Arthur J Lavigne

Born: Mon., May 10, 1937
Died: Tue., May 23, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., May 30, 2017
Location: Pelham Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Wed., May 31, 2017
Location: St. Patrick Church

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Arthur J. Lavigne, Jr.

Arthur J. Lavigne, Jr., age 80, of Atkinson, NH (formerly a resident of Pelham, NH for over 40 years) died following a long illness on May 23, 2017 at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA.

He was the beloved husband of Anne Marie (Croteau) Lavigne, his wife of nearly 45 years, who survives him.

Born in Lawrence, MA, a son of the late Arthur J. Lavigne and the late Helen (Donovan) Lavigne,

Arthur attended Central Catholic High School in Lawrence and Marist Preparatory in Esopus, NY.

Arthur went on to attend Marist College (B.S., Biology), followed by Fordham University (M.S., Biological Sciences), and ultimately the University of Massachusetts (Ph.D., Education). Arthur taught science courses such as Microbiology, Botany, and Anatomy and Physiology at Middlesex Community College in both Bedford and Lowell, MA.

In addition to his love of education, Arthur enjoyed playing and watching sports, reading, swimming, going to the gym, philosophizing, and visits with his family.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his son Jeremy J. Lavigne and his wife Kristin of Amherst, NH, and their daughter, his granddaughter, Brynn; two sisters: Kathryn Boisvert, and her husband Donald, of Goshen, MA and Marilyn Mercier of Lawrence, MA; a brother Raymond Lavigne and his wife Sally of Methuen, MA; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call at the PELHAM FUNERAL HOME at 11 NASHUA RD in PELHAM, NH from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday, May 30. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday, May 31, at 10 AM at St. Patrick’s church in Pelham, followed by his burial at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lawrence, MA. Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to Elder Services of Atkinson, NH. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (603) 635-3333.

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Lois Andrew
   Posted Sun May 28, 2017
Artie's light (his goodness, caring and humor) will shine forever in our hearts; and he will be sorely missed by his family and so many who loved him.

My hope is that somewhere in this vast, essentially loving universe of unbounded energy and infinite possibilities there is a "cosmic" copy of Darwin's "Origin of Species" and a chilled Manhattan ready to welcome him home. Then we can know Artie is truly in heaven.

Anne Marie, Jeremy and all your family and friends who loved him so very much may you (we) find peace in the midst of our grieving.

Lovingly offered by Lois Andrews

Jacqueline Muollo
   Posted Mon May 29, 2017
Dear Ann, Jeremy, Kathy, Marilyn, and Ray: I am so sorry that Artie has gone. I know he is with the Lord. I pray that all of you will be comforted with the memories and love you had for him and he for you. I offer my prayers, condolences and love to all of you during this difficult time.

Claire Valcourt
   Posted Mon May 29, 2017
Dear Anne Marie and Jeremy and family,
We did not get to know Artie to well through the years, but what we remember most about him was his quietness and the calmness that he radiated, along with his great smile. We remember your outdoor wedding, which we were very excited to attend, as this was very different from what we were used to. We were especially pleased in the past few years to realize that you were both soo accepting of everyone and their unique individualities, thoughts and feelings.
Bernie and I are so very sorry for your loss, but know that he is now at peace and no longer suffering.
Sending you our love and our prayers, Bernie and Claire

Carol McDonald
   Posted Mon May 29, 2017
Dearest Anne Marie and Jeremy,
My heart is full of sadness at the loss of your beloved husband and father. Artie had many special talents and gifts. He never ever made you feel he was superior in any way, although he was in so many ways! His kind loving gentle ways always touched me as as an example of true love respect for who ever he met. It was an honor to know him and I'm blessed to call him friend.
God bless him and you both during this difficult time.

