Harvey Joseph Violette

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Harvey Joseph Violette
1921 - 2017
WATERVILLE - Harvey J. Violette, 96, of Oakland, passed from this life to the next on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.
He was born in Waterville on Jan. 10, 1921, the son of Belonie and Emeddie (Carrier) Violette. He was educated in local schools and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, receiving an honorable discharge.
When he returned to Maine, he worked for a time at BIW as a crane operator and then for Scott Paper, before finding his niche as an entrepreneur and businessman.
He owned Harvey's Motor Sales in Waterville, a used furniture store, a heavy construction company, and most recently, Harvey's Mobile Home Park, in Oakland. He enjoyed being his own boss, making things happen the way he envisioned them, and being responsible for his own success. He could be described as a determined man.
For Harvey, life was all about his family, and being the dedicated family man he was, he taught and inspired his children to know the meaning and importance of family.
His children have rich memories of their childhoods and Harvey made sure everyone had fun at any of the gatherings. Harvey easily made friends, was very social, and could engage anyone in conversation.
He enjoyed music, especially country music, and many weekend evenings were spent with family and friends jamming with Harvey on a guitar, harmonica or spoons.
The entertainment at the Violette home was fun for everyone. He taught his children how to dance and was known to be able to do an honest Jitterbug and do it justice. Life on the water rejuvenated Harvey. Boating, trips to the ocean, watching NASCAR, the Red Sox and Celtics broadened his interest.
He was faithful to attending his grandchildren's countless sporting events and dance recitals.
He also enjoyed sponsoring adult softball teams and attended almost every game. His cats and dogs were very special to him. Winters in Florida meant connecting with friends from Maine, Saturday night cards, and making new friends.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks for many years. He was also a devoted and faithful Catholic.
Harvey is survived by his children: Donald Violette, and his wife Janie, of Waterville; Sandy Violette, and her husband Dave, of Winslow; and Patsy Veneziano, and her fiancé Jack Pickett, of Winslow; special niece, Betty Ann Merrill, of Maryland; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.
Harvey was predeceased by his wife of 29 years, Ruth Oliver, in 1971; his wife of 42 years, Albertine Dunton, in 2016; his son, Larry Violette, in 2010; his brother, Raymond Violette ;and his sister, Corinne Vigue.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 112 Silver St., Waterville, with burial following in Saint Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville. To share condolences, memories and tributes with his family, please visit: www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com.

Given Harvey's love of animals,
in lieu of flowers, please make
a donation in his memory to:
Humane Society of Waterville Area
100 Webb Road
Waterville, ME 04901


Published in Central Maine on Oct. 8, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Veilleux Funeral Home
8 Elm Street | Waterville, ME 04901 | (207) 872-7676
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