Donald Goguen

Donald Paul Goguen

Saturday, June 27th, 1942 - Friday, July 24th, 2020
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Donald Paul Goguen, Ret. Master Chief Petty Officer, 78, passed away with his family by his side on July 24, 2020 in Elizabeth City, NC. He was born on June 27, 1942 in Fitchburg, MA to the late Raymond Joseph and Yvonne Rose Boucher Goguen. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his loving wife, Marie T. Ouellette Goguen. Donald served 22 plus years of regular active duty in the US Coast Guard. His first duty station in 1959 was aboard the Brenton Reef L/V in Newport, RI. His last assignment took him back to Middleton, RI to staff the Resident Inspection Office erecting the 270 B Class Coast Guard cutters.

After his military service, he was employed as Port Engineer/ Chief Engineer of the torpedo range and research vessels under contract with the Naval Underwater Systems Center, Middleton, RI. He was a member of the USCG Chief Petty Officers Assn. and served as the first President of the Narragansett Bay Chapter.

He is survived by three daughters, Rhonda Paswell and Jan Goguen, both of Coventry, RI and Jean Goguen Shannon of Portsmouth, VA; son, Keith Goguen of Portsmouth, VA; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter and numerous other loving family and friends.

A military service will be held at a later date where he will be laid to rest beside his wife at the RI Veteran Cemetery in Exeter, RI. Please visit his Book of Memories at for updates or to leave a note to the family.
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    Veterans Cemetery
    301 S County Trail, Exeter, RI 02822
    EXETER, RI 02822
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    A service with Military Honors will be held at a later date. Please check back for updates.


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Rhea Anderson

Posted at 02:50pm
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Ted Ouellette

Posted at 09:27am
Rest in Peace Uncle Don. You will always be loved and missed. I already miss helping you find your golf ball and taking your money on the golf course. We love you. Thank you for your service to our country.

Rich Goguen

Posted at 09:37pm
My brother, My friend, My hero. We'll meet again. Love you !!!

Jan Goguen

Posted at 07:02pm
My heart weighs heavy for the loss of you dad. I will everyday think of the the moments we shared playing and watching golf together. Spending endless hrs watching old family and military videos. Vacations we took up in Massanutten V.A. along with others. Visiting relatives when we were young, The road trips across country. All your military stories. You were the smartest self taught man I ever knew. You made me who I am today. You were always ready to go and kept yourself busy. Your time with me and our family will always be remembered. Missing you sooooo much. Rest in peace in heaven with mom and family who's with you now. God Bless you dad, I will love you forever. I'll someday see you and hug you again and hear your stories all over again. Your loving daughter Jan

Susanne Tomasso

Posted at 06:18pm
Sending condolences to the family. May the good lord give you strength and peace at the time.
Susanne Tomasso

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