October 10, 1944 – April 24, 2020
Kenneth A. "Kenny" Viviani formerly of Rocky River, OH passed away peacefully at home in North Ridgeville, OH at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Margaret U. "Peggy" Viviani. Dear father of Kathryn "Katie" (Terry) Stone and the late Matthew K. Viviani. Cherished "Biggy" to Sydney Elizabeth, Tyler Matthew and Londyn Victoria. Brother to the late Alfred P. Viviani. "UNC" to Gary, Nancy and Rick.
Ken was a man of integrity, loyal to a fault, who loved his family fiercely. He was a good man with a big personality, always smiling and drawing a laugh unless you tested the little patience he had. Kenny was known for his kindness, he always knew a guy, who knew a guy, either to help someone out of a jam, or to save them a buck or two, it didn't matter he just wanted to help. Reflecting on Ken’s journey through life, it is clear he meant so much, to so many. It’s important to start by remembering the years before Kenny became a devoted husband, a beloved father, and a doting grandfather, as he was first a loving son to his parents, both immigrants from Italy, Anna & Alfonse. Kenny was a younger brother to Alfred, and became an adored uncle to Ricky, Gary, and Nancy, who still refer to him affectionately as ‘Unc’. Born and raised in Rocky River, Kenny attended grades K-10, building lifelong friendships prior to graduating from Lutheran West High School in 1963.
After graduation Kenny continued working as a Manager at Lum’s where he learned all aspects of the bar/restaurant business enabling him to open his own Lum’s franchise 5 years later. It wasn’t until 1970 when he met his beloved wife Peggy of 48 years at a Cleveland Skyscraper’s dinner party. Membership to this club was unique as you had to be at least 6’ to join, so at 6’ 7” Kenny was a shoe-in, and so was Peggy who had been recently crowned “ Miss Tall Cleveland”.
After thee wed, Kenny joined the Bay Village Jaycees, years later becoming President of that chapter. Then along came a daughter, Katie. Now a Dad, Ken felt it was time to transition into a so-called 9-5 job, and thanks to friends in the biz, he landed his first sales job as a liquor sales rep with Universal Marketing. Less than a year later, their son Matthew was born with a life-threatening illness. Without hesitation, Kenny took on a 2nd job to support his young family, doing what he missed most from Lums, tending bar.
It didn’t take long for Kenny to make a name for himself selling booze when he caught the attention of locally owned Stanley Restaurant Supply Company. Ken was just what they needed, and signed on as a Sales Manager to call upon and service the Cleveland areas top bars and restaurants. He became respectively known by some as “Kenny from Stanley” and by others as the “Gentle Giant”. Around that time Kenny took his bartending talents to Edgewater Yacht Club where he became a fixture on Sunday nights for the next 10+ years. After 18 years at Stanley, it was time to bid farewell, so in 2002, he began the final chapter of his career at Darling International as an Account Manager.
Retiring was hard for Kenny, he loved going to work everyday, he loved making new friends, but he loved his family more, and wanted to spend more time being a “Biggy” to his 3 Grandchildren, and that he did. Kenny enjoyed camping, fishing, garage-saling, yes garage-saling, and most of all spending time with those he cherished most, he was truly loved by all and he will be missed.
Memorial Visitation & Service
Saturday, May 2, 2020
May 3, 2020
Words of condolence hardly seem enough during these uncertain times but please know that these words come from people that genuinely wish peace and comfort to Peggy and her entire family and friends. I feel privileged and honored that I can say that I had the opportunity to have both Mr. and Mrs. Viviani share a little part of their lives with me and for that I'm thankful.
May 2, 2020
Unc was the best of all uncles. I'll cherish the times we had and the great memories we shared. He always knew the answers to things that no one else would know. We shared a lot of traits and a lot of ideas. In some ways we were very similar, and sometimes we had the same thoughts. Right down to the matching Suburbans. He will truly be missed by all. Our best wishes with the family.
With love, Richard Viviani, Sandra, Madeleine, Richard. A, Jaimie, Suzie, Becky, Thomas and Natasha.
May 1, 2020
So sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. My condolences to his family. I met Kenny when he first started working at Darling. I trained Kenny and John Rini at Darling in 2002. Kenny was always a pleasure to be around. I am proud to have called him my friend. God Bless him as he is with God the Father now.
Laurie, Dominic and Crista Constantine
May 1, 2020
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your families loved one. What a wonderful person he was. Always making you feel at home and like real family. I have wonderful memories of great conversations with him at our first meeting and then some! Always laughing always smiling always jovial. What a huge loss to so many. Please know that we are keeping you near and dear to our hearts and praying for your faith and strength and wonderful memories of him in your life to carry you through this difficult time.
April 30, 2020
His ready smile, booming laughter and his playfulness, especially in the kitchen are lasting memories. He loved cooking and we loved everything he cooked. He also worked magic in the bar downstairs. He would have 4 small children (Kate and her cousins) seated at the bar and would make non-alcoholic “Tom Cat” mix cocktails. He served the drinks in adult stemware with serious bartender demeanor and a twinkle in his eye. You will be missed, dear Kenny.
April 29, 2020
Peggy & I have been my friend for years starting with meeting at a computer club meeting. I have been a friend on Facebook of Ken's and will miss his posts. My sympathy to Peggy and your family. Your friend, Darlene Ells
Barb Peate Sabo
April 27, 2020
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. We have known each other since grade school. All of us were looking forward to another mini at Mitchell’s Tavern in Westlake when this pandemic began, and it had to be canceled. We were waiting for it to be over so we could plan another. Whenever that is, we will toast to Ken, a kind and gentle man. You will be missed.
Sandy and Mike Lane
April 27, 2020
Peg and Kate, so sorry for your loss. We spent a lot of time with Ken in the Jaycees during the 80’s.
We moved to Michigan and lost touch. Ken and I had just reconnected on Facebook about 6 months ago.
He was a great guy, fun to be around, a great husband, father, and grandfather.
April 26, 2020
So sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. I will always have memories of what a good caring friend he was, especially, when my husband, Dan, his long time friend, was nearing the end of his life. They are now renewing that friendship! May he Rest In Peace.
April 26, 2020
So sorry to hear of Ken's passing.
I first got to know Ken back at Rocky River Junior High.
He was a gentle giant and will be missed!
April 26, 2020
KEN WAS A VERY, FUNNY AND KIND PERSON. HE WORKED WITH OUR FAMILY FOR MANY YEARS. HE WAS TRULY AN ASSET TO OUR COMPANY IN ALL THOSE YEARS. HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL. TAKE CARE, PEG AND FAMILY. MAY HE REST IN PEACE!
April 26, 2020
As Ken's classmate, it has been a joy to get to know him at our class gatherings these last few years. Ken was a true gentleman. We were also Facebook friends and I so enjoyed his unique sense of humor. He will be missed by me and by his many classmates and Facebook friends. Condolences to Peggy and the family.