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Jacques Leon Vial

February 21, 1961 - November 23, 2020

Jacques Leon Vial, loving husband, father, granddaddy, and brother, passed away on Monday November 23, 2020, at the age of 59.

Born on February 21, 1961 in Déols, Indre, France, he was a son of the late Anna (Kehoe) and Dan Vial, Sr.  He was a 1979 graduate of Brevard High School in Brevard, NC. On July 16, 1983, Jacques married MaryLouise Donaldson at Holy Family Church in Newark, DE.

He proudly served his country with the US Coast Guard, retiring after 20 years of service.  Jacques was stationed at CG Station in Freeport TX, CG Center in Yorktown, VA, USCG Red Birch in Baltimore, MD, CG Station in Indian River, DE, CG Northwind in Wilmington, NC, CG Marine Safety Office in Philadelphia, PA, CG Yard in Baltimore, MD, and the CG Engineering Logistics Center in Baltimore, MD. During his career, he was employed by Barclays Bank Wilmington, MBNA in Newark, Wilmington VA Medical Center in DE, and Coatesville VA Medical Center in PA.

A caring and selfless man, Jacques enjoyed volunteering his time with veterans or with the Special Olympics. In his leisure, he liked to bowl.  Most of all, Jacques cherished time spent with his family, especially fishing at the beach and trips to Disney.  

He will be dearly miss by his loving wife of 37 years MaryLouise “Molly”; children, Matthew (Theresa) of Millsboro, DE, Nicholas Vial of Newark, DE, AnnaMae Vial  Beamer (Jack) of Felton, DE, and MaryBeth Vial of Newark, DE; beloved grandchildren, Bailey and Savannah; and siblings, Theresa Rossi of Lexington Park, MD, Victoria Stocker (Bill) on Canyon, TX, Dan Vial (Kathleen) of Boerne, TX, Robert Vial (Myra) of Rosman, NC, Michelle Sack of Waldorf, MD, and Cynthia Mercure (Conrad) of Lake Toxaway, NC.

All services will be held privately.


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62 Condolences for Jacques Leon Vial

  • We are terribly sorry for your loss, Jacques was a great man, a caring uncle, and I know your family will miss him dearly. Let us know if there is anything we can do. Love you all!

  • My Condolences on the loss of such an extraordinary man. I will miss him. prayers for his family.

  • To Marylou and family, I am so sad and sorry for the loss of Jacques. My heart and prayers are with you.
    Please let me know if you need anything.
    With love,

  • I am heartbroken for your family’s loss. I am keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers ~~~Marylou, if you need anything at all, I’m here for you. Love you.

  • MaryLou and family, your loss is deeply felt and our hearts go out to you all. God’s inexhaustible grace and love is pouring out to you through His Holy Spirit and will be your source of comfort and strength as you continue your walk on this earth until you can be together again in Heaven.

    Jacques legacy is living on in every person he touched in this life. May we all be inspired by his life and love. 🥰🙏🏽

  • Mary Lou and Offspring,
    Thank you for sending this!
    What a wonderful photo of Jacques!
    First of all, you are all loved and appreciated.
    I am so sorry for your loss with you. I cannot imagine
    how deeply this hurts you and your children and their families. He will certainly be missed and kind of, leaves a hole in the atmosphere for you all, as well as the Vial siblings and cousins (me), friends and associates.
    May you find comfort in your love for and memories you made together and in the arms of the Divine One.
    Much Love,
    Laurie V. Amsler (1st cousin), and
    Eulice H. Vial (Great Aunt, wife of Robert (Bob) M. Vial, I

  • My thoughts and prayers for the family. What a loss.

  • What a blessing this wonderful man has been to this world! And what a blessing my Uncle Jacques has been, and will always be, to me. I will be forever grateful for the amazing aunt and cousins he got for me! I am so comforted knowing I will continue to see Jacques live on through them. Love you so much, Uncle’s Jacques, and I’ll see ya later!

  • Will miss you Jacques, you were good brother. Love and prayers to your family

  • I’m sorry for your loss.. may he rest in peace!

  • My deepest condolence to you Marylou and your entire family . You will be in my daily prayers. If you need anything please let me know.

  • Wishing You Guys Nothing But Peace And Blessings. My Condolences To You All. I Remember Mr. Jacques As A Young Child, He Was Very Nice And Kind. Prayers To You And Your Family.

  • May prayers are with MaryLouise and the whole family. May God Bless you and keep during this most difficult time.
    -Dana and Family-

  • Your earthly presence will be missed greatly by all. Thank you for being an amazing husband to my dear life long friend Marylou and father/grandfather to your children/grandchildren. Thank you for your years of service to our country. Thank you for allowing your precious spirit live on and be viewed as values through the children you raised and fathered. May our Heavenly Father be there to great you and welcome you to your eternal life. Sending all my love to family and friends.

  • Marylou and family, Bobby and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The world has lost such a wonderful person. He will be forever missed.

  • Mary Lou and family ,
    You have our sincerest condolences. Not words can I know can tell you how sorry we both feel for your loss. May your faith keep you strong thru this sorrowed and beyond. God bless.

