Peter Stephen Viele, 66, rode his last wave on August 20, 2016. Born to John and Pam Viele on February 10, 1950, in Key West, Florida, Pete spent his childhood between Key West, New London and Virginia Beach following his Father’s career as a Navy submarine Commander. Pete attended Admiral Farragut Academy in Toms River, New Jersey and Hampden-Sydney College, finishing his degree at Old Dominion University. He obtained several accreditations at Virginia Commonwealth University and William & Mary for professional fundraising. Pete started his career as a Norfolk Juvenile Probation Officer. He developed and implemented the Wilderness Challenge Program for youth that were facing juvenile detention – a program that is still in place today. He went on to become a successful fundraiser for non-profit organizations that served youth at risk, developmentally-challenged adults, and the ADA. Pete’s most compassionate and all time largest success was being headhunted to the USS Arizona Memorial Museum in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, raising $52 million to rebuild the Museum and Visitors Center. His passion was to commemorate, honor and never forget the Pearl Harbor survivors and soldiers that lost their lives in December of 1941.
Pete leaves behind his wife, Jayne Perkins Viele; son, Peter Nicholas Viele and his wife, Ann Marie and, the love of Pete’s life, his granddaughter, Charlotte Victoria Viele; his daughter Alexandra Nicole (Allie) Viele; stepson, Jonathan Carter and his wife Katie; sisters, Ginger and her husband Don, Annie and her husband John, Phyllis and her husband Peter; brother Tom Viele; brother-in-laws, Jim Perkins and his wife Debbie Perkins; Michael and his wife Kristi; Cathy and her husband Ken; Kim and husband Hoppe; Loretta Marx and dear Mother-in-Law Peg Perkins. Pete has a wonderful family of nieces and nephews in Virginia Beach, North Carolina, Alaska, Brazil and California. Pete also has close friends in Virginia Beach that are very dear to him. A private celebration of life is being planned. Pete enjoy Surfing the Clouds!