Bedford - Wilfred J. "Fred" Vigneault, 92, died Jan. 2, 2014, at Bedford Falls Assisted Living following a brief illness.
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He was born in Keene on Aug. 24, 1921, the son of Antonio and Julia (Genest) Vigneault.
He graduated from Keene High School in 1939 and later was employed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as an applicant Civil Service processor in the Department of the Signal Corps. He also attended George Washington University. In 1942, he enlisted in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army during World War II.
On July 17, 1943, while in the military, he married Cecile Brunelle of Manchester. Upon an honorable discharge from the service, he accepted employment with the state Department of Employment Security in 1945 to serve as a veterans counselor in Keene and also in the Concord and Manchester offices. He attended the University of New Hampshire part time for four years for counseling credits. In 1968, he was appointed manager of the Keene DES office and later manager of the Nashua office, totaling 38-plus years with the department. He retired in 1983 and worked part time in the office of St. Theresa Parish. As a hobby, he researched family genealogy back to 1630.
After military service, he joined the American Legion and served as chairman of the oratorical program for Chesire County. In 1947, he was a charter member of the Department of the Catholic War Veterans and served as post and state commander. He received several awards for service to veterans and was presented the key to the City of Manchester by Mayor Josephat Benoit. He was a member of American Legion Post 79 and Catholic War Veterans Post 1624. He served as president of St. Theresa Parish, Holy Name Society, and was later elected diocesan president. He also served as president of the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security, N.H. Chapter. He served on the state board of the Personnel Guidance Association and president of Court St. Bernard Association Canado Americaine in Keene. He was also a member of the Legion of a Thousand Men of Precious Blood Monastery, the Retired Chapter of State Employees Association and the American Association of Retired Persons.
In 1962, he was elected to the Manchester Board of Education and appointed as the representative to the state board association. The Most Rev. Ernest Primeau, bishop of the Manchester Diocese appointed him to the Catholic Diocese Education Committee. Gov. Walter Peterson appointed him to the advisory board of the N.H. Vocational Technical College in Nashua and to the Hillsborough County Manpower Board and was reappointed by Gov. Meldrin Thompson Jr.
He was a communicant of the former St. Theresa Parish for 45 years and served as parish council president, lector, Eucharistic minister, choir member and coordinator of the Parish Renewal Program. He assisted as part-time organist at St. Peter's Church in Auburn.
He was predeceased by his wife, Cecile (Brunelle) Vigneault, on Sept. 12, 2007, after 64 years of marriage.
Family includes a daughter, Alaine S. Chevalier and husband Earl of Bradenton, Fla.; a son, Gerard T. Vigneault of Webster; five grandchildren, Aaron Chevalier, Lisa Dutch, Adam Chevalier, Abram Sprague and Aimee Chevalier; three great-grandchildren, Valentyne Chevalier, Shayla Sprague, Aniah Chevalier; one brother, Roland Vigneault, and one sister, Claire Vigneault, both of Manchester; one sister-in-law, Regina Brunelle of Manchester; one niece; one nephew and several cousins.
services: At Mr. Vigneault's request there are no public calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Elm St., Manchester. Encryptment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Precious Blood Monastery, 700 Bridge St., Manchester 03104 or to the
J.N. Boufford & Sons Funeral Home of Manchester is handling arrangements. For more information and online guest book, please visit www.bouffordfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Jan. 3, 2014
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