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Lucille and Richard Chagnon

June 1, 1936 – May 25, 2016

March 21, 1942 – May 24, 2018

Lucille T. Chagnon, 79, of Chincoteague Island, VA passed away in Salisbury, MD. She was born in Gardner, MA to the late Fred Tessier Sr. and Alfreda (Ross) Noel. She was a member of Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church where she served as a lector. A life long teacher at every level of education including ten years at Rutgers University as a literacy teacher and coordinator, she has written three books focused on her work in literacy: Easy Reader, Learner, Writer, Voice Hidden Voice Heard: A Reading and Writing Anthology, and You Yes YOU Can Teach Someone To Read: A Step by Step How-to Book.


Lucille is survived by her loving spouse of 38 years, Richard J. Chagnon of Chincoteague Island, VA; Two Sons: Daniel J. Chagnon of Riverside, NJ, David L. Chagnon and his wife Rita of Riverside, NJ; Granddaughter: Sierra B. Chagnon of Riverside, NJ; Three Grandsons: Gavin J. Chagnon of Wilmington, DE, Evan J. Chagnon of Riverside, NJ, Aidan Chagnon of Riverside, NJ; Sister: Claudia Tessier and her husband Peter Waegemann of Berlin, Germany; several nieces and nephews.



Richard, What a quality lady – intelligent, kind, sweet, and very, very generous in giving to the community. Please know that you are in our hearts and minds and that we will always remember Lucille with fondness.
~~  Sandy and Mark Laken


My heartfelt condolences, Richard. Lucille was an inspiring lady, a perfect partner for you, and my favorite Opera companion (even though she didn’t really like opera…)!

          ~~  Barbara Monegan


What marvelous memories I have of my friend Lucille, we taught school together in Hudson NH and have similar interests. She inspired me so much and suggested readings that changed my life. I Pray for the family and will keep her memory in my heart.

          ~~  Sister Claire Provost


I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that Jeremiah 29: 11, 12 brings you some comfort during this difficult time.

Richard J. Chagnon, 76, of Chincoteague Island, VA passed away at PRMC in Salisbury, MD. He was born in Goffstown, NH to the late Roger and Rose (Blanchette) Chagnon.


Richard finished high school in three years and started college in 1958 at Saint Anselm’s College in Manchester and later attended the University of Ottawa. He joined the priesthood at the age of 22. He was a Priest from 1964-1977. He helped start the Right Management Counsultants/Manpower. He was a career counselor and did book reviews for Personnel Psychology. He was president of Bay Life Consulting Group and served as Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Literacy Council.


He was a member of Saint Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church. He was a key member of the Parish serving as Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council, an Organist, Bible Study Leader and much, much more.


Richard was the Executive Director and Registered Agent for the Hearts and Friends Foundation whose mission is to assist local people with extraordinary medical expenses. He also had an affinity for Veterans and current military by supporting the Chincoteague American Legion Post 159 and the annual Freedom Hunters hosting of service members to the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge for the last seven years. His Favorite quote in life was ” The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo.


Richard is survived by his two sons, Daniel J. Chagnon and his fiance’ Heather Green of Browns Mills, NJ, David L. Chagnon and his wife Rita of Riverside, NJ; two granddaughters, Sierra B. Chagnon of Riverside, NJ, Olivia M. Green of Browns Mills, NJ; three grandsons, Gavin J. Chagnon of Wilmington, DE, Evan J. Chagnon of Riverside, NJ, Aidan J. Chagnon of Riverside, NJ; two sisters, Marie Duclos and her husband John of Manchester, NH, Anne-Marie Migalli of Manchester, NH; Brother, Dr. Jean Chagnon and his wife Cindy of Bedford, NH; sister-in-law, Claudia Tessier and her husband Peter Waegemann of Berlin, Germany; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Roger Henri Chagnon, mother, Rose Ida Chagnon, wife, Lucille Chagnon, and brother-in-law, Nabil Migalli.



How devastated we are hearing of Richard’s passing. For many years, Richard and Ginny worked together at Right Management Consultants and enjoyed many years working with the firm and their great colleagues How wonderful it was to hear Richard talk often incessantly relative to his wonderful sons and how much he loved them and Lucille and how he and his wife enjoyed them so much. Our prayers are extended to all who knew Richard and his family.

          ~~  Virginia and John Lord


To the entire Chagnon family I want to extend my sincere condolences. Richard and his late wife Lucille gave me their kind and so valuable assistance when I transitioned from the RC priesthood in 1991-1994. Dick assisted me professionally and taught me job search approaches that proved to be very helpful. I have many happy memories of him as priest and as friend. May you find peace and the support of many family and friends in your grief and loss.

          ~~  Henry Huot

Our condolences to Richard’s family. He was a fine man and a true friend of St. Andrew’s Parish. A friend to all.

           ~~  Mr. and Mrs. Paul Krupinski

Richard displayed kindness and generosity during the time that I knew him. He spoke proudly of his sons and adored his dear Lucille.

          ~~  Kay Murphy

I met Richard when I was tutoring through the literacy council. His kindness, intelligence, work ethic were palpable. So was his reason for his carry on his late wife’s work. A life well lived and such a loss to all left behind. My heartfelt condolences to all who loved him.

          ~~ Janet Maday

My sympathies to his family and friends. Very proud to have known and graduated with Richard from St.Marie’s High School in Manchester NH. Happy to know of his good works and the wonderful family he had. God bless him and all his family and friends

          ~~  Diane Valade