  • Dear Marylou and family,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you. I’m so deeply saddened and so very sorry.

  • Our hearts break for your loss as you grieve we can only hope to be as selfless as he; to make proud his memory as we bring a light all our own shaped by his goodwill.
    All our love to you and yours in your time of need.

  • Rest In Peace my friend!!

  • To the entire Vial family,
    I am saddened to hear of Jacques passing. I have many fond memories of him growing up in Scottfield. Swimming in the pool, taking walks to the park, playing basketball, and getting ice cream from the ice cream man. He was always so kind, welcoming, and gentle… always made me feel welcome in his home. Sending good thoughts and prayers to you all during this time.

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • Marylou and family, so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Jacques.

  • It is with a sad heart I extend my condolences to the Vial family. I pray that God will give them the courage to endure such a sad time. Jacques was truly an exceptional person, very kind and compassionate… he will be missed.

  • Marylou,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family. I remember so many fund stories you shared about your handsome hubby and your beautiful family. You are a blessed woman to have had the love of a good and godly man for 37 years. May God be with you and may HE wrap you in HIS loving arms as you mourn such a great lost. Amen
    Prayers going up to you and your family.🙏🙏🙏
    Warmest Regards,

  • There’s nothing I can say except I’m sorry. My prayers are with all who loved Jacques, along with the prayer that someday soon his memory will make you smile.

    Much love,


  • Marylou and the rest of the family, My heart goes out to you. I pray that God comfort you all. I’m so sorry for ur loss. May his soul rest in peace. Please let me know if you ever need me.
    I love u so much 💓

  • Our deepest condolences for Jacques’ passing. We love you all and our prayers and hearts are with you always! ❤❤ the Whaleys

  • I remember Jacques showing me the ropes of Marine Facility Inspections when I was just a Lieutenant Junior Grade at MSO/Group Philadelphia. His professionalism and kind nature made that time enjoyable for me. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jacques at MBNA. He was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I’d like to extend my deepest condolences for your loss of such a great man. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • ML, so sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Our sincere condolences on the loss of Jacques Vial. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord!

  • I am so sorry to hear about Jacques passing. I knew him from MBNA many years ago and enjoyed working with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Jacques –
    Gonna miss ya buddy. From Wilmington to Coatesville VA’s
    Coasties forever

  • I remember like it was yesterday meeting Jacques when he came to pick MaryLouise up, he flexed his muscles and called himself strong man 😊.
    He was such a kind & sweet person that when you first met him it was like you’d known him forever.
    You will always be remembered with a smile.
    MaryLouise & family we love you to the moon and back.
    RIP Jacques, we will take care of MaryLouise.
    Love Lois & family

  • MaryLou and Family our hearts go out to y’all. So sorry for your loss. Jacques was a very good and loving person! He had a great smile which always made you smile! Love y’all.

  • Very sorry for your loss as we here at the same time miss him terribly. We were good buddies and had lots of laughs. He left me with such good memories and an uplifted spirit. He loved his family and had fun with them from the stories we would share. I think he is smiling in heaven and probably doing something he shouldn’t be doing. He would want his family to carry on that attitude and tradition. Sincerely, Ray

  • My condolences and prayers go out the Vial family. Jacques was such a great guy, he always saw the positive in all people and situations. He will truly be missed.

  • To the Vital Family:
    I am so sorry to the hear the loss of Jacques. He was such a great boss, and mentor. He was a very kind person, loved to talk about his family, and loved to talk about his experience with the Coast Guard. I will never forget Jacques, he always had a smile on his face, and would do anything to help anyone. Rest In Peace…. You will always be remembered and honored. Harold

  • Hello Dear friend,
    you have been such a inspiration to many and to myself. You will be missed

  • Our Logistics family is sorry for your loss, me especially since in my short time here Jacques became someone who helped me navigate this new job and he was one of the nicest men I have ever worked with. My condolences and prayers are with you and your family.

  • This loss was a hard one, Jacques was a kind soul with a pleasant sprit. To the Vial Family you have my deepest sympathy

  • Sorry for your loss may God be with during this difficult time

  • I worked with Jacques at the Wilmington VA. He was my go to person, whenever I needed assistance with a logistic issues. I would often ask, why can’t everyone be like Jacques. I enjoyed our side conversations and laughs. Although, I know words may not soften this blow, as I sit here with tears in my eyes, I just want to let you know, that you do not grieve alone. The impact he left on our lives will transcend generations to come. I pray God’s comfort in your lives and fond memories of the man who left positive marks and inspired us all, to be better people.


  • Words cannot express how truly saddened I was to learn that Jacques had passed away. I want to pass along my condolences to his family and friends. Jacques was a wonderful man. So quiet, so unassuming, and always had a kind and patient way about him. He will be truly missed.

    Sincerely and with a heavy heart,

    —Kevin Bresler
    Lead IT Specialist for Operations at the Coatesville VA Medical Center

  • Far Winds and Following Seas
    God Speed…Shipmate

  • To Mary Lou and family I am so very sorry for your loss. Jacques was such a kind and gentle person. Always had a smile on his face. Sending love and prayers.

