Simon Goyetche spearheads Socktober Campaign

Simon Goyetche, son of Bob Goyetche & Cathy Bobkowicz of Montreal, QC, is getting some well-deserved recognition. Thirteen year old Simon, a grade 8 student at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, was recently featured in a CBC TV news report about his Socktober Drive. Now in its third year, Simon spearheaded the campaign to collect socks for homeless youth. Through his efforts, the initiative has grown to include five schools and is aiming for 5,000 pairs of socks this year. Simon is hoping to get even more schools involved in the future. The socks will be delivered to DANS LA RUE, which is a non-profit organization in Montreal that helps by offering shelter, food and support services to homeless youth. They go through thousands of socks every year to keep Montreal’s homeless youths feet warm all winter long. This isn’t the first recognition that Simon has received. In March 2015, he was among 12 young Quebecers presented with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to honor exceptional effort in volunteering to help others and building “a smarter and more caring nation.” Cape Breton to Texas - Marie’s story  In the late 19th century, a young girl named Marie Goyetche and her family from Cape Breton joined a great out-migration of more than 250,000 Maritimers, almost 30 percent of the population of the region at the time, destined for the “Boston States”.  Among the Goyetche’s who migrated to the Boston area was Marie’s family -- father Louis (Joyce) Goyetche (1846 – 1941), his wife Marie and their children, including Marie Marthe. They left Cape Auget, Nova Scotia at the turn of the century for Newton, Massachusetts. Within a few years her journey took her even further. Marie and her new husband booked passage on a ship bound for Galveston, Texas where they began a new life. To read more about Marie’s story, as told by her granddaughter Wanda Cuniff, see Cape Breton To Texas – Marie’s Story.

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Our Family News page features births, marriages, deaths and achievements (both big & small) by Goyetche family members. Recent additions include news of the death of Mary Eleanor Goyetche of Louisdale, NS, Robert (Bob) Goyetche of Montreal, QC and Ernest E. Goyetche Jr. of Ridgecrest, CA. Among the new additions to the family is Alexei Nicolas Bartkow of Halifax, NS, a 3rd grandson for Glenda (Goyetche) Bartkow also of Halifax.


The Photo Gallery pages include a variety of vintage and more recent photos contributed by family members over many years. Recent additions include Chris & Emma Goyetche of Cochrane, AB; Jeffrey Arthur & Emilie Goyetche of Arichat, NS; Andy, Madison & Travis Goyetche of Saugus, MA; Henry Goyetche of Everett, MA & daughter Pam (Goyetche) Fialli; Jack & Kaitlyn Goyetch of Canton, MA; Bob, Cathy & Simon Goyetche of Montreal, QC; and Emma & Sam Goyetche of Cochrane, AB.


Our Genealogy pages include information on more than 1,950 family members and 600 family groups spanning nine generations beginning in 1763. Recent additions include descendants of Thomas Alcide (Goyetche) Guyette.


The Historical pages feature a number of articles that detail the origins and history of the Basques and the Goyetche family. They include articles about notable family members such as Dominique Goyetche of Nouvelle Caledonie in the South Pacific;  the Bishop of Charlottetown, Rev. Joseph Vernon Fougere; Maria Goyetche of Petit de Grat, NS; and Marie (Goyetche) Pond of Galveston, TX. In addition, you may view Steve Goyeche’s Journals describing his travels to the Basque region of southern France in search of traces of our ancestor Jean Goyetche.
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