Pittstown- John A. Veiga, 89, a longtime resident of LeLoup Road, died peacefully, Monday, December 21, 2015 at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, Vermont.
Born October 11, 1926 in Lowell, Massachusetts, Mr. Veiga was the son of the late John R. and Evelyn (Marsden) Veiga and for over 49 years the husband to his beloved wife, the late Eileen (Middleton) Veiga, who predeceased him March 23, 2001. John and Eileen were married on August 1, 1951.
After John’s family relocated to Cohoes, he attended Cohoes City Schools and Cohoes High School.
On February 12, 1945, after working for several years as a butcher’s assistant and as an automotive mechanic, John was drafted into the United States Army at the conclusion of World War II. After completing basic training where he qualified as a rifle marksman, John was stationed in the Asiatic-Pacific theatre as an automotive and heavy armor specialist. On December 14, 1946, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Technician, Grade 5.
After returning home from the service he established and was the self-employed owner and operator of the John A. Veiga Excavating and Contracting Company until his retirement in the late 1990’s. In his quiet time he enjoyed caring for his chickens and pet dog, was an automotive and motorcycle enthusiast and at one time raced small modified outboard motor boats.
Mr. Veiga is survived by his brother and sisters-in-law, Ronald and Helen Veiga of Pittstown and Linda Veiga of Brunswick, six nieces and nephews, Wendy Veiga of Brunswick, Salvador Cicchinelli of Grafton, Jim Cicchinelli, Jean Cicchinelli and Carol Cicchinelli, all of Waterford, and Thomas Haney, several cousins and his dog, Beanie. In addition to his parents and late wife, he was predeceased by a brother, the late Robert Veiga, three sisters, Gloria Haney, Evelyn Cicchinelli and Janice Veiga, and two nephews, John Dingley and Roger Veiga.
At John’s request, a private funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at the Howard B. Tate and Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 NY Route 7, located in Raymertown. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon, Saratoga National Veterans Cemetery in Schuylerville. There will be no public calling.
Memorial contributions if desired may be made to either Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204 or the Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North Street, Bennington, Vermont 05201 in memory of John A. Veiga.