Carol xoxo

Anne Marie Lavigne
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017

I am the wife of Arthur J Lavigne, Jr... and I just want to take this opportunity to thank each and every person that reached to us throughout Artie's 8-year illness and also to our son, Jeremy. To Artie's siblings - Kathy, Marilyn and Ray, please know that we ache for each of you as much as we do for ourselves. Also to his cousins, nieces and nephews, friends, colleagues, students, neighbors, his doctors and nurses - to all who knew him and loved him, please know that 'my belief' is that only his body had died. His essence, however, is forever. My heartfelt belief. Much love to each of you.

Denise & Glenn Marcinuk
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Anne Marie & Jeremy,

Artie was so much more than any one person could write. He had a gentle kind manner and a smile that made you feel at home. He leaves a hugh hole in our lives, family and in our hearts. The only consolation is that he is no longer suffering and is in a better place. Our wish for each of you is that the many memories and love you shared is forever in your hearts. Love you both tons! Love Dee & Glenn xxx ooo

Diane Capua
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
When I think of Artie a Smile comes to my face!! I so enjoyed his gentle nature and always felt conversation came so easily with him. First comes to mind is his eagerness to dance to the song ~ "Jeremy was a Bullfrog". I would get up on the dance floor just to join in on his excitement.
I always felt his Love for Family especially. He was a simple man that so appreciated and only expected ~ " Just was was Free in Life and no more!! He always smiled when he'd witness Anne Marie and I in our crazy laughter and say, "I so enjoy hearing you both laugh; you love one another so very much"
I Love you Artie and I Salute your Fantastic Life with great Pride to have had you as my Brother in Law and You surely will be missed!
Kisses and hugs to you always!!

Judy Wilson
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Aunt Anne, Jeremy, Kristen & Brynn,

Words can't express how sorry we are for your loss. We have spent the past several days talking as a family and warmly remembering what a joy Uncle Artie always was to be around. He will be missed greatly.

I am so happy that I had the opportunity to visit with him this past April. I left that visit so happy because it truly was one of the most enjoyable (and there are many) visits I ever had with him. I will always hold that visit is a special place in my heart.

Please know we are here for all of you with love, support and prayers.
All our love
Judy & Rick

Claudette & John Medvecky
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Dear Anne & Jeremy: Although we did not see Artie often, we'll always remember him as a kind. & gentle man with a beautiful smile. We offer our deepest sympathies & will keep you in our prayers. With love Claudette & John.

Dana Osborne
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Dear Anne Marie and Jeremy(Jerry), this loss saddens me deeply. You all welcomed me in your home and family since I was about 10. Your home was like a second home to me. I have countless summer days there in your pool, many nights watching movies or sports in your living room. Or playing soccer in your yard. And every time no matter the circumstances. Artie was there welcoming me with a smile, food, or anything i needed to show me I was a part of your family. He supported me through soccer and basketball games whether I needed a ride or just great encouragement. I was never as talented as Jeremy and our friends but that never stopped Artie from cheering me on and telling me how well I did. He was such a main stay in my life for so long. I couldn't imagine growing up in a better situation than for having him there for me so many countless times.

   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find comfort and peace in loving memories of your father.
Becky Graveline

Connie Richards
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Jeremy and Family:
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad.
May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish.
Connie Richards
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Dorothy and Ray Landry
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Artie’s welcoming and friendly smile is what is present to us as we write this note. We are also deeply aware of his courage and determination as he walked the most challenging journey of these past several years. He was certainly loved by all who met him. That love was most clearly evident in your unflinching devotion, Anne Marie, as you walked beside him and supported him every step of the way. His joys were your joys, and his pain and disappointments were shared by you as well.

May you, Anne Marie, Jeremy, Kristin, Brynn, and all his family, relatives, and friends find peace in the love that he shared with all of us.

Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy,
Dorothy and Ray Landry

Kathleen Barone
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Dear Annemarie -may your days that lie ahead be filled with faith love and light. May the beautiful memories you shared with Arthur fill your heart with much joy on days especially on days it may be difficult to smile. While never having the chance to meet your beloved husband for myself from what I gather he was truly a man of greatness . May he rest in peace

   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Deepest commiserations to the whole family.

