[Congressional Record Volume 159, Number 168 (Friday, November 22, 2013)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1755]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                      HONORING ARMAND G. VIRTUOSO


                           HON. BRIAN HIGGINS

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                       Friday, November 22, 2013

  Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and honor Armand 
G. Virtuoso--a decorated veteran, entrepreneur, and exemplary family 
man--who passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at the 
age of 91.
  Born in Niagara Falls, NY on August 25, 1922, Mr. Virtuoso displayed 
the type of selfless dedication to his country that has facilitated the 
exalted reputation tied to the U.S. Armed Forces throughout our 
nation's history. In the line of duty as a private in the U.S. Army, 
Mr. Virtuoso narrowly escaped with his life after being ambushed by a 
solidified position of German snipers. For his profound and 
demonstrated resiliency, he was awarded the Purple Heart.
  Mr. Virtuoso married Carmela Infantino in September of 1947 at St. 
Charles Church in Niagara Falls--a faithful commitment lasting 67 
years. He worked for the Olin Mathieson Corporation for 25 years as the 
company which processed chemicals, metals and ammunition, exhibited 
extensive growth and prosperity during and immediately following World 
War II. Mr. Virtuoso and his wife moved to Las Vegas in 1972 where he 
established and successfully operated Niagara Upholstery until his 
  Mr. Virtuoso displayed the same type of dedication to his faith as he 
did to his career and family. He was a devoted Catholic and a committed 
member of St. Thomas More Parish in Henderson. He was also a Fourth 
Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #247. Mr. Virtuoso 
enjoyed bingo, going to the casino, ballroom dancing, and most of all 
the precious time he was able to spend with his family.
  Mr. Virtuoso is survived by his wife, Carmela of Henderson, NV; sons, 
Armand, Dennis, and Joseph Virtuoso; his grandchildren, Gina, Nicklas, 
Dr. Armand III, Vincent, Joseph Jr., Michael, Dennis Jr. (DJ) and 
Sierra; his great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Joshua, Kaden, Fallon and 
Mason; his sister, Adeline Kilkenny of Niagara Falls; as well as 
several nieces, nephews and cousins.
  Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride that I rise today to honor the 
life and accomplishments of Armand G. Virtuoso. Whether through his 
harrowing journey of military perseverance or his loving devotion to 
his family and friends, Armand Virtuoso strived to achieve excellence 
in every aspect of his life, and ultimately left behind a legacy to be 
both honored and emulated.