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Anthony Giacemo Lavigne
  • 57 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 22, 1955
  • Place of birth:
    Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 29, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Detroit, Michigan, United States
A man grounded in love of family, Anthony was an inspiration of peace, generosity, and love to all who were fortunate enough to know him.

This memorial website is in honor of a great man, Anthony Lavigne, 57, born on October 22, 1955 and passed away in the autumn of 2013. We will always remember his magical smile and calm energy.  Though he had beat the odds on numerous health afflictions, he still left this world too soon.  Countless family and friends will forever be touched by his angelic presence.  

We would like to offer our deepest thanks to the Lavigne family, especially brother Phil, for the endless love and support given throughout every day of this journey. The family would like to thank St. John's Reverence Hospice, especially Cathleen the nurse, Debbie the social worker, and Paul the spiritual advisor. 


Anthony Lavigne, 57, of Saint Clair Shores passed on to eternal life under the care of St. John’s Reverence Hospice, on September 29th, 2013.  Loving husband of 28 years to Rosalie (Amore). Beloved father of Anthony Jr. and his wife Akemi Bando, Deanna and her husband Joe Potasnik. He was born to Lawrence and Betty Lavigne on October 22nd, 1955.  Proud grandfather of Giuliana Vico and Anna. Survived by his mother, his sister Ann Michalik,  and brothers Larry (Fran), Paul (Glenda), Phil (Peggy), Giovanni (Aeri), Thomas (Andrea), as well as his mother-in-law, Marie Amore. Anthony was loved by 49 nieces and nephews, and his life was touched by many friends.

Funeral service at St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Clinton Township (Crocker & Harper) on Wednesday, October 2nd from 2-5:30pm.  A mass will immediately follow the visitation.


In lieu of flowers, all donations can be given at the funeral service or else mailed to 30550 Gratiot Ave. #559, Roseville, MI  48066, and will be disbursed according to the wishes of the family. . 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Giovanni Lavigne on 30th September 2016

"Miss you every day, Duke."

This tribute was added by Phil Lavigne on 30th September 2016

"Missing you my brother. Things are not the same without you around. We all think of you so often.#neverforgotten    
   Love you Bro"

This tribute was added by Vicki Frabotta-Banks on 29th September 2016

"Remembering My beloved cousin, Anthony today.... I miss you and I pray for your loved ones."

This tribute was added by Ronald Baluchj on 29th September 2015

"It's hard to think it's been 2 years since my friend made the journey home.  I miss your smile and your gentle quite voice Anthony during our many talks and visits.  Rest peacefully my friend and may perpetual light shine upon you always."

This tribute was added by Phil Lavigne on 22nd October 2014

"Happy birthday my brother thinking of you."

This tribute was added by Vicki Frabotta-Banks on 22nd October 2014

"Thinking of you Anthony and remembering your beautiful smile and loving heart. I'm praying for you Rosalie and my Aunt Betty and your whole family as I know you are missing him everyday."

This tribute was added by Ronald Baluchj on 22nd October 2014

"It's hard to believe it's been a year that I lost my friend.  Anthony, please know your life gave so many happiness and the knowledge that we can get through so much in our lives with you as an example that we can overcome so much with faith and family for support.  Rosalie is ok and living her life well with the support of your family through all.  Your grand daughter is just beautiful and sweet as can be.  You'd be so proud of her.  So Anthony, till I see you again, keep happy and enjoy your time with our Lord.  I love you Anthony."

This tribute was added by rosalie lavigne on 29th September 2014

"I've learned so much in this past year about how much I love you
Really nothing can replace that void I feel but I'm really trying and everybody else is trying, trying to help me get through it. You have wonderful friends and family and children and grandchildren that are holding my hand. And reminding me to "make the best if my life"
With you there on the other side to help me"

This tribute was added by Phil Lavigne on 29th September 2014

"Hard to believe one year has passed. I am so grateful to feel your presence within. You are still advising, encouraging, and helping to get me through life's journey's. Thank you my brother for everything."

This tribute was added by Juhi Roy on 22nd October 2013

"Goo memories,father.You have touched the world around."

