2016-08-18 / Obituaries

Marcel Viger

Marcel R. Viger of Kennebunk (formerly of Biddeford), 87, died Aug. 10, 2016, at RiverRidge Rehabilitation Center in Kennebunk from complications of a major stroke he suffered on May 10, after 62 years of marriage, three children and nine grandchildren.

Born in Salem, Massachusetts on April 30, l929, the son of Arthur J. Viger and

Leona J. (Hevey) Viger, he moved to Biddeford at an early age. A graduate of St. Louis High School, St. Anselm’s College and Boston College Law School, he served honorably in the Army during the Korean conflict and as a practicing attorney for 37 years in Biddeford retiring at age 62. He was licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of Maine and United States Supreme Court. He served as county attorney of York County for four years and as city solicitor of Biddeford for 11 years.

A communicant of Good Shepherd Parish in Biddeford and Kennebunk, he was active in community affairs throughout his life as a member of St. Joseph’s choir for over 60 years, Knights of Harmony, Tri- City Community Chorus, Kiwanis International, St. Jean Baptiste de Bienfaisance, fourth degree Knights of Columbus, L’Union St. Jean Baptiste and Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He was at his death a member of St. Louis Alumni Association since 1945 and Biddeford Saco Country Club since 1957.

He was instrumental in the formation of St. Joseph’s Credit Union (now known as PeoplesChoice Credit Union) serving as its first president in 1964 and a member of its board of directors for an additional l2 years. He also served as the first president of St. Joseph’s Parish Council in 1968 with 14 years of service. Marcel also served as a member of the board of directors of Catholic Charities of Maine for two years.

His greatest passions in life were his family, singing, golfing, skiing, watching sports and traveling with his wife, Therese, extensively throughout all 50 states viewing many highlights of each state. Being avid sports fans, he and Therese also viewed baseball games in nearly every American and National League ballpark, attending the Boston Red Sox baseball games on their wedding anniversary, April l9, and then watching the end of the Boston Marathon from l957 to 2009. They also traveled extensively throughout all of Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Japan and the Far East.

With a passion for singing, he attended many live musical shows throughout the country featuring Louis Armstrong, Celine Dion, Robert Goulet, Elton John, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Vaughn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Lawrence Welk as well as each summer at the Brunswick Music Theatre for 25 years.

He was extremely proud of his Franco-American heritage as his children speak French and English and his grandchildren sing French songs. He was appointed a member of the Franco-American Hall of Fame by the Maine Legislature in 2016.

Marcel was also amazed at and always so proud of his parents, who had no money but knew hard work, were able to send their two sons to college – Leopold becoming a medical doctor and Marcel becoming an attorney.

His greatest accomplishments in life were marrying the love of his life, Therese, on April l9, 1954; raising three daughters together and spending time with their nine grandchildren whether it would be telling stories of his childhood, watching their sporting events or singing with them after mealtimes. They also enjoyed taking their mothers to California, Las Vegas and Florida several times after the death of their husbands.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Therese Loranger, three daughters and their husbands, Joanne Huot and Dr. Richard Huot of Vero Beach, Florida; Patricia Crepeau and Kenneth Crepeau of Biddeford; Jacqueline Gallishaw and Jonathan Gallishaw of Seekonk, Massachusetts; ine grandchildren, Todd, Kaleigh, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Kerry, Patrick, Brady, Wesley and Ethan, a sisterin law, Jeannine Viger, widow of deceased brother Leopold, a sister-in-law Jeannette Elie, several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery at a later date following cremation services. Donations in Marcel’s name can be made to St. James School, 25 Graham St., Biddeford, 04005. To share condolences online, please visit www.hopememorial.com.

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