Joseph Viola, Sr.

March 1, 1938 - June 24, 2020
Joseph Viola, Sr.


Joseph Viola Sr., age 82, passed away peacefully at his home June 24,2020 after a long battle with cancer, with his wife and stepson at his side.

Born March 1,1938 in New Haven, Ct., Joe served in the US Air Force in the mid 1950’s, stationed in North Africa until his honorable discharge. He later worked for the US Postal Service as a supervisor for 39 years until his retirement. He moved to Wilmington with his third wife, LuAnne in 2009 and worked part time at the Carmike Cinemas for 5 years. Joe was a member of the Wilmington Elks, VFW and Loyal Order of the Moose, and was known for his karaoke rendition of “My Way” and “I Love This Bar”.

He leaves his wife of 13 years, LuAnne Gauvin Viola, who he referred to as the love of his life. He is also survived by his son, Joseph Viola Jr. and wife, Maureen and grandson, Joseph Viola III. He also leaves his stepsons, Brian Marchant and life partner Jen Mansfield Justin Marchant and life partner Sarah Quatropanni, and Jason Marchant and wife, Vanessa; four step grandchildren, Alanna, Addison, Olivia and Benjamin. Additionally, he will be missed by his nephews, Thomas Viola III and wife Jaye and Gene Viola and husband Andy. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Viola Jr. and previous wives, Anastasia Viola and JoAnne Viola. A very special friend, Thomas Fairfull and a slew of wonderful friends will miss him dearly.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a funeral service on Friday,July 3,2020 at 11 AM at the Wilmington Elks Lodge on Oleander Dr. with military honors. Social Distancing and masks are preferred.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare. The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to Crystal Cox and Brianna from Hospice for the excellent care given to Joe during his illness.

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  • June 27, 2020
    Jeff & Debbie Rachel says:
    We are so sorry for the loss of our dear friend Joe! Joe was a unique rascal and so full of life! You inspired us all Joepa! We are blessed to call you friend and will miss the great fun we had...you were always the life of the party. You did it your way, from karaoke to hanging out and playing cards, you kept us intrigued with your jokes, stories and that great smile! Lu was the love of your life and you let everyone know how much you appreciated her...so wonderful that you spent your life with your best friend . You will be missed but never forgotten dear friend! SAY IT Joe! Love you-Jeff & Debbie

  • June 27, 2020
    Carleen zaloski says:
    I always felt at home with Joe, both being from ct we could reminisce!! He was like a brother to everyone he met, my grandchildren adored him, they could never wait to go to his cookouts!! He was a generous man and would do anything for you except drinking his moonshine. I will always remember you Joe. RIP

  • June 27, 2020
    Lynn petrucelli says:
    Prayers to the Viola Family from Joe Sr to Joe III and especially Joe JR who was my supervisor at Usps.

  • June 27, 2020
    Nancy & Fritz Jones says:
    Our Deepest Condolences to Lu and all the family & friends of JoPa , we had the pleasure of knowing Joe , he was such a sweet man ,we miss him dearly We love you JoPa

  • June 27, 2020
    Robert O'Connor says:
    Joey....one of the three musketeers of GMF New Haven in the late '70's and thru the mid-'80's. Don't know what happened to the #2 musketeer, Bob Burke, but #3 is here and deeply sorrowed by your passing. I only hope that my mini telephone calls to you brightened your spirits as they did mine. We tried to make it fun to come to work. You led the way as everyone worked hard and partied hard. Now that you are at the big "choir practice" in the sky, hold a spot for the rest of us. Peace my dear brother, I love you. Bob O'Connor