I only met Artie twice, but I was struck by what a lovely man he was — kind, gentle, and thoughtful. I regret that we didn't have more time to get to know each other, but spending even a little time with him was a privilege I'm glad to have had.

Pat (Rose) Smith
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017

Dear Anne Marie, Jeremy & Family,

So sorry for your lost, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
With Love & Sympathy,

Russell Croteau
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Dear Aunty & Jeremy, I'm so sorry for your loss and other family member's. Uncle Arty always had a smile
on hisface that had a calming effect on folks he came in contact with. I always loved his little chuckle. He seemed to me as a gentle man that I always admired. God Bless Russ

Cecile Fahey
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Dear Anne Marie,

So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

My deepest sympathy.

Cecile (Gosselin) Fahey

Jolene Croteau
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Dearest Auntie Ann & Jeremy and Family

When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now.

My sincere condolences to you.

David St. Michael
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
My deepest condolences to family and friends on the passing of Mr. Lavigne.

Sarah Boak
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
I didn't have the privilege of meeting Artie, but I know from all the things that Anne-Marie has told me, what a loving, gentle and special person he was. I'm sending much love to all the family at this sad time, you are in my thoughts.

Lee Tenczar
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Prayers for you and your family. From what I knew of Artie he was a very nice, brilliant man. I am glad that I had the opportunity to visit with both of you prior to his transfer to Lahey. He is free from pain and now looks over his family from heaven.

   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Artie was a loving teacher. I'm very grateful to have known him while he was here in body on this earth.
I feel we had a connection in the logical way of health and nutrition. I loved his laugh, as it was a laugh from his soul.
Deepest love, light, and metta to Anne-Marie, Jeremy, and all those who knew and loved Artie.
May all be blessed

Marie Crowley
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Dear cousin Anne Marie & Jeremy, we extend our sympathy to you and your family. We did not know Artie well but definitely feel how much he was loved by all who knew him and because of how compassionate and caring you are Anne Marie, we know he was your soul mate and a great man. May all of your beautiful memories of him comfort you as you grieve and reflect on the life and time you had together. Love and hugs, Joe, Marie and Uncle Ray.

Paul Croteau
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
I will certainly miss this gentle peaceful man. Artie radiated peace to everyone he interacted with his smile his personality projected peace and tranquility. The only time I witnessed his competitive side was on the racquet ball court and on the golf course. I am so proud to say he was my brother-in-law and my sisters husband. Loved his one on one conversations and that is when I realized how intelligent he was. Anne Marie and Jeremy will surely miss him.

cheryl hyatt
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Dear AnnMarie & Family,

My sincere condolences & prayers are with you at this difficult time. Going through a recent loss in my family, I understand how hard this truly is. I am sure that the solace you find from other friends and relatives will bless and strengthen you. I was once told that those we give to God are never absent from us. Will be praying that He gives you an abundance of grace & solace in the days to come.

Della (Begin) Fleming
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Dear Anne Marie, Jeremy and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers. God Bless!

Mike and Tina Boisvert
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Artie touched everyone he met.
Tina and I would like to share these words from Viktor Frankl
" ... In the past, nothing is irretrievably lost, on the contrary, everything is irrevocably stored and treasured. To be sure, people tend to see only the stubble fields of transitoriness but overlook and forget the full granaries of the past into which they have brought the harvest of their lives: the deeds done, the loves loved, and last but not least, the sufferings they have gone through with courage and dignity."

Bhavani Brown
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
My sympathies to Anne Marie, Jeremy, Kristin,Brynn and the Lavigne Family!

