian & Kathy Murphy - Coworker   November 23, 2020

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief,Paul was a great neighbor so sorry for you loss,Joanne & Family.

Posted by Ron & Maureen Kilgallon - Neighbor   November 23, 2020

Paul was a neighbor and I knew him mostly in passing. My first encounter with Paul though stuck with me. We just moved in to Heron Crest, I told him I was still working and he said something like' We are not allowed to work here', like it was against the rules! He had a straight face and only laughed after I was completely confused. I thought, this guy has a fun sense of humor which just came out within 2 minutes of meeting him.

He always waved and said hi. I sort of regret not getting to know him better.

Rest in Peace Paul.

Posted by Joseph O'Neill - Mansfield, MA - Neighbor   November 23, 2020

So sorry to hear about your Dad. May your many happy & funny memories bring you peace and in time far more smiles than tears. You were the kindest and sweetest classmate at Hancock back in the day!!! Wishing your Dad eternal peace.

Posted by Terese Webby Becker - Classmate   November 22, 2020

A true gentle man, as well as a gentleman, we were Tosca Drive neighbors for many years, sharing many joyful parenting adventures. May God allow you all to dwell on the many wonderful memories you have shared. God Bless, Ralph & Sandy.

Posted by Ralph Ferrigno - Clearwater, FL - Neighbor   November 22, 2020

Paul and Connie were clients and most important friends. I am sorry to hear of Paul’s passing but know he is with his beloved Connie.Joanne and Nancy, my prayers are with mom and dad, you and your families.

Steve Murphy

Posted by Steven L. Murphy - Friend   November 22, 2020

My condolences to the Gastonguay family and many thanks for sharing your dad with so many students. I graduated from Stonehill in 1978 but I had the pleasure of taking two courses with your dad. He was a great teacher and a better person. Compassionate, caring and involved with each student in his class. Great sense of humor at the right time and was truly an asset to Stonehill College .

Posted by Rick Lawton - Student   November 22, 2020