Vincent A. "Vinnie" DiNicola, age 75, of Erie, Pennsylvania, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at UPMC Hamot. He was born in Erie on April 14, 1938, the son of the late Carl and Yolanda (Montagna) DiNicola.
Vinnie served in the United States Army following high school. He worked for the City of Erie, as the assistant parts manager at the municipal garage, from 1968 to 1971. He owned the popular establishments Saegerbund, Pickwick Club, and DiNo's Restaurant & Lounge, and also worked as the manager of the City Squire Club. He retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, where he worked as a sales tax investigator in 2000, after more than 25 years of service.
He was a member of the Erie Maennerchor Club, Elks Lodge
67, the Sons Italy, and the 18th Street All Stars. Vinnie enjoyed all sports, especially boxing. He was the youngest golden gloves boxing champion in Pennsylvania history, winning the featherweight title at the young age of 13, and is enshrined in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Shirley Salamone, Theresa Neary and Margaret Panetta, and his former wife, Lucia (Mihadas) Gehrlein.
Vinnie is survived by his children, Carl DiNicola, wife Michele of California, Lisa Plank, husband Robert of Chicago, Vincent P. DiNicola, wife Caroline of Pittsburgh, Lana DiNicola of Erie, Melissa Patrone, husband Ramon of Erie, Anthony V. DiNicola of New York, Phillip DiNicola, wife Celeste of Pittsburgh, Joseph DiNicola, wife Holly of Erie, and Daniel DiNicola, husband Phillip Weigand of Erie; fourteen grandchildren; and his sister, Angela Hayes of Erie. He is also survived by his sweetheart of nine years, Bootsie Delinski; his second wife, Phyllis (Venesky) DiNicola, and many nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call on Friday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m., at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street, at Greengarden Boulevard. Services will be held there on Saturday at 12:15 p.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Jude the Apostle Church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Erie County
, 1128 State St., Suite 302, Erie, Pa 16501.
Published in the Erie Times-News from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2014