Artie was truly a gem and always a pleasure to be around. I will remember him for his twinkling blue eyes, smile, and goodness. But especially his endearing chuckle. I loved it when Artie asked a question and really wanted to hear what your answer was. It felt that he was intrigued with how you would respond so that he could reflect and then would give it his full consideration. Artie had such a gift of tenderness and had such a generous spirit living life from the inside out. I will always remember Artie's kindness and that special glowing smile which was contagious with anyone he came in contact with. I remember an incident when I couldn't walk after tearing a muscle in martial arts - back in the day. Artie was called and without hesitation quickly arrived to drive my car home so that my husband Richard could take me to the doctors. Yes Artie, you will be greatly missed!
Soo much love,

Daniel Herring
   Posted Wed May 31, 2017
Dear Lavignes,

Artie was a very cool guy and 1 of a kind. I didn't know him well but I knew much about him and I liked him well. I'm sorry for your loss.


Christopher Sutton
   Posted Wed May 31, 2017
Dear Lavigne Family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Artie will be missed. I will fondly remember his contagious laugh, his kind heart and his happy smile. I remember him on the sidelines of every game cheering Jerry and the team on, he was a devoted father and fan. It feels like yesterday where he would greet us upon entering the house watching his favorite sports or one of his so many movies. I spent a lot of my high school years in and out of the house and he and his family treated me as one of their own and for that I thank you all. Rest In Peace.

Terry & Mark Libby
   Posted Wed May 31, 2017
My dearest, dearest sister, I just have to tell you how very, very proud I am of you, especially today. Your MOST DIFFICULT yet you at your VERY, VERY BEST. I cannot conceive even doing a small portion of what you pulled off. You BOTH amazed us. There are no words to say how beautifully done Artie's service was. Jeremy paid his dad all the honor and love Artie SOO deserved. I could just feel Artie beaming w/pride and love for his wife, son and family. Your love, so present, your few words said it all. Your wonderful son, wife Kristin and Brynn (what an angel). Artie's family was also so kind and loving during their most heartfelt pain.

Mark and I want you to know that we are here for you, remember that and please don't forget it. May the good Lord's blessings shine upon you daily and give you the courage, strength and love you will need and so deserve.

Compliments to: Father Andre Gosselin for such a beautiful mass. It was difficult for him as well for he loss his good buddy.

Compliments as well to: Kristin, wife of Jeremy, for doing such a beautiful spread of Artie's life which showed soo many sides of him and the common denominator was "his warm smile".

Christopher Brown
   Posted Thu June 01, 2017
I had some good times talking and hanging out with Artie.
Even though I'm not his blood relative, I felt like he was part of our family.
He'll be missed.
I know he'll be content of where ever he is.

Julia Reed (soon to be Osborne)
   Posted Thu June 01, 2017
It was such a privilege to attend his services. Though I never met him, his light shines bright through Dana and all whom encountered him. Dana loved him as a father.

Cheryl L Surprenant
   Posted Thu June 01, 2017
Mrs. Lavigne, Jerry, and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Lavigne was always so welcoming and I really enjoyed our chats when stopping by to see Jerry. He always had a huge smile on his face and a sweet little chuckle when amused... that's exactly how I remember him. I feel lucky to have known him. May he now rest in peace.

Kindest Regards,

Lindsay Fortin
   Posted Thu June 01, 2017
When I think of Uncle Artie I instantly picture him smiling because that's what he was always doing! I remember him helping me sort through the hundreds (or maybe thousands) of movies before I had my surgery so I would have something to keep me busy during my recovery. I hadn't thought about that day in all these 20+ years but when I heard he had passed, that memory popped right into my head. Maybe he's the one who shared it with me!

Auntie Anne Marie and Jeremy, sending lots of prayers and love and so many hugs your way.

Love, Lindsay xoxo ❤️❤️❤️

Nicki Boisvert
   Posted Sun June 11, 2017
It was such a blessing to have Artie as a part of the extended family. He was a kind and gentle soul with a quiet smile and I am so grateful to have been able to see him this past Thanksgiving (as well as for years of course!). Much love.

Bill Reger-Nash
   Posted Tue June 27, 2017
I have known about Artie and his work since the sixties. Although I did not have the opportunity to work directly with him, his Selfless Love for others was a dimension of his life that radiated. I personally am grateful Artie's love and that of his family.

