South Hero – Alan Walter Pidgeon, 82, died peacefully late Sunday evening, June 14, 2020 at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, surrounded by his loving family.
Alan was born on September 13, 1937 in Burlington, the son of Walter and Carlyss (Frechette) Pidgeon. He grew up in South Hero, living there all of his life.
Alan graduated from Milton High School and was the first in his family to attend college. Alan graduated from the University of Vermont in 1960 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He became a registered professional engineer and land surveyor.
He began working for the Vermont Agency of Transportation in 1957 and left in 1964 to form Engineers Inc. of Vermont, a civil design consulting firm. In 1965, he expanded the firm into construction with the formation of Engineers Construction, Inc. (ECI). He served as president until his sons took over in May of 2004.
ECI was a huge part of Alan’s life where he established life - long relationships with countless employees, vendors, and customers.
Alan enjoyed deer hunting with his longtime friend Norm Wright in Westminster West, VT; boating on the Big Bird with many trips to Burton Island; socializing with friends and family, especially at Thanksgiving and holidays at the farm; traveling to Bonaire every winter with friends and to other destinations; watching UVM Catamount Hockey at the Gutt. He also loved bird watching.
Alan is survived by his wife of 36 years, Maureen Pidgeon of So. Hero; by his sons Kenneth Pidgeon and his wife Sherry of Williston and Scott Pidgeon and his wife Kimberly of Essex; his first wife, Virginia Largent of Fayetteville, NC; and by Maureen’s son William “Will” Liporace and his wife Lois of Niskayuna, NY. He is also survived by his grandchildren Nicholas and wife Sarah; Elizabeth; Thomas and wife Kaitlyn; Megan; by his brother Winston Pidgeon and his wife Mary of South Hero and his sister Elinor Burttram of North Hero and by several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his granddaughter Sarah Marie Pidgeon May 14, 2008.
A private burial will be in the South Hero Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank all of Alan’s care-givers over the past year including the VNA nurses and therapists, and personal friend and physician, Dr. Mark Pitcher.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Alan’s memory to UVM Knight Scholarship Fund, 411 Main Street Burlington, VT 05401; C.I.D.E.R. 324 US-2, South Hero, VT 05486; UVM Home Health & Hospice 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446; McClure Miller Respite House, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.
For those who wish, online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com
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