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Remembering Paul "Piggy" Logue: The Piggy's 5K Run/Walk

Remembering Paul "Piggy" Logue: The Piggy's 5K Run/Walk

Except for his wife and mother, most everyone in the community called him “Piggy” - and knew him as a warm, lovable, generous man who never hesitated to give back to the community in which he was a lifelong resident.  Paul J. Logue was a force of nature.  He married the love of his life, Marcine Faggas, and together they raised three children: Drew Cameron, Taylor Marie, and Emma Kathryn.  Then there were his siblings, six of them – 3 brothers, 3 sisters, the in-laws, the extended family and then there's Waltham – the Logue's additional extended family.  In the summer of 2011, Paul suddenly passed away.  A family lost a son, husband and father.  The community came together to support the Logue family like Piggy supported everyone else – that's what happens when you lose a force of nature.  The Logues found themselves surrounded by many in the community who were touched in some way by Paul's random acts of kindness.  Marcine and the entire Logue family was overwhelmed by the community's outpouring of love. 

In Paul's short 46 years, 1 month and 10 days on earth he left an impact – and a tremendous void.  When others needed help, “Piggy” was the first one to reach out a hand.  No questions.  No conditions.  That's just the way he was.  Paul and Marcine were raising their children to learn that giving back to the community was at the core of their family life.  The core had to continue as Paul would want.  Family and friends came together and that's how the “Piggy's 5K Run/Walk” came to be.  Proceeds from the event fund the Paul Logue Charitable Foundation which has reached out to help people in our community and surrounding communities who are in need.       

Paul's brother, John Logue, talked about the Paul Logue Charitable Foundation.  “Paul would be the first one to get the ball rolling to help someone out in need in the City of Waltham.  The main reason we do this is to keep Paul's memory alive and keep the tradition going.  Paul was a generous person who never expected anything in return.  The Piggy Race is what we do to keep his memory alive in our family and the community.  Unfortunately we wish we didn't have to give money away, but there are people who need it and we will do what we can to help.  This has become a family thing which has Paul's kids involved and reminds them what their father stood for.  To see the looks on their faces when they see someone benefit from this event on their father's behalf means so much.”

“My husband and I always wanted to give back.  We were always there to help and I didn't want to stop what we did,” Marcine explained.  “We raise at least $25,000 - $30,000 a year and we're happy to give that out to those who need it because that's what my husband did and that's what he would be doing today if he was still here.  It's not about the Logue family, it's about the lessons we learned from Paul's life and actions.  And we want to keep that alive.”  Originally from Watertown, Marcine married Paul and Waltham became her home.  “Waltham's my home and it always will be,” she said, “there's no other community like it, I just love it here.  The people in this city always come together ready to help out when it's needed.” 

November 19th will be the 5th Annual Piggy's 5K Run/Walk which is a cooperative effort between the Logue family, Race Around Waltham Series, Wicked Fun Running Events and hundreds of people from around New England.  Immediately following the awards ceremony is a post-race party held at City Streets Restaurant, 411 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham.  The post race party is a family friendly celebration with food, raffles and fun all in memory of Paul “Piggy” Logue.  It is open to everyone – even those who do not participate in the Run/Walk.  In the short time Paul “Piggy” Logue was here, he made a difference – let's keep that momentum going for Piggy, for the Logues, for our community.  Contributions to the Paul Logue Charitable Foundation are tax deductible.   If you or your business/organization would like to contribute raffle prizes, please email Marcine.  To register for the race, click here.