STANDISH – Gregory O’Neil Rioux, 52, died unexpectedly March 1, 2012. He was born Aug. 22, 1959, in Fort Kent.
He attended schools in Fort Kent and graduated from Fort Kent Community High School. After graduation he worked at the Irving lumber mill in St. John, and then decided to join the U.S. Navy. He became a hospital corpsman and was trained as an echocardiogram technologist, a profession that became his lifelong career. After an honorable discharge, he worked initially at George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C., before relocating to Maine to work at Maine Medical Center, Portland. He then moved on to work at Memorial Hospital, North Conway, N.H., and Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford. Greg was the typical handyman, having a little knowledge of everything in household maintenance and having the ability to figure out what he didn’t know. He was a builder, a plumber, an electrician, a mason, and whatever else he needed to be to accomplish what needed to get done. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing in the spring and summer, and hunting in the fall. Being in the woods was his solitude.
He is survived by his two children, Alexander Rioux and Elizabeth “Libby” Rioux; the mother of his children, former wife, and friend, Carole Messenger-Rioux, all of Gorham; his parents, Maurice and Helena Rioux of Fort Kent; four brothers, Bruce and his wife, Julie, of Millinocket, James and his wife, Patricia, of Wallagrass, Timothy and his wife, Jane, of Fort Kent and Anthony and his companion, Cindy Getchell, of Falmouth; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He will also be missed by his faithful companion, Jack, the shorthaired German pointer who was always by his side. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Romeo and Regina Rioux; and his maternal grandparents, Donat and Lea Belanger.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Dolby and Dorr Funeral Chapel, 76 State St., Gorham. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at St. Anne’s Church, Main Street, Gorham. Burial with full military honors will be conducted in the spring at Hillside Cemetery, Gorham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a trust fund that will be set up in Gregory’s name, at the Gorham branch of Gorham Saving Bank. Messages of condolence may be expressed at