Donald Viggiano

Donald J. Viggiano

Saturday, October 10th, 1942 - Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
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Don passed away on July 23, 2019. He was born in Shelton, Connecticut and has lived in Mahwah for the last 45 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Don is survived by his wife Arlene Viggiano (Emory) and his two daughters, Susan Viggiano-West and Lisa Chamberlin, as well as his grandchildren, Micaela (12), Sophia (12), Leah (9), Brooke (9), Cassidy (19), Brittney (17), and Camden (6). He is also survived by his siblings, John Viggiano, Sandra White, and Albert Viggiano.

Don’s greatest accomplishment in life was his family. He had an unwavering commitment to them, and they were his pride and joy.

Don was quick with a smile and his warm spirit was a bright light to everyone whose lives he touched. His easy going nature put people immediately at ease, and his genuine enthusiasm and joy for life was effortless and uplifting. He truly had the biggest heart and made everyone around him feel special. To his grandchildren, especially, he was the epitome of pure love.

An athlete with a lifelong passion for competitive sports, Don was a standout football player for Shelton High School. He was the captain of the varsity football team, and earned all state recognition for his play as a running back and tight end. He was recruited by Rutgers University, where he lettered for three years in football, and graduated in 1965.

After receiving his masters degree in education, he began his tenure at Bergen Catholic in 1967, as the Department Chairman of Health and Physical Education. During this time, Don also coached both track and football for eight years, and was the head football coach from 1970-1974. He was also a long time co-moderator for intramural bowling, and assisted Bergen Catholic students in their annual efforts to deliver holiday food baskets to underprivileged families in Jersey City. In addition, Don taught driver’s education theory, and behind-the-wheel lessons, to BC students for four decades. Don received the BC Founders’ Medal in 2001, and he retired from full time teaching in 2011, after forty-four years at Bergen Catholic, and continued to serve by teaching driver's education until this summer. Don was inducted into the Bergen Catholic Hall of Fame in March, to honor his many decades of service in education.

The family will receive family and friends on Friday from 4-8 pm at Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes.
Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s RC Church on Saturday at 11:30AM.
Interment at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Frank Chamberlin Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks should be made out the Mahwah Board of Education and include a note in the memo field that reads, “The Frank Chamberlin Scholarship”. Checks can be mailed to:
The Mahwah Board of Education
60 Ridge Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Attn: Business Department
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 26th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, July 26th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home
    530 High Mountain Road
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 11:30am
    St. Anthony's RC Church
    276 Diamond Bridge Ave
    HAWTHORNE, NJ 07506
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  • Interment

    George Washington Memorial Park
    234 Paramus Road
    PARAMUS, NJ 07652
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Suzanne Tremblay

Posted at 11:30am
As a neighbor for Don and Arlene from the first day in Mahwah, we are so saddened to learn of Don's passing. He was a great man and a hard worker in his yard. This comes as quite a shock to us. We were away and only read it in the paper after everything was over. We are truly so sorry. He was a great Dad and Grandfather. We will miss seeing him in the yard.

bob norton

Posted at 12:32am
don was the best----devoted husband, the best of grandfathers, the best as a parent, brother and friend--we have shared memories of when we played together at rutgers and coached together at bergen --he didn't just play foot ball for rutgers, in 1964 he was the best football player on the team----we feel terribly that we couldn't be there and we are devastated with his passing---no more phone calls, laughs or time together

Jennie Tober

Posted at 10:30am
We are all sending thoughts and prayers. Such a terrible loss. Take the time you need to care for yourself & your family. Love, WCPSS colleagues
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Allyson Byrne

Posted at 09:09am
My deepest sympathy to the Viggiano family... Love and prayers to you all.
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With love, Patty, Terry and Ann Murphy

Posted at 10:41pm
May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
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