Joseph P. Vige

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NAUGATUCK — Joseph P. Vige, loving husband of Sandra (Rapisarda) Vige, passed away at Waterbury Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, surrounded by his family.

Born in Bridgeport on May 1, 1943, he was the son of the late Joseph Frank and Mary (Herman) Vige.

In addition to his wife Sandra, he leaves his son, Joseph George Vige and his wife Beth, of North Carolina; his daughter, Joy Morrison and her husband Keith, of Trumbull; his eight grandchildren, Anthony DiZinno, Nicholas DiZinno, Amanda Famiglietti, Dominic DiZinno, Brandon DiZinno, Mick Morrison, Lucy Morrison, and Jodi Zygmont; and his three great-grandchildren, Skylar DiZinno, Anthony James Francisco Jr. and Dante Joseph Francisco.

Joseph spent most of his life wrapped up in sports and being a hard worker to provide for his family. During his four years at Fairfield College, he participated in baseball and football.

Once out of college he became a truck driver for Sunbeam, delivering bread. Joe worked for Sunbeam for 35 years and worked his way up as a sales manager in Waterbury, and then a supervisor in Bridgeport the last five years he worked at Sunbeam. After retiring from Sunbeam, he worked at the Waterbury Country Club for about 10 years.

He was a resident of Naugatuck for more than 55 years, where he took care of his family and made great friends. Joe continued with many different sports during his time in Naugatuck. He played softball in Fairfield for some years, and also played on a bowling league at Lakewood Lanes in Waterbury.

With the close friends he made living on Millville Avenue, he played racket ball every week and even earned himself the Millville Champion title. Throughout his time at Sunbeam his boss and some coworkers played cards every Wednesday night, even far into retirement.

Besides sports, his favorite thing to do was travel and go on cruises with his wife, family, and friends. For the last few years of Joe’s life, his focus was playing and enjoying the time with his great-grandson Dante.

Visitation was to be Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 N. Main St., Naugatuck. A service to celebrate Joe’s life was to be at 4:30 p.m.

To send any online condolences, please visit naugatuckvalleymemorial.com.