Jeremie "Jerry" Joseph's Story
Jeremie “Jerry” Joseph Vigneault, longtime Salisbury resident, died early Friday morning, November 24, 2017, at High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill at the age of 72.
The eldest of 10 children of the late Joseph Herman Vigneault and the late Marguerite (Garand) Vigneault, he was born in Newburyport on July 23, 1945. He grew up on Prospect Street in Amesbury, and graduated from Amesbury High School in 1963. He was dubbed the Flying Frenchman while running for the Amesbury Track Team, making and breaking his own records, and continued to run impressive long distances after high school.
He proudly served with the United States Navy aboard the USS Mispillion during the Vietnam War, from July 13, 1965, until his honorable discharge on July 12, 1971, with the rank of E-3 FN (naval fireman).
Jerry worked as a milkman at Riverside Dairy in Salisbury after coming home from Vietnam, and purchased the business shortly thereafter, making “Jerry’s Home Delivery” a well-known local institution of old fashioned reliability with a friendly face. When long hours and physical demands took their toll, he sold his beloved business and worked at Lowe’s until his retirement, where he enjoyed the same kind of personal connection and loyal following he found on his milk routes. His easy going nature, willingness to go above and beyond, his honesty, and his genuine love of people endeared him to everyone he met.
A lifelong enthusiast of classic cars and hot rods, Jerry built his own in 1972 and joined the Cam Snappers Hot Rod Club of Newburyport in the same year.
In addition to his beloved wife and soul mate, Rebecca (Jaques) Vigneault of Salisbury, he leaves behind a son, Jeremie Joseph Vigneault Jr. and wife, Emily of Williston, Vt.; a daughter, Christine Marie Vigneault and husband, Andrew Getchell of Concord, N.H.; five brothers, Paul Vigneault and wife, Janet of Amesbury, Arthur Vigneault and wife, Jan of Merrimac, Joseph Vigneault and wife, Valerie of Amesbury, Rene Vigneault of Salisbury, and Robert Vigneault of Amesbury; three sisters, Lucille LaRiviere of Haverhill, Jeanne Moore and husband, Bill of Salem, N.H., and Marie Hunter and husband, Dana of Berwick, Maine; and a sister-in-law, Cathy Vigneault of South Hampton, N.H.; as well as four grandchildren of whom he was fiercely proud, Colin Joseph Getchell, Aaron Matthew Vigneault, Norah Elisabeth Vigneault, and William Alan Getchell. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and many dear lifelong friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Roland Vigneault.
Calling hours will be held this Wednesday, November 29, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport. The Funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Old South Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal Street, Newburyport, followed by the interment at Oak Hill Cemetery on Parker Street in Newbury. If you would like to honor Jerry by supporting a cause near to his heart, memorial contributions may be sent to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
Published on  November 27, 2017