Dr. Gary M. Goulet, a lifelong resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, passed away on Monday, May 31 surrounded by his loving family and beloved wife of 50 years, Christine, at his home.
He was predeceased by his parents, Adrian Gerhard Goulet and Barbara Cusson Goulet of Long Beach.
Gary was a Chiropractor who was tirelessly devoted to his patients. He carried the legacy of Chiropractic care from his father and passed those healing hands on to his son, Jeremy. He was a man of deep and abiding faith. A true servant of Christ and to others.
He was a humble man and did not want a long-winded obituary. He would not want us to, so we won’t say, that he served on several boards and volunteered for various charities. He made countless trips to Saltillo, Mexico with St Thomas Catholic Church. We also won’t mention that he served on the MS Chiropractic Board, was awarded the Chiropractic Humanitarian of the Year Award, and volunteered at Ground Zero, adjusting first responders, following 9/11. He was a veteran and served his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Stanley during Vietnam.
Never one to toot his own horn (however he did play the clarinet), he was an ultra-runner that completed Western States, the 100-mile ultra, and 56 marathons with the mantra “stay the course.” He was a lover of all things New Orleans and shared that love with everyone; spreading the good word of WWOZ far and wide to all those he encountered, sometimes much to our embarrassment (from cab drivers in NYC to a concierge in Paris). In recent years, he embraced “festing in place” for Jazz Fest and appreciated the shorter bathroom line at home, although he missed the crawfish bread. Prone to storytelling, joking, and wild laughter, his sparkling blue eyes and beautiful smile made even strangers feel welcomed as family.
As a man who spent his life and career in service to others, it was truly fitting that he passed away on Memorial Day. He will be greatly missed as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Gary is survived by his wife, Christine Lacoste Goulet; his 4 sons, August, Jeremy (Deanne), Jeffery (Kristin), and Aaron (Natalie) Goulet; and his daughter, Lauren Goulet-Steidel (Benjamin); his sisters, Ann Goulet Bentz and Claire Goulet Wagner (Clifford); his 10 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a large and loving extended family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in his honor at St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Long Beach on Monday, June 7th at 12pm. Interment will be in Biloxi National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Every Mother Counts, St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, or Divine Word Missionaries.
The RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, Long Beach, is serving the family and online condolences may be offered at www.riemannfamily.com