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Frank Vinci Jr.

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Vinci, Frank Jr. CLIFTON PARK Retired Colonel Frank Vinci, Jr., 75, entered into eternal life on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. He was born on January 11, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of the late Frank and Marjorie Miles Vinci, Sr. Upon graduating Northeast High School in 1955, he went on to attend Drexel University and earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1960. He was commissioned thru the ROTC at Drexel as a regular Army officer in the Army Corps of Engineers, upon graduation and attended the Engineers Officers Basic Course and the Engineers Officers Advanced Course at Fort Belvoir, Va., in 1963, and the US Army Command General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. from 1971 to 1972. As a captain he attended the University of Missouri at Rolla from 1964 to 1966, where he earned a masters degree in civil engineering. Colonel Vinci served in assignments in the continental United States, Germany, Korea and Hawaii, as well as two tours of duty in Vietnam. During his time in the Army, his primary duties were as combat engineer officer, with a secondary specialty in the research and development at the Pentagon. He commanded the 11th Engineer Battalion at Fort Belvoir from 1977 to 1979. He then received the position of professor of military science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. While working at RPI, he received and MBA. Throughout his distinguished military career, Colonel Vinci earned the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal, along with many others. Following his retirement from the military service in 1982, he joined the Golub Corporation, holding an executive management position. He continued his professional career with the NYS Dormitory Authority as a project executive and retired from there in December 2002. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 39 years, Betty Ann. She died in 1999. Survivors include his loving daughter, Debra (Stephen) Brogna of Clifton Park; his son, Michael Vinci of Albany and his life companion, Elaine Goldman. Grandfather of Tyler Michael Brogna and Aaron Stephen Brogna, both of Clifton Park, and Eli Rossetti Vinci of Albany; brother-in-law of Anthony J. (Jane) Rossetti of Philadelphia, Pa. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. His passions were spending time with his grandsons, sailing, playing pool, quiet time with his cat, reading of history and his love of sports cars. Besides his family, his opportunity to travel due to his career brought him in contact with many friends which he cherished and enjoyed sharing story's over the years. The family would like to thank the staff of the Rubin Dialysis Center in Clifton Park for their care and support. Inurnment with military honors will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, April 18, from 4-7 p.m. at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, where at 7 p.m. a prayer service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 99 Troy Road, East Green bush, NY, 12061. Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, Clifton Park.

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Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home
1550 Route 9 Clifton Park, NY 12065
(518) 371-5454
Published in Albany Times Union on Apr. 16, 2013
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