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Scott F. Viera Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 1, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

“Whatever he involved himself with, he was totally passionate about it. And wrestling was his passion, with sports being a prominent part of his life,” Kelli Viera says of her late husband, Scott, who died in 2008 at the age of 44.

Scott grew up in East Greenwich and was a standout athlete at East Greenwich High School, lettering not only in wrestling but also football and baseball. He continued his education at Rhode Island College where he earned All New England honors in wrestling and, in 1988, participated in the Olympic trials.

Following college, Scott enrolled in a one-year culinary program at Rhode Island School of Design, then began a career in the food business that culminated with a position as district manager for Friendly Ice Cream Corporation.

Wrestling continued to be a big part of his life. Scott coached at the high school level in East Greenwich and Bristol before beginning his collegiate coaching career at Roger Williams University (RWU) where he was the university’s first head wrestling coach. He later coached at Eastern Michigan University before returning to RWU as assistant coach for the 12 seasons prior to his death.

“He was passionate about his wrestlers, recruiting, and teaching. He had a tough, but fair coaching and teaching mentality,” Kelli shares.

But wrestling wasn’t Scott’s only passion. “He was passionate about family and about being a dad, and he just loved his daughters,” Kelli says of their children, Courtney, now 19, and Sydney, now 16.

Not surprisingly, Scott coached the girls’ soccer teams. “He wanted us to have fun, but we always had to give our best,” Sydney and Courtney say.

Following his cancer diagnosis, Scott joined the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Adult Advisory Council and served at times as a national speaker for the organization. “He wanted to work with them to help improve the patient experience,” Kelli recalls.

“This fund (designated for the RWU wrestling program and Dana Farber’s Family and Patient Advisory Councils) lets us forever support two of Scott’s passions. I love the legacy aspect of having the fund with the Foundation,” Kelli concludes.

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