An obituary on the website of the McHoul Funeral Home says Viafore “was tragically taken from us on April 19, 2015. He was 46 years young.”
“He was an avid cook,” the obituary continues, “and was known for his incredible ‘smoked ribs.’ He loved the Hudson River Valley and enjoyed running the Walkway on a regular basis while participating in various billiard and volleyball leagues, as well.”
Viafore’s family has not publicly commented on the role Graswald allegedly played in his death, which prosecutors say includes moving a paddle from him as he struggled to stay afloat in the water and waiting to call for help.
But the obituary’s long list of surviving family and friends, including “his former wife and close friend, Suzanne Carson Viafore of Pleasant Valley,” does not mention Graswald.
After he capsized during a kayaking trip and disappeared beneath the waters of the Hudson, Viafore’s body was found five weeks later.
The Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy but have declined to comment on its results. Prosecutors also declined to comment on the autopsy, but Graswald’s attorney tells PEOPLE the body showed “no signs of foul play.”
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