Jean-Paul Lague passed to be with His Lord and Savior in peace on April 7, 2017. He joined those whom he had loved, who had passed before him in Heaven. He was born in Brigham, Quebec on December 21, 1930 to Aloysius and Eugenie Lague, the 10th of 12 children. He lived the first 20 years of his life in Quebec, going to school and working on his family's farm and on neighborhood farms as well. At the age of 21, he was offered employment in Vermont. He chose to leave his native Canada and come to the United States to begin a new life here. He worked very hard and grew to love Vermont. He learned all he could about American Heritage and became a naturalized citizen as quickly as he could. He was truly "proud to be an American".
He met and married Janice Senna and they brought seven children into the world. They are: Lilie Couture and her husband David and their three children Christina, Justin and Chad; Jackie Enos and her husband Joseph; Larry and his wife Mary and their two sons Paul and Michael; Philip and his wife Debbie and their son Christopher: Richard; Monica Ploof and her two sons Aaron and Daniel and a special friend Mark McCormick. Also, his son Frank and his daughter Samantha. He also leaves 14 great grandchildren. Jean- Paul eventually left farming and became employed with IBM "when it was young." He spent 35 years there and upon his retirement, he became a full time care provider for his second wife, Nancy. He also leaves Nancy's family: Bruce Cote (deceased) and his wife Beverly and their three children Katie, Griffin and Graham; Arlene Osha and her daughter Keri and son Brian; and Pamela Elwert and husband John and son Nathan. Jean Paul loved all of his children, grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Jean-Paull loved gardening strawberries and vegetables, enough to feed all of Colchester! He thoroughly enjoyed auto racing at Catamount Raceway and could often be seen with all 7 children in tow to enjoy the races. He loved music and was an amazing fiddler. He was a lifetime member of the North East Fiddlers and Adirondack Fiddlers. He was very happy to share his love of music with young people especially.
His Catholic Faith was very important to him. He had been a parishioner at Holy Cross Church for over 60 years and was a Third Degree Knight of Columbus. Most recently he attended Mass at St. Peter's Church in Vergennes and enjoyed hearing Fr. Yvon Royer speak. A celebration of Jean-Paul's life will be held at Holy Cross Church in Malletts Bay on Wednesday April 12, at 11:00 am. Interment at a later date in the Spring at Holy Cross Cemetary in Malletts Bay. Arrangements are by the LaVigne Funeral and Cremation Service, 132 Main St. In Winooski. Online condolences may be sent to www.lavignefuneralhome.com.
He will be greatly missed...