SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Joseph R. Vierra, 72, of South Attleboro died peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Patricia D. (Mello) Vierra since 1968.
Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on March 25, 1945, he was the son of the late Joseph and Doris (Turgeon) Vierra.
Joe was a resident of South Attleboro for most of his life. He graduated from Attleboro High School in 1963 and later earned an Associate’s Degree in Management from Johnson & Wales University in 1977. While in high school, he excelled in baseball, soccer and competitive power walking. He won the 1961 N.E. Junior 10,000 Meter Walking Championship and also competed in a race up Mount Washington.
Joe proudly served in the Army for two years during the Vietnam War earning the Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star and later, a service connected Purple Heart.
Before his retirement, he worked as a vending machine technician, the same position he held, all of his life.
Joe was a member of the Attleboro D.A.V. Chapter 91. He was an avid New England sports fan, enjoyed playing golf, and coached for the Attleboro White Hawks but what was most important to Joe was spending time with his family and friends, especially his cherished granddaughters.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons, Joseph Vierra , Timothy Vierra and his wife, Denise and Marc Vierra and two granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Kylie Vierra, all of South Attleboro.
He is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy Irving of South Attleboro, Joan Machado and her husband Jack of Central Falls, three brothers, Donald Vierra and his wife Sue of South Attleboro, Paul Vierra and his wife Rachel of Cumberland and David Vierra and his wife Suzanne of Albion, two sisters-in-law Roberta Vierra of North Providence, Sandra Royal and her husband Ray of Louisiana, four brothers-in-law, Edward Mello of Pennsylvania, Bill Chambless and his wife Roxanne of North Carolina, Richard Chambless and his wife Stephanie of Nevada and Brian Chambless of Tennessee and many nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Michael Vierra.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, April 27 from 4-8 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.
A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 28 in St. Theresa’s Church, 18 Baltic Street, South Attleboro at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Attleboro.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s memory to Veteran Services, 77 Park St., Attleboro, MA 02703.