Obituary: Vivien Pilot – Lewiston Sun Journal


Vivien Pilot

LEWISTON – Vivien Pilot, 82, formerly from Wales, passed away on Wednesday November 24, 2021 at Woodlands Memory Care of Lewiston with her loving family by her side. She was born on October 4, 1939 in East Orange, NJ, the daughter of Anthony and Theresa (Terregino) Del Giudice. New Jersey is where Vivien met and married her husband, Richard Pilot, in a whirlwind romance. Together, they had 5 precocious sons. After a vacation in Maine, they decided to move their family out of the suburbs, to give the boys space to roam. In 1969 they moved to an old farm and 150 acres of land in Wales. In 1970 Vivien gave birth to a baby girl. In 1972, a tragic accident on the farm claimed the life of his 11-year-old son, David. The family has never been the same. Although they remained together for several years after their son’s death, the grief was too great for Vivien and her husband, and the marriage ended. Voracious reader, you could always find Vivien with a book in hand, however, never a romance novel. Cookbooks, health or political books, autobiographies, how-to books; these were the books she devoured. Her love for this variety of reading supported her natural self-learning abilities and proved to be very helpful on several occasions throughout her life. Calm, thoughtful and measured, she also had an adventurous side. After moving to Maine, this suburban bookworm learned to shoot a gun and hunt deer, garden, raise farm animals, ride horses, cut and split wood. firewood and to maintain a wood stove. After sending her youngest child to school, Vivien returned to the workforce at Bell Manufacturing Company in Lewiston. Soon after, the world started to change. As things became more and more computerized, Vivien took steps to keep abreast of new technologies. After working all day, she took evening computer classes at the local college. She did all of this while raising her family on her own on the old farm. Coming from a long line of Italian cooks, Vivien was no exception. Everything she cooked was delicious, but her specialty was a slowly cooked tomato sauce with meatballs. It was the most spectacular lasagna base you could eat. Whether she was hosting a meal or just making a contribution, she loved every opportunity to bring family and friends together for a good meal. Although she passed on her love of cooking to her children, nothing will ever taste the same as hers. Everyone has their own way of showing love and appreciation. Vivien’s way helped you solve a problem. If you told her that you were not feeling well, you could be sure that she would have found a book in her vast library with a bookmark placed at the remedy level. If she heard you say that you wished you knew how to do something, surely she had a book on that, too. Even weeks later, you will likely receive some sort of instruction. If something needed to be assembled or repaired, she had the patience to research the owner’s manual for the “how-to”, while your urge is to toss the thing across the room in frustration. Out of her comfort zone, at the age of 50, she decides to overcome her aversion to water and takes swimming lessons. When asked how the first lesson went, she replied, “Well my instructor tried to drown me, but it was okay. In her mid-50s, she became a registered massage therapist, a bold move for a mid-40s introvert. Just as most people are settling in for a relaxing retreat, Vivien jumped at the chance to help her daughter Sara and her stepson. Law Steven started his own property management business and was instrumental in this success for 11 years before retiring. She is survived by a daughter Sara LaBrecque and her husband Steven; four sons Rick Pilot and his wife Monica, Mathew Pilot, Peter Pilot and Robert Pilot; four sisters Elaine Trucksess, Theresa Zaccardo and her husband Arthur, Nancy Garvey and MaryAnn King and her husband Don; two brothers Toby Del Giudice and Anthony Del Giudice & wife Cathye; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Vivien was predeceased by a son David Pilot, her parents and her former husband, Richard Pilot. The Pilot family would like to thank the staff at the Woodlands Memory Care floor in Lewiston as well as the staff at Beacon House for the kindness and affection they showed to Vivien during her time in Woodlands. Online condolences can be shared with her family at At the request of her family, services will be private. Arrangements are made with Fortin Funeral Group, 217 Turner Street, Auburn. In lieu of flowers, a contribution on behalf of Vivien can be made to Our Lady of the Rosary Church at 131 High Street, Sabattus, ME 04280. Donations can also be made online.

Vivien Pilot

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