Grandmaster Vincent James Patrick Viele, born November 26, 1938, peacefully passed through heavens gates on May 14, 2022, at the age of 83 at his home with his daughter Cindy by his side. Pre-deceased by 6 siblings and survived by the youngest sibling William Viele (Sandy), all of Niagara Falls, NY, USA. Grandmaster will be greatly missed by his children, Wendy Viele, Cindy Viele, and William Viele (April). His grandchildren, Briana Joy, Michael William Vincent, Jessica (Sean), and Rebecca (Tolga) all have many happy memories and will miss him terribly. Great grandpa was dearly loved by Meabh and Cashel. Pre-deceased by the love of his life Raymonde (they are finally together for their coffee date at Timmies) survived by her children; Jerome (Sittana), Denise, Ruby (Gaston) and Leo (Sherri). Grandchildren; Ali Jerome, Alain and Bridget, Kenny, and Colin. Great-grandchildren, Carter, and Skylar.
Grandmaster Vincent will also be dearly missed by his Martial Arts family, The Jeongs’ and all the students that he was involved with over the many years he dedicated to Jiu Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do.
Vincent was honourably discharged from the US Navy in 1959 after four years of service and he was a long-standing member of the Ironworkers Local 736.
Family and friends will be received at Pleasantview Funeral Home 2000 Merrittville Highway, Thorold (905-892-1699) on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 4:30 pm. Interment will be at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens on Saturday, May 21 at 10:00 am.
Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in Vincent’s name. Please share valued memories and condolences through the Guestbook link above.
Condolences from family and friends
Posted by Peter Raymond | 20-May-2022
I have trained under Master Vincent for ten plus years in Taekwondo and for six years in jiujitsu. Whenever I saw him in the dojang it was rare to see a frown on his face. He loved what he did, and he especially loved his students. I was lucky to have him as a mentor and I will miss him dearly. I send my condolences to his family.
Words cannot express how much I will miss Master Vincent. I am so heartbroken by his sudden passing. My heart goes out to his family. He was a gold standard of how we ought to live and he taught us just as much about how to be a decent human as he did in martial arts. I will miss him and his classes so much. For some reason he loved using me as the "uki" and it was my honour to comply. I will miss his story telling, his coaching, his personality, his presence. He always encouraged "excellence, not perfection" and staying mentally focused. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to learn from him and to go to as many of his noon classes as I could. He was one of my favourite humans. He will always be "My Master Vincent". Condolences to all his family members - I can't begin to imagine how much you all will miss him.