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“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...Read More »
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“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...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Brian & Kathy Murphy - Coworker

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief,Paul was a great neighbor so sorry for you loss,Joanne & Family. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Ron & Maureen Kilgallon

“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...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Joseph O'Neill - Mansfield, MA

“Joanne,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...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Terese Webby Becker - Classmate

“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...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Ralph Ferrigno - Clearwater, FL

“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...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Steven L. Murphy - Friend

“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...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Rick Lawton - Student

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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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