Walter S. Vieira, 71, of Fairhaven passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 10, 2019 at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.
Born in Acushnet, son of the late Walter G. and Emily (Rego) Vieira, he lived most of his life in Fairhaven. Walter served in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam War from 1964-1973, until his release due to disability. He worked as an advocate for veterans and was instrumental in the beginnings of the Veterans Transition House in New Bedford and as a mentor at Reflections. Walter was a member of the Fairhaven VFW and enjoyed wood carving, music, poetry and was a published writer.
He is survived by a daughter, Nicole S. Vieira of Acushnet; a son, Matthew S. Vieira of Fairhaven; a brother, Gordon Vieira of New Bedford; a sister, Norma Motta of Fairhaven and the late Rosemarie Vieira; step siblings, William Vieira of Harrisville, RI, Anthony Vieira of New Bedford, Mary Suprenant of New Bedford, Patricia Lapan of Milford, Elizabeth Vieira of Sturbridge, Theresa Vieira of Harwich and Rachel Bretton and Rebecca Queen both of New Bedford; two grandchildren, Joshua Vieira of FL and Jacob Vieira of Fairhaven; three great grandchildren, Adrian, Gavin and Scarlett Vieira; his former wife, Denise Vieira of Fairhaven and many nieces and nephews.
His funeral will be Thursday, January 17, 2018 at 9am from the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven with a Graveside Service at 11:15am at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne with Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Veterans Transition Home, 20 Willis St., New Bedford, MA 02740.
JAN 17. 9:00 AM (EST)
Fairhaven Funeral Home
117 Main Street
Fairhaven, MA, 02719
JAN 17. 11:15 AM (EST)
MA National Cemetery
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