E. George Vigneault, 88, passed away peacefully at the Syracuse VA Hospital on Thursday, December 5, 2019 with his loving family by his side. Born in Springfield on July 9, 1931, he was the last surviving child of the late Joseph & Laura (Lendry). He was predeceased by his loving wife Barbara (McBride). They were happily married for 39 years and their love for each other, now, continues onward.
George graduated from Springfield Technical High School in 1949, and attended Northeastern University. He served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War, from 1954 to 1956. He was a dedicated U.S. Postal Worker for 19 years and a successful salesman. George was a faithful parishioner at Holy Name Church where he served as an usher & sang in the church choir; and was a member of the Holy Name Men’s Club & Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed singing with the New Good Time Singers, Springfield Chordsmen, various barbershop quartets, and was once selected as Barbershopper of the Year.
George was an avid biker & swimmer, competing in the Senior Olympics, winning several gold medals, and continued his lifelong passions well into his 80s. He taught his sons to ski and every winter maintained an ice rink in the backyard for the whole neighborhood to enjoy along with them. George spent a lot of time reading & writing, with poems & prayers being a favorite that he shared with many. He was an outgoing person always lending a word of encouragement and enjoyed learning about different cultures. George was an Eagle Scout and served many years as a Scoutmaster.
George especially cherished the time spent with his family & watching his grandsons grow; and will be dearly missed by his 4 sons, Ronald & wife Agatha, George, Thomas & wife Nancy, and Brian; and by his 3 grandsons, Kevin, William & Christian. George was also predeceased by his siblings O. Roland, Viola Sloboda, Joseph Jr., Harvey, Lorraine McCormick, Raymond, & Dave.
The family would like to thank relatives & friends, and staff & residents at both the Manlius Assisted Living Home & the Syracuse VA Medical Center whom he considered his extended family, for all their support over the years.
Friends & family are asked to visit from 3-7 on Wednesday, December 11 at Tazzini Funeral Home, 22 Locust St. in Springfield, and then meet on Thursday the 12th at Holy Name Church for his Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30, followed by his interment, with full military honors, at St. Michael’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in George’s memory to Holy Name Parish, 323 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108.
Please visit www.TazziniFuneralHome.com to sign George’s guestbook.