  • So sorry to hear of Jacques passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Vial family at this time of loss.

  • Dear Mary Lou and family,

    It saddens Sharon and I so deeply with the loss of our brother-in-law, Jacques, that it is difficult to put into words how we feel. Jacques was a great man for the world, but more importantly he was a great husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. When Jacques and I first met and served together starting in 1981, we quickly became great friends, which ultimately lead to him being a part of our family. We remember the first day you and Jacques both met; Jacques lit up like a light bulb and did every time after that whenever he saw you. Jacques always wanted to know when you would be returning to town for a visit so he could change his duty schedule to ensure he was off and available when you were visiting. Jacques and I did many things together, both on ship and off; he was always a model of the US Coast Guard’s culture, “Service above Self” and he was always ready, “Semper Paratus”, for any mission at any time. I am proud to have served with such an honorable man. Jacques maintained those core values throughout his life, in raising his wonderful family and in the world around him, as demonstrated with his post retirement commitment to the Veterans Administration and his assistance with the Special Olympics.

    I tell you this story because we know how much Jacques loved you, with all of his heart, from the very beginning. Although the physical presence of Jacques will always be greatly missed, he will always be in the hearts, minds and memories of every person he ever met. I know he is looking down now and saying hang in there, Molly, I am right here to guide you. Rest in Peace our dear friend.

    Your Loving Brother and Sister-in-Law

    Walter & Sharon

  • My sincere thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jacques. It was a pleasure knowing and working with him. Kindness and sincerity are rare qualities and Jacques displayed them in all his interactions. He will be truly missed.

  • I will miss him immensely. But I am thankful that God blessed us with this wonderful brother for 59 years! He lives on forever in our hearts.
    Marylou, Matthew, Nicholas, AnnaMae and MaryBeth are in our thoughts and prayers as we go though this challenging time.

  • My condolences to the Vial Family. Jacques was a pleasure to work with at the Coatesville VA. He was a kind person and helpful in many ways. I will miss working with him. In time, may you find comfort and joy in fond memories of him. May he Rest In Peace.

    Alexis Siriani

  • I share your sadness and loss. I work at the Wilmington. VA and got to know Jacque some. He was always friendly and smiling. The world has lost yet another kind soul. God blessed you with his life, may the blessings continue.

  • My most sincere sympathies to your family. While I didn’t work closely on a regular basis with Jacques, when I did his kindness and willingness to be helpful was so appreciated. He was never without a smile on his face. My you find peace in the days ahead.

  • My condolences to the Vial family. I worked with Jacques at the Wilmington Va. it was a privilege and honor to work with such a caring person.

  • Molly and family, I graduated from Brevard High School in 1979 with Jacques. What I remember about him after all these years is a quiet, gentle, humble spirit and that he always had a smile on his face. Numbers 6:24-26

  • My Prayers to you and the family. Jacques will be missed he was such a good person. I enjoyed working with him, I will cherchis all the memories i had with him.

  • Pleasant day sis, sorry about ur lost, u know he is in a better place, no more suffering god be d glory upon u and d family😤😤😤😥

  • So sorry to hear this news. I was stationed with Jacques on the Northwind. We had a lot of laughs and I remember Jacques as a very kind hearted person who always had a smile to share. He was a great shipmate and simply put a great person. Prayers to all Jacques family.

  • Marylou and family- very sorry for your loss. Will keep you all in my prayers

  • To MaryLou and to the family and friends of Jacques: As shipmates and crewmembers often do, we often think how is this one and that one doing. The ones who lent a quick hand of help and guidance, a pat on the back of support, these are the ones who stand out in my mind with nothing but gratitude and fondness. And so it forever will be, with Jacques. The picture of Jacques here, it is the same bright smile and twinkling eyes I remember MK2 Vial had in 1984, USCG Station Indian River Inlet when I first reported there for duty as an MK3. Jacques personally assisted me in requalifying on the 41 foot UTB and helped me gain qualifications as an underway engineer onboard the stations 44 foot motor life boat, the 44360. There was no better teacher then Jacques, he had qualities of leadership and maturity about him that was beyond his years. After reading every gentle message of sympathy here for Jacques, the qualities that struck the heart and souls of these people, I noted back then. He was a young guy with such an easy-going way about him, there was not a single person with a cross word to say about him, a rarity in an environment such as that found at a small boat station, where competing egos and attitudes are always in tension. This is just one facet where Jacques stood above so many other good and decent people I met along the way at the Inlet. When we are of that age where we are developing who we are as young adults, we take the best of those we meet before us. Jacques always made an impression upon me that lives to this day, maybe now, more then ever. That he went on to an even greater life with love for family (and a large, loving and wonderful family it must be!) and service to unto others, after Indian River, is absolutely no surprise to me. I got to see a hint of it early on and am grateful for that opportunity. The immediate world that Jacques touched about him, no doubt, will miss deeply his presence today. I am extremely saddened for everyone who was touched by that sweet smile, twinkling eyes and warm heart. To the family of Jacques, please accept my warmest and deepest condolences. May you rest easy, dear crewmate. You will never be forgotten.