Gerald "Jerry" LaVigne, 81, of Broadway Rd., Plattsburgh, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at UVHN-CVPH Medical Center.
He was born in Plattsburgh on May 27, 1938, the son of Gerald and Elizabeth (Darrah) LaVigne.
Jerry was a Marine veteran serving from 1956 to 1958. He married the former Ann Marie Gallagher in 1957.
Jerry was a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, where he received a Masters Degree in guidance counseling. While at SUNY he was the captain of the men's soccer team his junior and senior years, receiving All Team NYS. He was a teacher at Beekmantown Central School, and coached football at St. John's School and also Beekmantown Central School. Jerry was an avid hunter and fisherman; he also enjoyed being in his garden and taking care of his cats.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Marie LaVigne of Plattsburgh; his children, Dr. Keri Langenstein, Dr. Allison Linquist, Mary Elizabeth LaVigne; three amazing grandchildren, Matt, Erin and Emma.
A celebration of Jerry's life will be held at a time and place to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Animal Rescue & Welfare Services, P.O. Box 2341 Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
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Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, Plattsburgh.
Published on November 25, 2019


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Sophie Crawford
Dec 02, 2019
My heartfelt condolences for your family. Mr. LaVigne was my sixth grade teacher. He motivated me to believe in myself and to persevere through life storms. He was always there to talk to when my dad was deployed. He will be truly missed. 💐💐💐
Kathryn Creighton Brethour
Nov 29, 2019
I’m so very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Anne Marie and Jerry were the driving force in my battle through my TBI. Jerry was always quick with a joke or the many stories of his life which were hilarious. We still, after many years, refer to many a tale from Jerry’s life. Anne Marie and Jerry also inspired my cat rescuing efforts which continue in full force to this day.
Margaret F. St.Clair Coryer
Nov 28, 2019
Dear Ann Marie and Family,
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry. To you and the girls I send my love and prayers during this difficult time. Remembering your wonderful family from Broad St. School days and beyond.
Nancy Fayette
Nov 27, 2019
Anne Marie, I just went to check obituaries. Had gotten a call from some of the classmates asking how everyone is. I'll see if I can get some of them together. So sorry.
Kathy Coyle
Nov 27, 2019
My dear Uncle Jerry and my god father, I will miss you so much. But I know you are in a better place now. Hoping that you are hunting and fishing to your hearts content and loving every minute of it. Luv ya!
Janet Coyle
Nov 27, 2019
Sure will miss my good friend and dearly beloved brother. We had lots of good years together.
Nov 26, 2019
I will miss my grandfather forever. He was the most amazing man.
Bob Rose
Nov 26, 2019
Grew up next door to the LaVignes in the 50s and Jerry and I were like brothers. He was the closest friend I ever had and I will finally look him up, up there soon. My heartfelt condolences to Ann Marie and Family. Go Red Sox!
Kimberly fountain
Nov 26, 2019
May one of the greatest teachers that had ever walked into BCS rest in peace.... Was blessed by having this great man as my sixth grade teacher... Condolences to the family...
Carrie Favaro
Nov 25, 2019
I was so sorry to hear that Jerry has passed. I remember him fondly as a great teacher and dear friend and colleague of my Dad. My condolences to Ann Marie, the girls, and grandchildren. My Dad was asking about his services. We will watch for an update at a later time.
Jon Ford
Nov 25, 2019
My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Lavigne family. I was lucky enough to have him as a teacher in elementary school and as a coach in high school. What a wonderful mentor and example, the positive impact that he made on many generations of students is immeasurable.