Published in Asbury
Park Press & Home News Tribune on March 21, 2010
Peter Virag of
Lakewood, formerly of Carteret, passed peacefully on Friday, March 19,
2010, at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, NJ.
He is predeceased by his wife, Irene; his parents, John and Mary Virag;
his brothers, Joseph, Andrew, John, Mike and Frank; and his sister, Mary.
He is survived by his daughter, Christine Virag-Non and her husband Diosdado
Non; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and his sister,
Rose Virag Mezaros in Florida.
Peter was born in 1922 in Englishtown, NJ. He graduated from Carteret
High School, where he was a star on the basketball teams and baseball
teams that won state championships.
He went to play minor league baseball in North Carolina until he was drafted
into military service in 1942. War injuries ended his baseball sports
career. He joined the Navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS Bennington
as a machinist during World War II in the Pacific theater.
Following his release from active military service in 1946, Peter worked
in the family dry cleaning business for several years in Carteret before
going into the harness horse racing industry.
He owned and drove horses at racetracks in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,
Maryland and New England. He retired from driving in the early 1970's
and went on to serve as a judge at the Meadowlands, Freehold Raceway and
Garden State Park Racetrack until his retirement in 1992. He was always
a sports fan, particularly of the New York Mets and New York Giants.
A visitation is scheduled for 9am-10:30am, Thursday, March 25 at D'Elia
Funeral Home, Lakewood, NJ. A mass of Christian Burial will follow at
11am at Visitation Church in Brick, NJ. Interment will follow at the New
Jersey Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Arneytown.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Help Hospitalized Veterans,
PO Box 98088, Washington, D.C. 20090-8088.