This tribute was added by Phil Lavigne on 22nd October 2013

"Happy Birthday my brother. Missing you everyday."

This tribute was added by Diane Torosian on 4th October 2013

"Art and I will remember Cousin Anthony as a very Kind and Gentle Person. He carried his Health Issues with Dignity and Grace.
Our Heart Thoughts and Prayers are with Rosalie, My Dear Aunt Betty, and the Family.
Love Diane and Art"

This tribute was added by Robbi Karas on 2nd October 2013

"May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you. Cousin Anthony will be forever remembered, forever missed.
Someone so special can never be forgotten.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed.  Our memories precious. Love Robbi & Christina"

This tribute was added by Marie Amore on 2nd October 2013

"Anthony taught us much about how to live and more importantly how to die.  We will always remember him."

This tribute was added by Grace Orlando on 2nd October 2013

"Dear Betty, Rosalie and all the extended family, As a saying goes....."Live each day as if it is a memory in the making."  Surely that is what life is all about and that is what you have done.  What an awesome family!                                 Love, Cuzzinz',  Dominic & Grace Orlando"

This tribute was added by Marianne Cherghezan on 1st October 2013

"To the Lavigne family, My deepest sympathy to all of you. Tony was a friend of my brother George and I worked with Tony at the Clock in 1974-75. We had a lot of fun and lots of laughs. He was a sweet guy. What a beautiful tribute to him. RIP. Marianne Cherghezan"

This tribute was added by Kathy& Bill Wagner on 1st October 2013

"Anthony a dear friend with a contagious smile that radiated strength, faith and courage."

This tribute was added by Liz Brock on 1st October 2013

"What a beautiful tribute. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with my cousin, Anthony and the entire Lavigne family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Much love to all of you!"

This tribute was added by Ronald Baluchj on 1st October 2013

"To the Lavigne Family:  My heart is just broken with losing my best friend Anthony.  You will never understand just how much he meant to me over the years, and just how much he supported me.  We didn't talk all that often, but every time we did, it was as though not an hour had passed.  He gave me such strength when I needed it most and I will forever miss him.  I'll see you when I see you"

This tribute was added by Jan D'Agnillo on 1st October 2013

"I pray for the Lavigne Family while mourning the loss of their dear brother Anthony.  I felt great joy for them while I heard everyone was able to gather and love and support him and each other during this difficult time.  I'm sure all the love you enveloped him with during these past weeks gave his soul flight and set him free.  He's with GOD."

This tribute was added by Wendy Bradtke on 1st October 2013


My heart goes out to you and your family! He may not be here physically but will always be with you in soul because love never dies.  My God comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time!"

This tribute was added by George Cherghezan on 1st October 2013

"My deepest sympathy to the family. Tony was like a big brother to me. He always had wise advise. Even though we were separated by miles I could always pick up the phone and it was like we never missed a beat. I'm truly glad to have been part of his life and friendship. He will always be loved and remembered. LOVE George Cherghezan and family."

This tribute was added by Tom Francis on 1st October 2013

"To Rosalie: Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Eileen and Tom Francis"

This tribute was added by Barbara Bates on 1st October 2013

"To Rosalie and family: May all the beautiful memories and love you had for Anthony sustain you through this most difficult time. Prayers and thoughts are with you all."

This tribute was added by Josie Montaleone on 30th September 2013

"Our deepest sympathy to the Lavigne Family.  We will cherish the memories of Anthony forever.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.  From your Canadian Cousins ... The Vitale Family"

This tribute was added by Bruce Findlay on 30th September 2013

"Deepest sympathies to all the family.  I have so many wonderful memories of all of us growing up together.  Cousin Anthony you will be missed."

This tribute was added by Thomas Lavigne on 30th September 2013

"My brother Anthony gave me a huge boost growing up as his little brother, 8 years younger.  His high expectations of my work at Lombardi's helped me grow into manhood with a higher work ethic.  His appeal to logic growing up, in argument, helped sharpen my intellect.  His loving smile remains as a constant in my heart and soul forever."

This tribute was added by Brian and Jane Laird on 30th September 2013

"Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss."

