Ronald Paul Viola, 67, of Mays Landing passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born to the late Primo and Barbara (Burgess) Viola in 1946. Ron was a sergeant with the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1972. He retired from the Operating Engineers Union Local 825 in 2008 and Sexton's Equipment Company of Vineland in 2012. He was an avid outdoorsman and family man. If not out hunting or fishing, he was cooking up delights for his family. Ron was a Scout Master for Boy Scouts Troop 10. Additionally, he was a vital part of the Camping Club at Vineland High, where he shared his love of the outdoors and camping with a multitude of high schoolers. He could always be found in the cook tent preparing meals. Ron is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Beth (Baniky) Viola; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald & Bailey Viola; daughter and son-in-law, Kaitlyn and Matthew Totora; grandchildren, Mykaela and Cole Totora; sister, Taffy Manchester; sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Dana Snell, all of Gardiner, Maine; and brother, David Viola of Carver, Mass. He will be sadly missed by his beloved pets, Fannie, Pasquale and Tilly.
A funeral home visitation will be held this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rone Funeral Service. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from Christ the Good Shepherd Parish-Church of St. Isidore the Farmer, 1655 Magnolia Road, Vineland. Friends may gather at the church after 9:45 a.m. until Mass begins. There will be no visitation on Saturday. Interment will take place at a later date in the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery in Estell Manor at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland.
At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ronald's memory to: Boy Scouts of America Troop 10, C/O Patty Shelby, 3375 Hawthorne Court, Vineland, NJ 08361.
To send online condolences, please visit the "Book of Memories" Tribute/Condolence section on our website at www.ronefuneralservice.com.
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