John Vincent Viega, Jr.
John Vincent Viega, Jr., 72, passed away November 4, 2022, in the loving presence of his close family. Born in Waterbury, CT on October 11, 1950, he was the son of the late John V. & Carmella (Quaranda) Viega, Sr.
Growing up in one of the most exciting and revolutionary times in modern American history, John developed a lifelong interest in the drivers of culture including art, literature, music, politics, and history. Prior to graduating from Kennedy High School in Waterbury, John played guitar in the West Side Set, a premiere act among esteemed contemporaries within the late-60s Connecticut rock’n’roll scene. He went on to earn his B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut and went on to further his education with an MBA from the University of Hartford and extensive studies in International Management from Rensselaer University.
John endeavored on a prosperous and rewarding professional journey, culminating in a 25-year tenure as a senior leader of CiDRA in Wallingford, CT. Over his career, John 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 brought him to lead global business development, jettisoning him around the world to South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia where in each place he adroitly navigated the nuances of culture to create reciprocally prosperous relationships with his counterparts.
Despite his tireless work ethic and diamond-tier frequent flyer status, John never lost sight of his greatest passion and accomplishment: his family. He married the love of his life, Gina (Santaniello) Viega, in October of 1983. Together they raised their three children—James, Victor, and Isabella—for whom he strove to provide every opportunity and advantage possible. John and Gina laid roots in Ellington, CT where John took utmost pride in personally maintaining a pristine, cozy home and a meticulously landscaped yard.
Along with John & Gina’s children, John is also survived by his sons, John Viega & wife Christine, and Michael Viega & wife Catherine, all of New York; several grandchildren; siblings Darlene Beaudoin & life partner Al Bisaillon of Wolcott, Timothy Viega & wife Ksenia of Naples, FL, Carmelita Rifkin & husband Larry of Prospect, brother-in-law, John Santaniello of Springfield, MA, sister-in-law, Ann Santaniello of Agawam, MA, and many nieces & nephews.
Family and friends are invited to John’s 10 a.m. Funeral Liturgy, 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’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Please visit www.TazziniFuneralHome.com for condolences.