Vincent J. Martone Sr.
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Hockessin, Delaware-Born December 15, 1930 in Wilmington, Delaware to the late Rose Greggo Slacum and Henry F. Martone, Vincent left our side at his home in Hockessin on Wednesday morning, October 2, 2013. Vince was the beloved husband and best friend of Constance (nee McDorman); and father to Deborah Bailey (Keith), Shirley Butcher, Elizabeth Martone, and Vincent Martone, Jr. (Maryann). In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by 8 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; brother, Thomas Martone (Joanne); and brother-in-law, Larry McDorman (Vivian).
Vince was predeceased by 3 grandchildren.
Vincent graduated from Wilmington High School in 1948 and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He attended St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Vincent spent his entire working career in the automobile industry. He started out at Rollins, later becoming Vice President of Liberty Buick and went on to own two car lots in Wilmington and Stanton. He and Vince, Jr. ran Stanton Auto Sales together for many years. They had a very special bond, not only father and son, but working partners and friends. After retiring he often returned to help adjust automobile inventories at several dealerships in Wilmington and Baltimore, finally retiring from Bay Shore Ford in 2000.
After retiring, Vince loved to babysit his granddaughters, Samantha and Nicole. He always loved to take them to the park for long walks with their golden retriever, Samson. When the grandkids outgrew the need for babysitting, Vince and Samson could still be found taking those walks.
Vince and Connie loved to travel, and had visited every state in our beautiful country with the exception of one (Oklahoma). They took several trips overseas, but their favorite spot was their "honeymoon" beach retreat in Ocean City, Maryland. They loved long walks on the beach and Vince always said there wasn't a prettier view in the country than looking out at the ocean from their balcony and looking at the surf as you head north over the Indian River Bridge.
Dear Vincent, each time I see you, all time melts away. Precious moments come flooding back and I am reminded of the joy and laughter we have shared over the years. You will be sorely missed by your wife, your children and your friends. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
It was Vincent's desire that his services be private. He will be laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery on Monday, October 7, 2013.
Some people come into our lives quietly and go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same. Anonymous.
Doherty Funeral Homes, www.dohertyfh.com, 302-999-8277.
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3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The Daily Times from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6, 2013