Retired Navy Master Chief, Scott Philippe Bibeault, 59, passed away on May 7, 2015. A decorated veteran, MC Bibeault was awarded a number of medals during his naval career for his participation in campaigns and operations that included Operation Urgent Fury, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Desert Shield.
Scott Bibeault was born on April 27, 1956, in Webster, MA, to Jean and Barbara Bibeault. In 1974, Scott graduated Roxbury High School, Roxbury, NJ. He joined the US Navy and began active duty on January 3, 1975. Following basic training in Orlando, FL, “A” school in Great Lakes, IL, and “C” school in Dam Neck, VA, for the rating of FTM, Missile Fire Controlman, Scott served on the USS Preble, DDG 46, in Pearl Harbor, HI. He later transferred to the USS Coontz, DDG 40, home ported in Norfolk, VA, to continue his career operating and maintaining surface and air search radar systems as WCS, Work Center Supervisor, achieving the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. It was on the USS Coontz that PO1 Bibeault participated in Operation Urgent Fury in response to the invasion of Grenada.
PO1 Bibeault rotated to shore duty to work in the Mobile Technical Unit, MOTU, in Charleston, SC, in 1984, for 4 years. Scott achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer during this time. Following this assignment, CPO Bibeault then became a “Plank Owner” aboard the newly-commissioned USS Normandy, CG 60, home ported in Staten Island, NY, in 1988. During his tour aboard the USS Normandy, CPO Bibeault participated in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield that led to the liberations of Kuwait and Iraq, for which he earned medals and commendations.
After earning the rank of Master Chief in 1991, Scott returned to shore duty in 1993 to the Service School Command in Dam Neck, VA, where he served as the Master Chief of the Command. MC Bibeault retired with an honorable discharge from the US Navy following the completion of his tour at this facility on June 30, 1997, with 22.5 years of active military service. MC Bibeault was authorized to wear the Good Conduct Medal (Fifth), Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia, Kuwait Liberation Medal (GOK), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi), Navy Commendation Medal (Second), Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, and Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Scott Bibeault was not only a dedicated sailor, but a loving husband and father. In 1982, he married Theresa (Teri), Tipton, born in Jacksonville, NC, and together had three sons, Justin, Christopher and Joshua. Scott’s hobbies included sketching and drawing, and his talents were proudly displayed as the mascot flag he created that flew aboard the USS Coontz. He also loved riding his street and dirt motorcycles with family and friends, and participated each year in charitable event rides for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the SEAL/FROG Foundation, cancer research organizations, and others. Scott also enjoyed riding with a local motorcycle organization called the Salty Dogs, playing his guitar, hunting and fishing, enjoying music, and cherishing moments with his family.
Scott Bibeault is survived by his wife, Teri, along with their sons, Justin Philippe Bibeault, Christopher Scott Bibeault, and Joshua Ryan Bibeault, daughter-in-law Katrina Platoni Bibeault, grandson Jayce Philippe Bibeault, and mother Barbara Castrucci Bibeault. He is also survived by siblings Robin Jean Bibeault and his wife Roberta Kieper Bibeault, Lynne Bibeault Aldrich and her husband Robert H. Aldrich II, Laurie Bibeault Leetch and her husband Gregory V. Leetch, Keith Bibeault, Lisa Bibeault Turo and her husband Anthony Turo, Leslie Bibeault Geraghty and her husband John Geraghty, Joseph Reginald Bibeault and his wife Clare Tucker Bibeault, Troy Adams Bibeault and his wife Debra Ann Smith Bibeault, 22 nieces and nephews, and with numerous aunts and uncles. Scott is preceded in death by his father, Jean Philippe Bibeault, and grandparents Aldemore Bibeault, Laura Wood Bibeault, William Castrucci Sr. and Iona Adams Castrucci.
A memorial service will be held at Family Choice Funerals and Cremations, 5401 Indian River Rd., Virginia Beach, VA, on Saturday, May 16th, 2015, at 10 a.m. ET. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.
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