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Tony C. Vieira

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Born January 9, 1921 in Gridley, CA, sixth child of Manuel C. and Maria R. Vieira. Died on July 3, 2015, at age 94. Lifelong resident of the twin cities area. Preceded in death by his wife of 43 years Olivia, wife Millie, brothers, Manuel, Joe, Frank and Sylvan and sisters Mary, Alice and Rose. Survived by his son Larry (Judi) Vieira of Yuba City and daughter Linda (Glen) Salmon of Lincoln, CA, grandchildren, Amber and Matt Vieira and Jolene Salmon-Balao (Terrence) great-grandchildren, Jonah Vieira, Ava, and Lucia Balao and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tony performed many jobs throughout his life; cowboy, dairyman, rancher but will be remembered mostly by his 46 year career with Pepsi Cola. Tony began working for Pepsi at the age of 16. He quickly advanced to head bottler and then plant Supervisor. In 1960, Tony and Olivia purchased the distribution responsibilities for the Yuba-Sutter area forming Pepsi Cola Distributing Company which they co-owner for many years. Tony's relationship with his former employees and customers remained strong long after he retired.

Tony loved all sports. He was the player/manager for many fast pitch softball teams. He loved to fish and hunt. The Chester/Lake Almanor area being his favorite playground. Many happy times were spent with family and friends at the cabins in Truckee and Drakesbad.

There were no limits to his ability to fix things or lend a helping hand. He took pride in his garden and kept everyone supplied with fruits and vegetables.

Proud of his Portuguese heritage, Tony was an active member and past president of the Holy Trinity Association in Gridley. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Elks Club and Moose Lodge.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him but mostly by his family who he inspired with his strength, determination, kindness and unconditional love.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 12th - 2pm - 5pm. There will be a rosary at 4 pm at Ullrey Memorial Chapel, 817 Almond Street, Yuba City, CA (530) 673-9542. Funeral Mass will be on Monday July 13th - 10 am at St. Isidores Catholic Church, 222 S. Clark Avenue, Yuba City. Followed by burial at Gridley-Biggs Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Tony's name to the Portuguese Hall/Holy Trinity Association, P.O. Box 884, Gridley, CA 95948.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from July 9 to July 11, 2015
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