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GLOVERSVILLE - John V. Viscosi Jr., 88, of Gloversville, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at the St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Oct. 17, 1928, Gloversville, the son of the late John and Rose Vietri Viscosi.
John received his education at Gloversville High School and attended Siena College.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
John married Mary Felicia Bonvino Viscosi on June 24, 1950, celebrating 67 years of marriage.
John always told his family "I've lived a good life." He was the happiest being surrounded by his family and especially being with his grandchildren. He leaves a beautiful legacy to his family. John was devoted to his community sharing his passion throughout the city. John and Felicia enjoyed their summer home in Caroga Lake and winter home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
John was a successful business owner. He purchased Cherry Valley Memorials, Cherry Valley, in 1962, and opened a branch on South Main Street, Gloversville in 1972. He retired in 1987 and passed the business on to his sons, Rick and Dan. John stayed involved in the family business after retirement.
John was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, third Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus, past member of Gloversville Rotary, past president of the Cherry Valley Rotary Club, past president of Cherry Valley Chamber of Commerce, member of the American Legion and Catholic War Veterans.
He was a Gloversville firefighter and proud Gold Badge recipient. John left the fire department to learn designing and producing cemetery memorials from Mr. Arnolfo Magistris, native of Barre, Vermont. He designed and erected the World War II Memorial on Kingsboro Avenue, donated the Trail Run Memorial and restored and erected the Virgin Mary statue in front of the Church of the Holy Spirit. John, along with Fr. Michael Clemente, donated the marble cross in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. He designed and erected the memorial to the unborn at Auriesville Shrine, restored Lucius Liattauer statue and base on Main Street, and also lettered the Police Memorial in Albany.
John is survived by his wife, Felicia; his sons, Rick (Georgina) of Gloversville and their children, Georgina and Richelle; Daniel (Susan) of Cherry Valley with their children, Danielle, Victoria and Cynthia; and step-grandchildren, James and Lisa Carr; great-grandchild, Stephen Gordon; his siblings, P.R. (Flossi) Viscosi of Johnstown and Josephine Serfis of Gloversville; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by sisters, Mary Faliveno and Agnes Macrena.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, July 16, at the Amico Funeral Home, 150 South Main St., Gloversville.
A prayer service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 18, at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at noon at the Church of the Holy Spirit.
Entombment will take place with Full Military Honors in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude's Hospital Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38101.
To share a condolence visit amicofuneralhome.com.
Published on July 14, 2017
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