Capt. Howard M. “Mike” Veillette, USCG (ret.)
Captain Mike Veillette, 83, of Virginia Beach and Chatham passed away on June 21 at his home in Chatham.
He was born in Hartford, Connecticut to Howard and Anna (Walsh) Veillette. He was a member of the 1955 graduating class of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and spent a 30 year career with the Coast Guard, retiring in June 1985. Among his assignments, he sailed on the USCGC Eastwind, was Commanding Officer of USCGC Sherman, served in Vietnam while on the USCGC Chase, and was head of boating safety for district 1. After his retirement, Mike worked for the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command doing anti-submarine surveillance. He rarely missed a Coast Guard reunion and stayed in touch with the many colleagues with whom he served.
He is most lovingly remembered as a great role model, husband, father, and grandfather to his 8 grandchildren and two great grandchildren with whom he spent much time at his beloved home on Cape Cod. He is preceded in death by his first wife of 46 years, Yvonne Anderson Veillette, his second wife of 12 years, Mary Baldwin Leddy Veillette, who passed away in April of this year, son Patrick Veillette of Michigan, and brother Peter Veillette of Chatham. He is survived by his children Christopher Veillette (Connie) of Fairfax Station, Virginia, Ann Veillette Slagle (David) of Tewksbury and Jessica Veillette Brooks (Conrad) of Tucker, Georgia, his grandchildren Alex Veillette, David Slagle (Rachel), Katy Sanchez (Jason), Michael Slagle, Matthew Slagle, William Brooks, Joanna Brooks and Molly Brooks, and great grandchildren Kinsley and Connor Slagle. He is also survived by his step children, Bill Leddy (Judi Hastings) of Paso Robles, California, Ann Harris (Jim) of Palmdale, California, and Susan Bucheger (Duane) of Lake Linden, Michigan and two step grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Services on July 21 at 11:00 am at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1404 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach. A graveside service will be held later at the National Veterans’ Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts. Memorial donations may be made to the U.S. Coast Guard Alumni Association at www.cgaalumni.org or to Samaritan House at https://secure.donationpay.org/samaritanhouseva/
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