This tribute was added by Vicki Frabotta-Banks on 30th September 2013

"My prayers are for your loving family, my dear cousin, Anthony. I count you amongst the souls that we will always remember. I know you are forever at peace now in the presence and glory of our Lord ...Love, The Banks Family
And The Lord said...."Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."  Matthew 11:  28,30"

This tribute was added by Paul Lavigne on 30th September 2013

"My brother Anthony is the bravest person I have ever known. He faced up to all of life's challenges with true grit and determination and always with a smile. Even with all his many disappointments in life ( heathwise) he was always concerned for others and anxious to help anyone. He left a piece of himself in my heart where it will remain."

This tribute was added by Philip Peters on 30th September 2013

"TONY was a lifelong great friend whom always cared and reached out to everyone and gave us all hope since he suffered much but never once complained ! A GREAT MAN, FRIEND, SON, BROTHER,FATHER, GRANDFATHER and MORE WHOM WILL BE MISSED BY EVERYONE WHO HAD A CHANCE BE PART OF HIS GREAT LIFE. LOVED HIM LIKE A BROTHER !HE IS NOW AT PEACE ! MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL! LOVE--PHIL PETERS AND FAMILY"

This tribute was added by Joe Amore on 30th September 2013

"To My sister Rosalie and the Lavigne family, what a man we lost. Always gave of himself. Shared his, knowledge, wisdom and some occasional good arguments. He had been through so many medical conditions and still would end up with that smile. When things got tough for me and my 8 children, Rosalie and Anthony would be there no questions ask. He was the definition of Family."

This tribute was added by Giovanni Lavigne on 30th September 2013

"The Duke was the best friend you could ever have.
A great counselor and confidant. A steady advisor and teacher.
He was always thinking of and helping others.
A true Brother in the larger sense of the word and we are grateful for having been able to share him with the world."

This tribute was added by diane karns on 30th September 2013

"Our thought and prayers are with cousin Anthony.  Remembering such a loving, caring person.  He has touched so many lives in his time here and will continue in the memories.  God has gained another beautiful angel in heaven.  He will be greatly missed.  Bill and Diane Karns and family."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Brock on 29th September 2013

"This is such a beautiful tribute!  My heart goes out to my cousin Anthony Jr. and the entire Lavigne family.

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman"

This tribute was added by Juhi Roy on 29th September 2013

"All I have to say is DADS are the best.He had a great smile.My thoughts and prayers for him and your family."

This tribute was added by Tina Armaly on 29th September 2013

"A beautiful tribute to a beautiful man. Anthony was a great Dad, husband, and loving grandfather.  Family and friends will miss his caring smile, he has left us but we will always remember him.  Love to you Anthony and Akemi, you had a great Dad.  Grandma"

This tribute was added by Kathy Horecki on 29th September 2013

"What a wonderful tribute to a very sweet and caring man, Anthony Lavigne.  My heart, thoughts and prayers are with my nephew Anthony, Rosalie and the entire Lavigne family. I will always remember Anthony and all the good times we had in my younger days.  Love to all.  Kathy"

This tribute was added by Toni Amabile on 29th September 2013

"I am so sorry for your loss.  My prayers are with all of you. I remember Anthony when we were youngsters and he always had such a sweetness about him."

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Kleban on 29th September 2013

"Mr. Anthony Lavigne Sr.,
Know that you've touched all those around you with the warmest and most caring spirit!
Our thoughts are with you & and your family today,
With love,
Elizabeth, Jim & Chloe"

This tribute was added by Dennis Kummer on 29th September 2013



This tribute was added by Angela Greene on 29th September 2013

"Uncle Tony was such a huge part of my childhood -- he was always there for me, my mom, and my sister!  :)  His smile and kindness will be remembered forever!  Uncle Tony truly was one of a kind and I will be forever grateful for his presence in my life!"

This tribute was added by Julie Bumpus on 29th September 2013

"To the Lavigne Family:  My heart was so deeply touched by the amazing tribute to Anthony! His character will live on in each person he loved and gave a part of himself too! Tom, press on with your amazing journey to help those that cannot help themselves. What an amazing family he has in honoring his memory and what he contributed to those he leaves behind! Warmly, Julie"

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