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George Viehmann

George Anthony "Tony" Viehmann Jr.

Thursday, April 23rd, 1936 - Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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Obituary

George Anthony ‘Tony’ Viehmann, Jr., 84 years, died peacefully in the home that he loved overlooking Stage Harbor in Cape Porpoise on May 22, 2020, in the care of his loving family.

Tony was born April 23, 1936 in Orange Township, NJ, a son of George and Dorinda (Rogers) Viehmann, Sr.

Educated at Boston University and other colleges, Tony earned his Masters plus degree in education. After working as a program director at The South Boston Boys Club, Tony taught and counseled in several Massachusetts communities including many years with the Newton public schools. In 1980, he, his wife Nancy, and children moved to Cape Porpoise where he had summered as a child.

Tony was a beloved teacher and counselor in the Kennebunk schools working with students of all ages from Kindergarten to high school from 1980 to his retirement in 2006. He was proud of inaugurating a Leadership in Action class at the high school, and teaching kindness and friendship skills to students at Sea Road School. During the summers, Tony taught many, many classes at Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association (KBIA). He had a special ability to relate to, engage, and entertain children, often viewed as the pied piper whenever groups of adults and children gathered. He was kind, gentle, and compassionate, and his impact with children, many of whom are now adults, is widespread.

Tony loved and learned all about marine mammals, and taught himself to carve beautiful whales and dolphins that he exhibited at art galleries and shows. His creativity knew no bounds. He wrote and illustrated four popular children’s books including “Whales are Amazing … Just Like You!” He volunteered with programs at the Kennebunk Conservation Trust, as a docent at the Wells Reserve, and with readings and workshops at schools, libraries, and other non-profit organizations, as well as serving on various town committees.
Tony was famously known in Cape Porpoise harbor rowing his Landing School peapod boat with his golden retriever Rosa and also often with his wife Nancy.

Tony is lovingly remembered by his wife, Nancy; his sons, Daniel Viehmann and his wife, Melissa, of Kennebunkport and Gregory Viehmann and his wife, Adrienne of Del Mar, CA; his daughter, Amy St. John and her husband, Kyle, of Del Mar, CA; his four grandchildren, Kiera, Madison, Porter and Eddie; and his nephew, Stephen LaPalme. Tony is also dearly remembered by his first wife, Louise Viehmann. In addition to his parents, Tony was predeceased by his older sister, Camille Pargellis and his twin sister, Rinda Verroust.

Through his teaching, his books, his love and kindness, his generosity of spirit, and his gentle creative ways, he has surely touched thousands of hearts. He will forever be our Harbor Master at Stage Harbor. He will be in the wind, and the water, and the ripples beyond, and in our hearts forever.

A live virtual service will be held at churchonthecape.org at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 5, 2020. A celebration of Tony’s life will be celebrated in Cape Porpoise by the water in the summer of 2021.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to:

Kennebunkport Conservation Trust
57 Gravelly Brook Road
Kennebunkport, ME 04046

or

Wells Reserve at Laudholm
c/o Laudholm Trust
P.O. Box 1007
Wells, ME 04090

or

Atlantic Hall
P.O. Box 7687
Cape Porpoise, ME 04014
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Service Details

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    Friday, June 5th, 2020 |
    When
    Friday, June 5th, 2020
    Location
    Church On The Cape
    Address
    Langsford Road
    Cape Porpoise, ME 04014
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    Notes
    A live virtual service will be held at churchonthecape.org at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 5, 2020. A celebration of Tony’s life will be celebrated in Cape Porpoise by the water in the summer of 2021.
    Officiant
    Rev. Ho Soon Han

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I did many after school activities with Mr. V. He always taught us things, brought in objects for us to see and touch, regaled us with his bountiful stories, and was always patient and understanding even when we were rowdy or made mistakes.
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Bethe Hagens and Waynn Welton

Posted at 09:21am
We just learned of Tony's passing. It was a long struggle, but how amazing and inspirational to us that you and he remained so positive. With love.
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