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Joseph

Mario Vas

Dias

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December 30, 2018

August 19, 1922 - December 30, 2018 Honest and determined with great strength of character...!!! Age 96 years, Predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Raynell Vas Dias (nee Armentrout). Joe served his country in WWII as a Sergeant in the campaign to liberate Italy. A proud member of the 5th Army, 338th Infantry, 85th Custer Division, they marched into Rome in June 1944. Joe was raised from the age of 2 in Hot Springs. As a teenager he worked at The Homestead as a personal groom for Mrs. Ingals' horses, often riding in shows for her. Also at the tennis courts, and as a lifeguard at the indoor pool. After the war, Joe attended college in New York City while working at the Waldorf Astoria for his father who was the comptroller. Back in Covington he worked for Dressler Motors, then Hercules for 20 years as a supervisor. Upon retirement he went to work for the Forestry Service at Lake Moomaw, Gathright Dam for 15 years. Joe's many accomplishments for the community of Covington included participation in the Memorial Day parades on Main St., Lifetime member of VFW Post 1033 serving in the colour guard at many local funerals. He was a member of the Moose Club, supporter of the Alleghany Historical Society during the refurbishment of the train depot, the new YMCA in Low Moor, and volunteered for years for The Red Cross. He served over 50 years as usher for Sacred Heart Catholic Church and truly loved his fellow parishioners. Later in life Joe had many happy adventures with his friend and companion Kitty Fitzgerald. Joe held a special place in his heart for Sister Andrea and all of The Benedictine Sisters of Bristow, Virginia. Joe was recently described by an old co-worker as "standing for everything good and decent". He is survived by his brother Richard (Bernadette) of Kempton PA, sister Joann Thelan (Bud) of Garden City NY, and many nieces and nephews. He was very close to Tim, Cody, and Brian. Predeceased by his brothers James Samuel (Sally) and Carl Henry (Ellen), and niece Pearl Tingler (Vernon). Godfather to Susan Vas Dias Sommers and Kathi Tice Vas Dias. The family would like to thank the following people who helped Joe so much. Penny, Joey, Casey, Tiffany, Samantha, Donna, and those too numerous to mention here. Burial will be graveside Thursday January 10, 2018 at Alleghany Memorial Park Mausoleum at 1:00 PM. Cemetery Information Thursday, January 10, 2019 01:00 PM Alleghany Memorial Park 7008 Winterberry Ave. Covington,VA - 24426 Service Thursday, January 10, 2019 01:00 PM Alleghany Memorial Park 7008 Winterberry Ave. Covington,VA - 24426
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Debbie Shuart

Apr 22, 2024

Kathy, So sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. He’ll be remembered as the kind face and always a kind word sitting in front of us at Church. Prayers 🙏

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Mr. and Mrs Terry Rock

Apr 21, 2024

Shirley and family - We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Johnny was a fine man and he will be missed. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers, with our sincerest sympathy.

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Thomas and Barbara Tucker

Apr 21, 2024

Robert was one of the greatest person I've ever met a Christian friend. And man always loved to see you happy go lucky. Never a bad word to say about anybody. Are lives are richer for knowing him .

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Debbie Tingler Smith

Apr 21, 2024

Shirley and Family
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Johnny was such a kind sweet person. His smile would brighten anyone's day. God Bless All of You.

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Michele and Joshua

Apr 21, 2024

Shirley and family. Sorry for your loss.

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Sandy Lemons

Apr 21, 2024

Shirley, John and Lorrie my thoughts and prayers. Some of our best times in Covington were at your house. Johnny and Bo are up there healthy and pain free. My love and prayers are with you all.

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Donnette Miles

Apr 20, 2024

May you rest in paradise.

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Jack & Nadine Wykle

Apr 20, 2024

Cathy we are both so sorry for your loss. May you find hope and peace in the precious memories of yesterday.

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Roscoe R. Humphries

Apr 20, 2024

Jonny was such a wonderful man who loved his family, enjoyed his motorcycle rides with friends and attending car shows. Prayers to you Shirley and family.

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Donna S. Nicely

Apr 20, 2024

Please accept my most sincere sympathy at this difficult time. May God bless you and may his influence live on in the lives he touched along life’s way.

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Mike and April Rose

Apr 20, 2024

Johnny was a good dear friend,who will be missed immensely.Our deepest sympathy to the Nida family.

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Pete and Mary Hutchison, Jr

Apr 19, 2024

Thankful for the many wonderful memories from our motorcycle trips. Prayers for peace and comfort.

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