Albert J. ‘Al’ Vachon Jr.

March 6, 2016

Albert J. ‘Al’ Vachon Jr.
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

ALBERT J. “Al” VACHON JR. – of Woburn, Sunday, March 6th. Beloved husband of Rita A.(Cappucci)Vachon. Devoted father of Albert J. Vachon III, his wife Theresa of Ayer and Mary-Elizabeth Vachon, her husband David Vimont of NYC. Dear brother of Virginia Cook of Pembroke, and the late Richard and Carlton Vachon, Janice Backgren and Ruth Kilbey. Cherished “Grumpa” of Patrick and Brandon Vachon and Jonah and Gabriele Vimont. Albert is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, March 11th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Margaret’s Church, 109 Winn Street, Burlington, at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to calling hours Thursday, March 10th, 4-8 p.m. At the request of the family in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Al’s memory to the Woburn Council of Social Concern, 2 Merrimac Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Albert Joseph Vachon, Jr., a long time Woburn resident, formerly of Bridgewater, MA, passed away at the age of 87 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.

Albert was born in Bridgewater, MA on May 21, 1928 and was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Mabel Vachon, two brothers, Richard and Carlton Vachon, and sisters; Janice Backgren and Ruth Kilbey.

Albert, known as ‘Al’ to his family and friends is survived by his beloved wife Rita (Cappucci) Vachon of Woburn, his son Albert and wife Theresa of Ayer, MA, and his daughter Mary-Elizabeth and her husband, David Vimont of New York. Al was known as ‘Grumpa’ to his four grandchildren: Patrick and Brandon Vachon of Ayer, MA and Jonah and Gabriele Vimont of New York. He is also leaves his dear and fun-loving sister, Virginia Cook of Pembroke, MA, a supportive brother-in-law, Robert Cappucci, a prayerful sister-in-law, Angela Cambria, and many loving and devoted nieces and nephews.

Al was the President of Bridgewater High School’s class of 1946 and helped design the class yearbook by creating a cartoon drawing of each of his classmates. Directly after graduation, Al enlisted in the Navy and served at the US Naval Station in Corpus Christi, Texas where he did mechanical work on airplanes used to train pilots. Al graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1952 and received his Master’s in Education from Bridgewater State University in 1958. Early in his career, he was an art instructor for the public school system of Dunstable, MA. He continued his career in the Woburn public school system as an art educator to children in the elementary grades for 38 years. It was at the Goodyear School, where he met the love of his life, Rita, a second grade teacher at the time, and they have been happily married and residing in Woburn for over 51 years.

Al was a long-time member of the Woburn Guild of Artists and an avid Boston sports fan. He often listened to Red Sox and Celtics games on the radio while working on his latest project. Al was a very talented oil and water color painter, wood carver, and sculptor. He also had a ‘green thumb’ and kept a garden for many years, sharing his summer bounty of cucumbers, tomatoes and green beans with neighbors and family. Al enjoyed keeping up with and discussing current events and completed the Boston Globe crossword puzzle just about every day. Al also enjoyed special family times at Halibut Point, Gloucester beaches, and vacations at Cape Cod, barbecues at the Cook’s, reunions at the Kilbey-Fox’s, many holidays and delicious meals with the Cappucci’s. Meaningful conversations with Al, his thoughtful and genuine advice, and his dry wit will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, March 11th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Margaret’s Church, 109 Winn Street, Burlington, at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to calling hours Thursday, March 10th, 4-8 p.m. At the request of the family in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Al’s memory to the Woburn Council of Social Concern, 2 Merrimac Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Hello Rita,

    We are in Florida for the winter. We are so sorry about the loss of your husband Al. Both Mary and I remember him as being our art teacher when we were in elementary school.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord bring you Peace.

    Mary & Bill Sullivan (Assisi Group)

  2. Dear Rita,
    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Sending you love,
    Mary MacDonald

  3. Sorry for your loss. I remember “Mr. Vachon” from the Wyman School around 45 years ago. I never knew where he went since I only remember him being there one year. He was a very nice person that I remembered after all this time.

  4. Dear Vachon Family,

    So very sorry for your loss.

    We will miss having lobster with Uncle Al at the family reunions. The world has lost a very talented artist.

    Blessings from the Fox Family and the Gorman Family

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