Born in the Lowell Highlands, Wayne Sevigny Sr., is a life-long resident of Lowell and a 9-year resident of Dewey Archambault Towers. He attended college briefly in the early 70’s, where he studied Mechanical Drafting and Engineering before joining the military in 1975. From 1975-1978 Commissioner Sevigny served in the U.S. Army as an engineer repairing bridges and infrastructure, and worked to provide lighting, heating, and battalion maintenance following the Vietnam War.
While stationed in Oklahoma, Commissioner Sevigny was a member of the artillery unit and volunteered for Flag Duty, where he was responsible for raising the flag each morning during revelry and lowering the flag in the evening during the playing of Taps. Through his participation in Flag Duty, he developed a deeper appreciation and respect for our nation’s flag. As a resident of Dewey Archambaut Towers, Wayne informs our property managers when the flags at our developments should be at half-staff, need maintenance, or when the flags need to be replaced—often taking the initiative to replace the flags himself.
Upon discharge, Commissioner Sevigny joined the Army Reserves for which he served for 10 years. His passion for military service was passed down to his 6 children who are active in the military, having all done tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Commissioner Sevigny also worked professionally as a cook for the Worthen House in Lowell in the 1980’s, where patrons may remember him cooking in the open kitchen.
Commissioner Sevigny has always been active in the community, and currently serves as the Commander of the American Legion Post 87, a position for which he accepted in 2012 after moving up the ranks in the organization. Aside from the American Legion, he volunteers for the Make A Wish Foundation, the Lowell Beer and Wine Festival and was previously a Board Member of Lowell Housing Authority’s nonprofit affiliate Operation Returning Veterans. What he enjoys most about volunteering is meeting new people and putting smiles on the faces of the children he meets.
He is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his 15 grandchildren, who are scattered across the country. Commissioner Sevigny firmly believes in a commitment to family, friendship, a good work ethic and the notion that a person’s work should involve both “the hands and the mind.”