Reggie Diss
   Posted Tue June 27, 2017
Artie's life is a true inspiration to all of us. He leaves a blessed legacy, and those of us who 'walked with him' were fortunate to have done so.

Lillian Murgia
   Posted Wed June 28, 2017
Dear Anne Marie, I think of you all very often . My prayers are with you. I certainly was an honor to meet and have you in my life all these years. Artie was a huge part of your life , in a way of being an extension of you. To know you was to know Artie. I loved the freedom he gave you in life. When ever I had a medical question he always made you feel better about whatever you asked him. I miss seeing you walking through your door with that welcoming smile of his. May you have peace and lots of love surround you with all the beautiful memories you cherish of the wonderful life you had together. Love and God Bless you and your family. Lillian and Leo

Brian Croteau
   Posted Wed June 28, 2017
Dear Aunti Anne and Jeremy,

I love you guys so much and loved uncle Artie just as much. I miss him and remember talking with him at the holidays and other functions when we would get together. He was always interested in what I was doing and what was going on in my life. He always had good advice and knowing how smart he was I was always eager to listen. I also know that him and my father loved enjoying Manhattans together when they were younger and loved to hear story's about it. I will always miss him and if there is anything ever needed I hope you know that I'm a phone call away and am always available.

With Love,
Brian, Dawn, Ayla and Brenna

Marguerite B Mesiti
   Posted Wed June 28, 2017
Anne and family
You and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers. Artie will always be with you in spirit especially in troubled times.

George M Conboy
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
Dear Anne Marie and Jeremy ... Thank you for including us in your note of gratitude & sending on the eulogy. Both were beautiful & we appreciated being able to see them. Artie was certainly a very special person and he is greatly missed! Our hearts & prayers are with you & your family & friends. Affectionately -- George Conboy & Janet Bideaux

Claire and Bernie Valcourt
   Posted Fri July 28, 2017
His legacy lives on with Jeremy, who is so much like his dad, and Brynn, his loving granddaughter. Anne Marie, his love shines in your smile and your outlook on life. The world is missing a beautiful person. Love you.

Rich Shaw
   Posted Sun July 30, 2017
Dear Anne and family members. As a member of tne Marist Brothers community in the 50's, I am so aware of the spirit that existed among the Marist students, and Brothers. Artie, a dedicated member of the community was a remarkable member and good friend to all. The many tributes speak well about this wonderful man. I did not share class with Artie but feel closeness to him which has been shared with so many others. May Artie rest in peace as he awaits his many friends. May God bless you and all your family. JMJ...Rich

Kathy Boisvert
   Posted Sun July 30, 2017
After Don planted sunflowers seeds in our garden to honor my brother, these plantings now stand proud, strong and majestic! The sunflowers are even smiling the gentle, genuine smile that always radiated from Artie.

Soon these flowers will go to seed, scatter, root and blossom again-very much like Artie's life. He always bloomed so magnificently where ever he was planted. And right now and for always, Artie's remarkably beautiful spirit continues to blossom in the hearts of his dearest Anne Marie,
cherished son, Jeremy and loving family and friends.

Thank you dear brother for all the sunshine you gave and continue to
give to my life. Love, Sis

Anand Somasekharan
   Posted Tue August 01, 2017
I met Arthur & Anne Marie when my wife Erika and I bought their house in Pelham in 2015. We instantly liked them both. Arthur was always generous of heart and advise. I reached out to him multiple times to ask his advise on maintaining the pool and he was always generous with his advise. While living in his old home, I always felt his loving presence and the care with which he maintained his home. He was also kind enough to leave me a lot of his books and I will cherish them dearly. Even though we hadn't known each other long, I am still stunned at how quickly he was taken away from this world and I will grieve his absence and cherish his memory every time I pick up one of his books. A human's success in life is truly measured by how the person is missed when he/she has moved on. By that measure, he sure had a mighty life.

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