Vincent "Vince" Cabral February 10, 1918 - March 22, 2013 Resident of Castro Valley Vincent "Vince" Cabral passed away peacefully at Eden Villa Assisted Living in Castro Valley, California on Friday morning, March 22nd, 2013. Vince was 95 years old and was a loving son, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many in his long life. Vince was born February 10, 1918 in Sacramento, Ca. to James and Mary Rossi. His father died in the early 1920's and his mother remarried to Tony Cabral and the family moved to Oakland in 1924 living in the Fruitvale District. Vince attended Bella Vista Elementary School and Roosevelt Junior High. His family, including brothers Peter John "Vernon" and Glen, moved across the bay by ferry to San Francisco's Mission District in 1930. He attended Horace Mann Jr High School and graduated from Mission Dolores High School in 1936. Vince started work after graduation at a candle making factory in San Francisco and recalled that the 1930's were the best time to live in San Francisco when he enjoyed attending San Francisco Seals baseball games at Seal Stadium and going out to Fisherman's Wharf to enjoy fresh crab. Vince enlisted in the Army-Air Corps in 1940 with hopes of being an aircraft mechanic but World War II was declared and his two year enlistment turned into almost five years of service to his country as a military policeman and radio corpsman and received his honorary discharge in December 1945. Upon his return from the service, Vince started work for the Borden dairy company in San Leandro and in 1948 he met his future wife, Phyllis Abrell, while delivering dairy products to a Borden Ice Cream Fountain Shop in Alameda. Vince and Phyllis were married in San Francisco in July 1948 and then resided in the Washington Manor area of San Leandro where his family grew to include three children, Michael, Rosemary and Richard, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Vince became a self-taught handyman, woodworker, aquarium designer and gardener. Always working on projects and he grew the best vegetables in the summer. He was very active supporting local Boy Scout troop 608 for many years, finally serving as a District Commissioner. Vince worked for the Borden Company until 1972 and in 1973 started a ten year career with the San Leandro School District at San Leandro High School until his retirement at the age of 65. An avid San Francisco 49ers fan since 1946, Vince held season tickets for 37 years, and attended the five Super Bowl games the team won. In retirement he also loved to play golf with friends and once shot a 'hole in one' at the Tony Lema Golf Course in San Leandro. Most importantly, Vince was most proud of his family. Loving father of Michael (Gloria), Rosemary (Ken Mintz) and Richard (Brigette). Dearest grandfather of Ayesha (Christopher Robin), Brianna (Chip Slingerland), Danielle, Sarah and Richard Jr.. Great grandfather of Madison, Hudson, Clayton, Kaleb and Jakob. Brother of Glen (Anne). And, uncle of Mark, Sandra, Rebecca, Susanne, David and Gary. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Tony and Mary, brother Vernon, nephew John Powell, and beloved daughter Rosemary. Vince has now "gone home" to join his family in heaven. He will be deeply missed by everyone that knew and loved him. Family and friends may visit on Monday April 1, 2013 (5:00pm-9:00pm) and are invited to attend the funeral service on Tuesday April 2, 2013 at 10:00am at Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home, 32992 Mission Blvd, Hayward, Ca., 94544.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Mar. 26, 2013