Victor Joseph Verola

DSCN0008Victor Joseph Verola, age 72, died peacefully at the Evergreen Hospice Center September 1st 2015 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Victor was born on September 14, 1942 the eldest of 5 children to parents Carmine and Josephine Verola. Victor met the love of his life Ivana, while serving in the US army and stationed in Italy. During their 50 years of marriage, Victor and Ivana raised 3 children, moved to various parts of the country and 15 years ago relocated to Bothell, WA with family.
As a Service Operations Director, Victor had a successful career with Philips Healthcare where he fostered life-long friendships and made a positive impact on many people. Vic retired from Philips in 2007 after 26 years. In retirement, Victor and Ivana traveled extensively and visited many beautiful national parks camping with their children and grandchildren. Victor had a 2007 july Yosemite 054passion for life and was devoted to his Catholic faith as a parishioner at St Brendan Catholic Church in Bothell. Victor loved to share his wisdom and experiences with others and often reminded his family how blessed they are in life. His favorite quotes to share were “Camping Time”, “Let’s go to the Zoo”. He is survived by his wife Ivana, sons Carmine and Victor, daughter Diane, brothers Joseph and Carmine, his sister Kathy, his dog Cuco and many great friends. Victor is preceded in death DSCN0121by his late parents, his brother John and his nephew Joey.

A Vigil Service will be held on Friday, September 4th at 7:00 pm and a funeral mass on Saturday, September 5th at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Bothell. Friends of Victor may wish to make a donation to the Pancreatic Action Cancer Network in lieu of flowers.
Your thoughts and prayers for the repose of the soul of Victor Joseph Verola are much appreciated!

24 Responses to “Victor Joseph Verola”

  • Jim and Diane Moran says:

    Vic, We couldn’t have had a more loving, caring dad and grandfather to our children! We will miss you and think about you everyday. Thank you for all the wonderful memories and for reminding us how truly blessed we are. Please look over us from heaven as we keep you close to our hearts forever!

    Love eternal~ Jim and Diane

  • Dean - Carmine Verola says:

    o It is very difficult to comprehend that my loving brother Vic is no longer with us.
    o His spirit and love will be missed forever
    o Our family life growing up, our travels, our experiences together, all those moments together in life will be etched in my mind for eternity
    o Vic had always been the central figure among our siblings and the guiding star in our family
    o Vic had provided such wonderful guidance to me through the years
    o I have wonderful memories of our many hiking trips and our fun trips in Florida
    o My best man at my wedding
    o I will always bring Vic to mind to continue to guide me and to help keep our family ties strong
    0 Vic was a great Uncle to my two daughters Lindsay and Jennifer
    0 We will all miss you forever and ever

  • Lynne (Browne) Bishop says:

    Vic was a wonderful gentleman and such a fine human being. He always had time for a kind word, help if needed and a smile. Remembering him fondly from many years at Philips. My condolences to his family on the loss of a great man. May God bless and comfort you all. And may Vic rest in peace in the embrace of God.

  • Laura and Carmine says:

    To the most sophisticated,intelligent,strong,,loving, caring and honest person we know thank you for all you have done for us you have also taught us many lessons that will stay with us forever we love you always POP

  • Tony M says:

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the Verola family. Vic was a wonderful person with a heart the size of texas. I worked for Vic for several years at Philips , and maintained contact with him even after He and his family moved to Bothell.He was a fair man, honest , and caring. He took great joy in hearing about the little things in his friends lives that are the human experience. I find comfort in the fact that he lived a complete life , and found the good in each and every day. I will miss him . as will you , but I will keep the memories of his enthusiasm and that wonderful smile with me always.

  • Roberta Kaplan says:

    I feel so lucky to have been introduced to Vic and his family through my husband, Les, who worked with Vic some thirty years ago. He and his family have been such a pleasure to know. I have always described Vic as just a great guy always with a smile on his face and a big hug at the ready. I will forever remember him this way and feel a better person for having known him. I feel lucky to know that he is up there watching over us.

