NEW BEDFORD-Gerald J. Viera, 72, of New Bedford passed away Sunday, November 13, 2022 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford after a long illness. He was the loving husband of 52 years to Ethel “Diane” (Medeiros) Viera.
Born in Acushnet, son of the late Raymond and Jeannette (Dlouhy) Viera, he lived most of his life in Fairhaven prior to moving too New Bedford in 2012. He was a graduate of Fairhaven High School and then served in the U.S. Marine Corp. Gerald was an engraver/printer for various companies most recently, New England Rotary in Dartmouth.
Jerry was an exceptional man. He was a loving and extremely supportive Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Jerry was kind, funny and a true friend. He was a father figure to many over the years.
Jerry was passionate and creative. If he could think it, he could make it happen. He had a great love for cars (especially corvettes). Gerald was an avid collector of baseball cards and comic books.
He loved spending time with family and friends, reminiscing over old memories. His love for cooking over the years has created so many family traditions.
Jerry was compassionate and sweet with the biggest heart. We were so fortunate to have had him in our lives. We wouldn’t trade those memories for the world. Gerald, you will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his loving wife Diane; children, Jeffrey A. Viera and his companion Bethany Avellar and Kristine Viveiros; four grandchildren, Devin and Amanda Viveiros and Cory and Jeremy Viera and the late Trevor Viera; three great grandchildren, Lyra, Weiss and Eliana; a brother, Kenny Viera and his wife Jenny of Rochester and the late Raymond Viera; two sisters, Arlene Theriault of Fairhaven and Joanne Costa and her husband Michael of Acushnet; and several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with his wishes he will be cremated and arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven. For memorial register please visit, www.hathawayfunerals.com.
We are holding a fundraiser for the Family and Friends of Gerald Viera and his late grandson Trevor Viera.
December 1, 2022