HARBORSIDE — William Everett Veague, 96, of Harborside died Dec. 28, 2011, at the Nashoba Community Hospital in Ayer, Mass. He was born May 9, 1915, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the son of John M. and Clara (Garabrant) Veague Sr.
Educated in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Cambridge, Mass., public schools, Bill graduated from the University of Maine in 1938, where he was president of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, and played on the freshman baseball and varsity tennis teams. He remained a superb tennis player until he was in his 80s, when he transferred his competitiveness to the croquet court. Bill attended Harvard Law School and received his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1941. During World War II, he represented E.B. Badger & Sons, a Cambridge, Mass., engineering firm, at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on the island of Cuba. In 1944, he married Katherine “Kat” Chiles of Natural Bridge Station, Va., a union that endured for nearly 59 years. For several years they lived in Cambridge, Mass., where he had an antiques business, a lifelong passion. In 1949 they moved to Natural Bridge Station, Va., where Bill was a partner with two of his brothers-in-law in the Chiles-Barger General Store, and taught at the local high school. After operating another Chiles family concern, the Earlene, a tourist home in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Veagues moved to Pepperell, Mass., where they made their home from 1959 to 1980. During that time, he served as an English teacher and principal of the Groton Junior High School in Groton, Mass., until his retirement in 1979. His family home in Harborside was the place Bill loved best. He and Kat lived there and in Naples, Fla., for more than 20 years, until her death in 2003. In recent years he continued to live for much of the year in Harborside, spending winters with his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and John Ganem, in Pepperell, Mass. He retained his interest in and keen eye for antiques to the end of his life, enjoyed his dachshund, Tuppence, and loved the view from his home across the Penobscot Bay. He was a member of the Lunch Bunch in Blue Hill and a 42-year member of Bucks Harbor Yacht Club.
He leaves his daughter, Barbara Veague Ganem of Pepperell, Mass., and her husband, John Ganem; his son, John Veague of Stockbridge, Mass., and his wife, Heather; and is survived by grandson, Geoffrey Ganem, of San Francisco, Calif., and his wife, Anne; granddaughter, Alexandra Veague and grandson, William Veague, both of Stockbridge; and a great-grandson, Henry Ganem of San Francisco. He was predeceased by his grandson, Christopher Ganem.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Harborside in spring 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Bill be remembered with a gift to an institution he supported during his lifetime, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital in Blue Hill.