  • Kayla Madsen says:

    The unconditional love, support, and strength that you gave fills my heart with joy and happiness. Your presence up lifted everyone, your laugh contagious, and your heart filled with endless amounts of love and encouragement to all.

    As I look up to the stars I know your there guiding us, your the feel of the wind, and the warmth of the sun. The memories and wonderful moments that were spent together are forever engraved in me, and your legacy will go on through us forever.

    With all the happy times that were spent in your presence , they will deeply be treasured and I thank you for allowing a place in your family for me. I have learned so much from you and you are engraved in my heart.

    You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. As for now, I look forward to seeing you in my dreams.

  • Harry McDow says:

    Vic was one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. Not only was he a great manager, he was a leader, and giving of all his knowledge. His smile was contagious and his attitude was always upbeat, even when things were difficult. He took time give of his business acumen and would always find time to have “tea time” with anyone who needed to talk. He was truly a good man, and had the knack of being an excellent manager and still being a friend, a very rare quality in a leader. I’m a better man for knowing him. “Always inspect what you expect, Harry.” It is something he told me years ago, and it something I always do now; I still see Vic’s big smile.
    My deepest condolences to the Verola extended family. He will be missed not only by the family, but by those he touched. Rest in God’s Light, Vic. You will be missed by us all.

  • Les Kaplan says:

    It’s so hard to express or summarize in a few sentences what knowing Vic and his family for almost 35 years has meant to me and my family. From our first years with Philips in N.Y. and Shelton, CT., to the last 6 years out here in Bothell, he has proved to be one of the most genuine, caring, and wonderful people that I’ve ever had the privilege to know. I will always remember him as a true friend, and while I will miss him terribly, I also know that his spirit and legacy lives on in the family that he cared for so much.

  • Clay Smith says:

    Vic was a dedicated passionate worker and Boss, we worked many years together before, during and after the transition to Seattle. I traveled to Seattle from CT and Vic would always have me over for a great Italian dinner prepared by Ivanna, what a cool she is. Vic and I shared a passion for Anchovies pizza. He was a great man an friend with a beautiful family. I know his loss is difficult and my thoughts and prayers are with Ivanna and Vic’s family

  • Les Smith says:

    I’m saddened to learn of this loss.

    That’s what it is – an enormous loss – foremost to Vic’s family and beyond that, a loss to all of us who benefited from knowing Vic – and all of us benefited, didn’t we.

  • Ketan Shah says:

    Vic will always be remembered by his ability to connect with people, and of course his smile. Anytime I had a conversation he always made me feel better, and had an idea or two to enrich the conversation. I met Vic in 2001, and worked for him in his last three years prior to his retirement. He was one of the best coaches I ever had, and many times I kidded with him how he was my second Father. He will always be remembered as a friend, colleague, and coach…..thank you for being there for me Vic.

  • Chris van Bergen says:

    Vic I will never forget you, because of your people’s skills, your coaching, great smile, and many more things. Especially Shelton, CT brings back good memories, when Philips was a lot smaller, and like a family with you as a manager. RIP Vic.

  • John Velleca says:

    Vic will be missed, he was a great man, true leader and friend…

  • James Moran says:

    Ivana,Diane,Jim,Mike,AJ,Matt and the enire Verola family. I am with you in spirit and prayer as you say goodbye to Vic. He has been a gentle,steady patriarch for the more than 25 years that I have known him. When the coast to coast move was required I was glad that Vic and Ivana would be there to ease the transition
    to a beautiful but far away place. We will all agree that Vic left us to early but his pain and suffering has been relieved. The legacy he has left will live on for the Moran family and his memory will be with us for the rest of our days. Rest in peace Vic, we will meet again.

  • Jimmy Spurgeon says:

    This is a great loss to all who new Vic. In my early years with Philips, Vic was always a calm and steady force in times of stress and change. He was a mentor to all who new him. Even those who did not work directly for him were influenced by his presence. He was a good man. My prayers go to his family.

