Peter Vieira, 76
Peter T. Vieira, 76, died on Saturday, March 14, 2009 in Sarasota, Fla. surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Jamestown on January 21, 1933, he was the son of the late Antone and Rufina (Rosa) Vieira. He received a bachelor's degree from URI, a master's degree from the University of Hartford and was a U.S Army Veteran.
Peter moved to Connecticut where he was employed by Central Connecticut State University, retiring with emeritus status after 28 years of service in administration. He lived in Newington for 47 years before becoming a resident of Sarasota, Fla. in 2006.
He was an active member of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Newington and St. Thomas Moore Church in Sarasota. He was the president of the New England Tennis Foundation, a member of the Friendship Center Board, and very involved in the United Way as well as many charities.
Peter was a talented tennis professional for more than 40 years, ranked #1 in New England 34 times, #1 nationally in Men's 55 Singles and in the top 10 nationally many times in various age divisions by USPTA. He received the New England Adult Sportsmanship Award by the USTA/NE in 2002 and was also awarded the Senior Player of the Year Award in 2002 and 2008. In 1996, Peter was inducted into the New England Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport.
Peter is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Charlotte L. (Mahoney) Vieira, his daughter Judy and her husband Garret Ratcliffe, his daughter Jen Mancini and his son Kyle Vieira. He also leaves five grandchildren who he adored; Michael, Chelsey, and Nicole Mancini, and Austen and Taylor Ratcliffe. Peter was predeceased by his sister Mary and his brothers; Frank and Thomas Vieira.
He is survived by his sister Helen Pineau, and his sister Ann Bussee and her husband George, and his sister-in-laws, Dot Vieira of Jacksonville, Fla., and Dot Vieira of Providence.
Memorial donations may be made in Peter's name to Christian Children's Fund at www.christianchildrensfund. org or to the CCSU Foundation, Inc., PO Box 615, New Britain, CT 06050.