Dear Class of 1954:
This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of your classmate Thomas Raymond Sauvageau ('54) on Tuesday, Aug. 23rd.
Thomas (Tom) R. Sauvageau, 79, of Ajijic, Mexico (formerly Fargo, ND) died August 23, 2016 at home in the arms of his beloved wife, Ernestina, after battling illnesses that may have worn him down, but never dampened his spirit. Tom, the youngest child of the late Severin Joseph and Louisa (Rivard) Sauvageau. A graduate of Shanley HS he joined the U.S. Navy after graduation. Stationed in Guantanamo, Cuba and Norfolk, VA, he proudly served aboard the USS Parle. After an honorable discharge, Tom began to study a new phenomenon, computer programming, in Chicago, IL. In 1967 he accepted a position in Dallas, TX with the Army Air Force & Exchange Service (AAFES) as a programmer. Rising steadily through the ranks, AAFES transferred Tom to Munich, Germany to become the Director of Data Systems, Europe. After retirement, Tom made his way to the warm and welcoming community of Ajijic, and married his soulmate, Ernestina. He is survived by one daughter, Deb (Dave) Irvin of Bloomington, MN and two sons, Anthony (Karen) Savageau of Mansfield, MA and Michael (Elizabeth) Savageau of Beverly, MA, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and many, many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Diane Anderson, six brothers, five sisters and both parents. Before his death, he was the last surviving child of Severin and Louisa. Tom enjoyed spending time outdoors, whether it was working in his garden, taking care of his home or simply enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. A voracious reader and enthusiast for current events, Tom enjoyed keeping up with events in Fargo by reading the online news with his iPad, even after moving away. He described his time with his wife and dogs in Mexico as the best he could remember. He was a loyal fan of the NCAA Football Champion NDSU Bison and later in life, became an ardent fan of the NFL's New England Patriots. Tom was cremated in his adopted hometown. Donations in Tom's memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215.
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