  • Tom Naughton says:

    Though long ago at Philips, Vic was the best boss I ever had, and taught me “enjoy all the phases of your life”. So sorry to know he is gone from the earth, but glad so many will hold him in their hearts. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  • Dave Weber says:

    Really gonna miss you Vic. You had faith in me as a new manager, and helped me learn the skills I’d need for future success. I loved your sense of humor and always relished the times we’d connect after our professional relationship had passed. (those times in the SeaTac airport waiting for the red-eye. :-))

    Peace and condolences to you and your’s

  • Maria Trompetta says:

    When my brother Jim married beautiful Diane he truly found a second family with the Verolas. Vic was a wonderful man. I will never forget, when we visited in Washington, how he went out of his way for us during our entire stay. No matter how many times he had seen Seattle he took pleasure in showing us the sights like it was his first. We had a wonderful trip to Mt. Rainier in his camper, and he stayed back and kept me company when I became too scared to hike any further. When he heard me mention that I’d liked a certain wine at a vineyard we’d toured, he had a bottle waiting for me when went to his house for homemade pizza night. He was always so interesting to talk to and a wonderful listener. His love for his family was so obvious. I take comfort that he is no longer in pain, but I know what a tremendous loss this is to his wonderful wife, his children, my brother and his grandchildren. To all of you, please know that I am sending love and prayers.

  • John Ariatti says:

    We moved from our home in New Orleans (our first move) to California in 1979. Vic and Ivana were one of the first families we met in CA. Vic was the Regional Service Mgr and I was the new Regional Sales Mgr. Not only was he the best service managers I ever worked with in my career, he was one of the nicest guy with a wonderful family. We saw the Sequoias for the first time with them and did other activities. I remember asking him how was it that he always could get a camping spot in Yosemite w/o a reservation. He said they just go up in the higher elevation. Ivana explained, no one else goes up there because you have bears roaming around the tent all night! He also told me that the way you judge whether you can go in the ocean or not is to walk out until the water is over your ankles. If your ankles don’t hurt very much, then it is not too cold to go in! He told me that now that we left our home and our families we had the opportunity to start our own family traditions for our selves, rather than just follow our parent’s traditions. He was right. We used to order pizza for the office. He and I would always order an anchovies pizza. Being the only Italians in the office, we knew we wouldn’t have to share it with anyone else. Many great memories. We later worked at Philips together. We haven’t been in touch as much over the more recent years, but when we did, it was like we were together just yesterday. I loved the guy and feel blessed to have known him. My prayers go out to Ivana, the children and grand children. I know that this is hard on them. Hopefully they have some peace knowing how much he was loved, by so many.

  • Christiane and Wali Khairzada says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Verola family. It has been our honor and pleasure to be Vic and Ivana’s neighbors, and we will miss our chats in front of the house and meeting at the mailbox. It was with great sadness when we first learned of Victor’s diagnosis and then to helplessly stand by and watch his courageous and dignified fight, always with Ivana and his family by his side. Vic, we will see you later! Ivana and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Paula Shelley says:

    My husband, Bill Shelley, worked with Vic in NY, San Diego and San Jose. Vic was always a warm, friendly guy to us. I remember a Thanksgiving dinner that started with lasagna, I think, and then went on to turkey! Espresso became Bill’s favorite after having it at Vic and Ivanna’s for breakfast. When we later took a trip to Europe, Bill only wanted to get a 3 cup espresso pot as a souvenir. When Vic and Ivanna moved to CT, we connected again .
    I am so sorry for your loss Ivanna’ and kids. There are no adequate words that can relieve your aching loss. I have been, and will continue to pray for Vic and your family.

  • Mike and Pat Harle says:

    Ivana – Patty and I think about you and Vic every day. Miss him – love you. I trust your family is well and in the process of healing.

  • Bob Purdy says:

    A truly good man who is missed by all who ever knew him. A true leader who could always get the best from everyone who worked for or with him. One of the great influences of my life and career.

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