Alexander P. Viola, 73 of Wittenberg Road died Wednesday June 22, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Vocklabruck, Austria son of the late Sandor and Valeria Fekete Viola. An area resident for over 30 years, he began coming to the Catskill's in the summer as part of a program of Hungarian Boy Scouts in exile. He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School. Alexander was a talented photographer who's work was published in the book, The Catskills: From Wilderness to Woodstock by Alf Evers. His life was the epitome of a true woodsman. In 1973 he was a recorded 'resident hermit' in the Shady Woods. He loved the beauty in nature and had hiked the high peaks of both the Catskill's and the Adirondack's. He was proficient at hitting the bullseye of a target with bow & arrow, knives, and a rifle. He enjoyed cooking, especially the old world recipes of Hungarian meals. Alexander was a carpenter, and a skilled craftsman of cabinetry who's finished pieces has been enjoyed by many.
Surviving are his children Alexander and Sylvia Viola both of Saugerties, A brother Attila Viola, and a sister Eva Viola,his former wife Victoria Morgan, and one nephew Nicholas Viola also survives.
A Service to Celebrate the Life of Alexander will take place privately. You may share a special memory or condolence with the family on Alexander's Tribute Wall at gormleyfuneralhome.com Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia.
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