The 4th of July Committee is pleased to announce this years grand marshal will be Mr. John Vigue who will lead the 2015 Thomaston 4th of July parade with his daughter Sophie. Click HERE to download a PDF of the original notice.
John Vigue will lead the 2015 Thomaston 4th of July parade as the grand marshal with his daughter Sophie.
John grew up in Waterville, Maine and came to the midcoast area in the early 80’s as a radio sportscaster. He has been a resident of Thomaston for twenty eight years. In 1992, he purchased the former Jameson’s Market on Main Street.
“My grandfather, Charles B. Vigue, ran a small grocery store in Waterville back in the 1930’s,” said Vigue. John never set foot in that store, as his grandfather passed away before he was born. “However, I heard many stories and anecdotes about the place while growing up. Maybe I just had a latent desire to be in the business,” Vigue laughed. John’s father, Harold, worked in the Waterville store as a teenager and nearly sixty years later travelled twice a week from Waterville to Thomaston to work with his son. Vigue continues, “My dad was an awesome guy and it was a real pleasure watching him work alongside his good friend Phil Crabtree, two throwbacks from the greatest generation. Often both attired in baseball caps and ties. It was a special time for me”
The grocery store and John have been solid cornerstones on Main Street for years. Beside the meat counter, in the back of the store, are rows and rows of thank you cards from schools, sports teams, churches, non-profit organizations, girl scouts and several more organizations. Each card shows how much John has given back to the community. His generosity has been outstanding.
John will celebrate his 23rd anniversary at the local market on June 22nd. For many years Vigue could be found at the local ball field or gymnasium, not far from the back of the store, where he coached the junior high baseball and basketball teams. A lot of his former players frequent the store with many visiting from afar when they are back in town. Vigue says with a big smile, “Many of them are parents now with their own kids playing sports. I like to keep up with how they are doing.”
The Thomaston 4th of July committee is proud and pleased to have John Vigue represent Thomaston as the parade’s Grand Marshal for 2015. According to committee chair, Julie Brooks, "We are so lucky in Thomaston to have a wonderful selection of people from whom to choose our grand marshal. Yet even with a long list of excellent candidates, John was the committee's unanimous choice!"