Edwin Walter LaVigne, Jr.

Edwin Walter LaVigne, Jr., 74, a resident of Friendswood, TX, formerly of Richmond, TX, passed away on July 19, 2021, in Houston, TX.  Ed was born August 6, 1946, in Coral Gables FL, grew up in a military family in multiple locations in the US and Europe, and graduated in 1968 from the University of Notre Dame.  An electrical engineer, he worked on several large petrochemical facilities around the globe, retiring from Worley Parsons Engineering after 13 years.  He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rosenberg, TX.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marguerite and Edwin “Duffy” LaVigne of Port Sulphur Louisiana.

Ed is survived by his wife of 18 years, Laura LaVigne; daughters Jennifer and Heather LaVigne, husband Mike; Ellen Register, husband Chris; son Edwin “Trey” LaVigne, III, wife Katherine; grandchildren: Eleanor Bodwin, husband Travonte; Jonah LaVigne; Linus Perry; Juliette Dumont; Ella, Weston and Jackson Register; great-grandchildren Gordon and Nora Bodwin; sisters Michelle Lame and Nancy Finucan, husband Jack.

Ed was a member of the Sorin Society of the ND Alumni Association.  He enjoyed traveling to South Bend for tailgating and football games with friends and family.

He was a musician most of his life, playing bass guitar in church choirs, rock and country bands.  One of his favorite gigs was playing at the yearly HLSR BBQ cook-off.

Ed and Laura enjoyed traveling to Europe and most recently to Japan for work and pleasure.  But most of all, he looked forward to weekend BBQs and pool parties with family and friends.

There will be a memorial service at 10:00 am, Saturday, August 7, 2021, at Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood, TX.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like for donations to be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.


  1. I’m so sad to see this post. Loved Ed to pieces. In fact I thought I had seen him but it wasn’t him. But that sure made me think about him and the great times we had together in the St. Justin Choir. God bless and may his soul rest in peace.

    Annette Pappad
  2. Dear Laura and all of the Lavigne Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Ed passing away. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, and great-grand father. His family meant so much to him. He is now in peace and in the glorious presence of our Lord Jesus.
    All our love and Prayers for all of you to feel the peace of the Lord.

    Lora and Chris Lenzsch

    Lora and Chris Lenzsch
  3. Laura
    Donna & I are at a loss for words at this your time of grief …we pray you find solace in knowing Ed is at rest with the Father.
    All our prayers are with you and the family.
    God bless

    Jack & Donna Molho
  4. Good bye old friend. Say hello to Diana for me.

    Kerry Bowler
  5. Laura
    Minnie and our family are praying that God’s caring, comforting presence will enfold you and your family during this time.

    May He Shower You With All The Love You Need.

    Allan, Minnie, Allan Jr., Precious & Ivory

    Allan & Minnie Harris
  6. Laura,
    I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. I hope that you have many wonderful memories of all the happy times you had together to console you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Ruthanne Mefford
  7. Dear Laura and family,
    May you feel God’s loving arms holding you during this very sad time. You are loved.
    Liz and Barrett Briggs

    Elizabeth Hardy Briggs
  8. My heart is breaking for you & yours – praying for God’s grace & peace for you all.
    Susan Barnes

    Susan Barnes
  9. I worked with Ed at Stone & Webster. I also interfaced with him at Worley Parson’s when I was with Calpine. He was a good engineer and solid citizen. Alex Prusi

    Alex Prusi
  10. I am so sorry to learn of Ed’s passing Laura. The times we had playing in the Castelles in our teens, driving home from gigs at 3AM via Mario’s pizza, then reuniting after 40 years, and jamming in Livorno. The wonderful, accomplished person I knew, ahead of his time. Thoughts are with you.

    scott durum

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