ELLINGTON – John Vincent Viega Jr., 72, passed away Nov. 4, 2022, in the loving presence of his close family.
Born in Waterbury on October 11, 1950, he was the son of the late John V. and the late Carmella (Quaranda) Viega Sr. drivers of culture including art, literature, music, politics and the story.
Prior to graduating from Kennedy High School in Waterbury, John played guitar in the West Side Set, a first among esteemed contemporaries of the Connecticut rock ‘n’ roll scene of the late 60s.
He then earned his BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut and continued his education with an MBA from the University of Hartford and advanced studies in International Management from Rensselaer University.
John embarked on a successful and rewarding career path culminating in a 25-year tenure as a senior CiDRA executive in Wallingford. Over the course of his career, John has mastered and managed a wide range of business functions including finance/accounting, manufacturing and operations; but it was his talent for empathy and relationship building that led him to lead global business development, throwing him across the globe in South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia , where at each location he deftly navigated the nuances of culture to create mutually thriving relationships with his counterparts.
Despite his tireless work ethic and status as a diamond-ranked frequent flyer, John never lost sight of his greatest passion and greatest accomplishment: his family. He married the love of his life, Gina (Santaniello) Viega, in October 1983. Together they raised their three children – James, Victor and Isabella – for whom he endeavored to provide every opportunity and every possible benefits.
John and Gina took root in Ellington, where John took great pride in personally maintaining a spotless, comfortable home and meticulously landscaped yard.
Besides the children of John and Gina, John is also survived by his sons, John Viega and his wife Christine, and Michael Viega and his wife Catherine, all of New York; several grandchildren; siblings Darlene Beaudoin and her life partner Al Bisaillon of Wolcott, Timothy Viega and his wife Ksenia of Naples, Florida, Carmelita Rifkin and her husband Larry of Prospect; brother-in-law John Santaniello of Springfield, Mass.; sister-in-law Ann Santaniello of Agawam, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to John’s funeral service at 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 9, meeting at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 123 William Street in Springfield. His burial will be private.
Being a church service, in lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Please visit TazziniFuneralHome.com for condolences.