Charles (Chuck) Nicholas Vietry Jr., 64, a native Newporter, passed away Monday April 1st with his wife Johanna of 31 years, at this side ending his year- long battle with pancreatic cancer at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
The wake will be held at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home in Newport, on April 3, 2013 from 4-7pm.
A graveside memorial service will be held in June where final internment will be in the family plot at the Island Cemetery.
“Chuck”, a 4th generation Newporter, was the son of the late Anna Silvia Vietry and Charles Nicholas Vietry, born January 23, 1949. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Johanna Libka Vietry and his two “kids,” Beau Jolie and Driving Miss Daisy his beloved standard poodles, and several nieces and nephews in the Midwest.
Chuck graduated from Rogers High school class of 1967 and was a graduate of Roger Williams College class of 1972 where he taught creative writing as an undergraduate. He was accepted at the University of Iowa Writers workshop, but because of his love of the ocean and Rhode Island declined the opportunity.
Chuck had worked in the Newport hospitality industry for many years as a bartender. He was the co-owner of Vietry Photography, as well as the proprietor of a small downtown Newport gallery and online business, The Angler’s Art, specializing in restored rare vintage fishing photographs and prints which were from his private collection. He was an avid shore fisherman, as well as an ardent surfer. He was a member of the Newport Salt Water Fishing Club.
He and his wife produced the documentary “The Newport Waterfront Remembered” in 2007 for the Friends of the Waterfront, interviewing and documenting native Newporter’s memories of the water- front in order to preserve and raise awareness of the public’s right to access the shores of the Newport. He sat on the Citizen’s Advisory Board to the Newport City Council. In the last year of his life, Chuck was the security supervisor for the Goat Island Condominium Association.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at the wake. To donate by phone: Please call 877-272-6226 or to donate by mail: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266