[Click any image to enlarge. Vinny passed away in 2013. ]
“Vin” … An all-around athlete, track a specialty … good-looking, too … liked by all … sailing a favorite … “from the word, ‘Go'” … likes Saturday nights … college bound, Dartmouth preferably.
Born: 9-Jun-1937, Jersey City, NJ
Died: 8-Apr-2013, Westport, CT
From Vinny’s 50th reunion greeting to classmates…
I’ve been retired for nine years following a publishing career that was clearly a race on [a] treadmill… Now my days are spent sharpening basic skills such as squinting and leaping.
My plans to become a sociopath were put on hold when I realized that some of my classmates had beat me to it. That kind of took the fun out of it.
[From WestportNow.com, 10-Apr-2013.]
Longtime Westport resident Vincent Kenneth DePierro died April 8 at home. He was 75. Born June 9, 1937 in Jersey City, N.J., he moved to Westport when he was 12. He was a life-long Westporter except for his time attending Syracuse University and a brief stint living in New York City.
No one loved the Town of Westport more than he did, his family said. He could not understand why anyone would want to live anywhere else. He took great pride in the fact that his home of more than 40 years was just down the street from the original house he grew up in on Bayberry Lane.
He attended Bedford Middle School and Staples High School when Staples was located on Riverside Avenue. In high school, he was vice president of his class and a member of both the football and track teams.
His state record in the 50-yard dash was unbroken for many years. In 2000, his accomplishments on the track and football fields were recognized when he was a recipient of a Sportsman Award from the Sportsmen of Westport.
During his 60-plus years in Westport, he was very active in town, serving as president of the Staples Booster Club, a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Minuteman Yacht Club, Singles under Sail, and the Y’s Men of Westport Weston.
Of all the organizations he belonged to over the years, the most enjoyable may have been the unofficial group that dubbed themselves the RGLO, Regular Guys Lunch Out, comprised of many longtime Westporters who enjoyed good conversation and a burger at the VFW Hall.
He passionately believed in the importance of donating blood and donated as often as he could. He was a proud member of the Red Cross “Gallon Club” many times over.
His love of sports was an essential part of his life. He enjoyed nothing more than heading over to Staples for a game. While football was his passion, he was often in the stands watching the other teams as well.
He derived great joy watching his grandchildren play sports and would often boast about their athletic accomplishments. Weekends often found him driving from field to field to watch games and take photographs of his grandchildren in action.
When he was not at the athletic fields, he usually could be found on his boat which he docked at the Compo Yacht Basin. There was not a weekend from May through September that he did not make his way onto his sailboat -– rain or shine.
His family is not sure if it was the love of boating or the need to escape a house full of daughters that drew him to Compo.
Later in his life when it became too difficult to sail, he could be found enjoying a sandwich from Fortuna’s on the boat usually with a friend in tow. Last year, he donated his boat to the Sea Scouts in hopes that he could provide young people with the opportunity to learn to sail and enjoy Long Island Sound.
He began his career in advertising and publishing at Young & Rubicam where he met his wife Rae and many enduring friends. He worked in advertising sales at both Family Circle and Woman’s Day Magazine before landing at Parents Magazine where he worked for almost 20 years before retiring as associate publisher.
He was preceded in death by parents Anthony and Susan DePierro and his wife Raffaela (Rae) Urso DePierro. He is survived by three daughters and their husbands: Lynda and Bob Simonton, Nicole and Doug Metchick and Christine and Kyle Pietras as well as his eight grandchildren Bennet, Stowe and Elsa Simonton, Everett, Reece and Brynnlan Metchick, Rafaella and Norah Pietras.
Family and friends will celebrate his life at a reception Friday, April 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Red Barn restaurant, 292 Wilton Road. It will be a chance for friends to connect, share a story and raise a glass to toast Vince’s life.
Those who would like to honor him with a charitable donation may donate to Staples Athletics, Staples High School, 70 North Ave, Westport, CT 06880.