GRANVILLE -- Donald H. Viger, 68, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, from Granville, N.Y., passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Glens Falls Hospital following a 10-year battle with esophageal cancer with his loving family by his side.
Born Nov. 10, 1943, in Glens Falls, N.Y., he was the son of the late Leo and Helen (Benson) Viger.
He graduated from Granville Central School in 1962.
He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D. There, he met and married the love of his life, Hilda R. Odom. They were united in marriage Feb. 8, 1964. Following his discharge, they returned to Granville, where they made their home together.
Don was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of Granville. He was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 323 of Granville and served on its Honor Guard.
Don retired from St. Gobain Plastics in Granville after 30 years of service. He had numerous hobbies, including music, woodworking, magic, leather crafts and fishing. Another passion of his was painting. You can find many of his trademark paintings on saw blades in many homes around the region. One of his best characteristics was his sense of humor. He was known by many to be the one to play a joke. He was always making someone smile or laugh. Most of all, Don enjoyed spending time with his loving wife, his wonderful daughters, and his grandchildren and friends.
He is best remembered for his love of music and guitars. Singing melodies to family and friends was his favorite pastime. In his younger years, his band, The Other Half, played in various establishments throughout the area.
He loved to take his grandchildren fishing and was often at competition with his grandson Austin as to who caught the biggest fish.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son-in-law, Austin B. Campbell Jr., who passed away in 1986.
Left to cherish many fond memories are his wife, Hilda, of Granville; his daughters, Terri (Ronald) Boisclair of Granville, Mona (Chip) Lenz of Starksboro, Vt., and Tammy (Richard) Rathbun of Granville; his grandchildren, Austin Campbell, Kenny VanGuilder, Erika and Sierra Boisclair, Laura Lenz, and Erin, Kyle and Nathan Rathbun; and his two great-grandchildren, Kylee and Austin Campbell; his brothers, Raymond (Tabitha) Viger of Granville, Alfred (Betty) Viger of Schuylerville, N.Y., Tom Vischer of Glens Falls and Steve (Robin) Viger of Melbourne, Fla.; his sisters, Carolee Sipowicz of Saratoga Springs, Leigh (Richard) Hendy and Dale Masten of Melbourne, Fla.; he is also survived by his many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his best friend, Michael Angiolillo of Granville and Whitehall.
Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Bulkley Avenue, Granville, with the Rev. Thomas Zelker officiating.
Following the funeral Mass, the American Legion Post No. 323 of Granville will conduct a service with full military honors at the church.
At the conclusion of the services Friday, family and friends are invited to continue the celebration of Don’s life at a reception to be held at the American Legion Post No. 323, Columbus Street in Granville.
Don’s family extends its heartfelt thanks to C.R. Wood Cancer Center, Dr. Robert Sponzo and Jean Van Auken and to the Tower 2 staff, especially Crystal (Kit). Your love and compassion during this difficult time was so much comfort to us.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Don’s memory to C.R. Wood Cancer Center, Glens Falls Hospital, 102 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there. I did not die.