WATERVILLE – Gerald Lee Vigue, 80, passed away peaceably at his home early Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2014, after battling a severe illness, surrounded by his family. He was born June 7, 1933, in Waterville, the son of Lionel and Aileen (Hicks) Vigue.
After graduating from Winslow High School, he entered a four-year term in the U.S. Navy. During his time with the Navy, he was stationed on the USS Sturtevant, and through his relationships he enjoyed several reunions of his fellow shipmates. After leaving the military, he returned to the Waterville area and began his work as a Mason Contractor, which became his life-long vocation. Along with his wife Bethany, they began a ceramic business and bottle club called the Melody Ranch in Fairfield Center. He also owned and managed many apartment buildings throughout the greater Waterville Area. Many area nursing home residents were blessed every year at the annual summer Christmas party when he loved to appear as the “jovial” Santa Claus, where he made many guests feel loved. In his last few years of life, he was able to enjoy attending baseball games in Portland and Boston with his youngest son, and grandson, Liam.
He was predeceased by sisters, Ethel, Bette; and brothers, Maurice and John. Surviving Gerald are his wife, Bethany of 44 years; three sons, William and Elizabeth, Kenneth and Diane, and Scott. He is also survived by three daughters, Kim and Carino Au, Kelly and Jody Strout, and Karen; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gerald is also survived by four sisters, Anne, Jeanne, Davene, Delia; and one brother, Thomas Vigue.
Visiting hours will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, 61 Pleasant St., Waterville, with the Rev. David Broadbent officiating. Burial will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, 61 Pleasant St., Waterville, ME 04901, for the kitchen fund. Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield. An online guest book may be signed and memories shared at: www.lawrybrothers.com.