MONTGOMERY — Arthur St.Onge, age 81, husband of Lorraine (Holmes) St.Onge and President of St.Onge Construction Co., passed away after a long unrelenting battle with cancer on Wednesday evening, Feb. 26, 2014 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans with his loving family at his side.
He was born April 23, 1932 in Montgomery Center, the son of the late Arthur and Marjorie (Purrier) St.Onge.
Arthur attended school in Montgomery and Enosburg. At a young age he started working with his father in the family logging and road construction business. In 1953 he was drafted in to the U.S. Army during the Korean War serving on the front lines. Following his honorable discharge Arthur went back to work for his father and then went to work on road construction for several contractors. He married Lorraine Holmes on Aug. 7, 1959 and they traveled wherever his work would take him throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine while the interstate highway system was being built. Arthur and Lorraine returned with their family to Montgomery in 1964 when they started their own construction company. A.L. St.Onge Contractors became one of the largest bridge contractors in the state with the help of his two sons and other family members. Arthur assumed an active role in the business until his death. He loved to run all of his machinery and enjoyed teaching his family his trade.
Arthur was a member of the Masons Lodge in Richford for 58 years. He was also a member of the Mount Sinai Shrine in Montpelier; the American Legion Post #42 of Enosburg Falls and the VFW Post # 7779 of Hyde Park.
Arthur enjoyed camping at Lake Carmi and spending the winters at their home in Deltona, Florida where he spent many hours on the river boating or going to the machinery auctions in Kissimmee.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lorraine St.Onge of Montgomery; his daughter, Donna St.Onge of Burlington; his sons, Stephen St.Onge and his wife, Lisa of Colchester, Arthur “Artie” St.Onge Jr. of Montgomery, and Randall “Randy” St.Onge and his wife, Stacey, of Montgomery; he adored his grandchildren, Scott, Brooke, Madison and Thomas St.Onge, Jamie Curtis, Elizabeth and Christopher Edwards, David and Jared McGinley; his sisters, Alice Shover and her husband, Rollin, of St. Albans, Beverly Sylvester of Franklin, and Marylin Abell and her husband, Rodney “Mickey” of Enosburg Falls; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ernest “Clement” Lariviere of Richford; Marjorie St. John of East Montpelier, Gertrude Austin of St. Albans, Clayton Holmes and his wife, Gail, of South Burlington, Clinton Holmes and his wife Joyce of Richford, Lawrence Holmes and his wife, Donna, of Essex, Raymond Holmes and his wife, Linda, of Guilford, and Sonia Holmes of Richford; many nieces and nephews. Arthur was predeceased by his parents, Arthur St. Onge, Marjorie (Purrier) St.Onge and Margaret St.Onge; his sisters, Arlene Lariviere, Pauline Baker, Lillian Hicks and Albina Gibney; his son-in-law, Bill Hanlon; and his brother-in-law, Clifton Holmes.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church, 245 Church St., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Edward Sorrell officiating. Interment with military honors will take place at the convenience of the family this spring in the Montgomery Village Cemetery
Visiting hours will be held Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.
For those who wish, contributions in Arthur’s memory may be made to Montgomery United Methodist Church, C/O Merle Van Geisen, 3539 West Hill Road, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450 or to the Montgomery Historical Society, P.O. Box 47, Montgomery, VT. 05470.
Condolences may be sent to Arthur’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.