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Vincent William Gigliotti, age 91, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014, at The Toledo Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of Mardelle and Vincent Gigliotti. He was a wonderful and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly and sadly missed. He and his wife, Eleanor, began their life together as sweethearts at Woodward High School, and that love and friendship has continued these many years. They were married for 72 years.
Vince served in WWII, 82nd Airborne Division, 325th Glider Infantry. His Company saw duty in Africa, Italy, England, France and Holland. On D-Day, his Glider Regiment flew into the St. Lo area and later was deployed to the Battle of the Bulge. During his service in European combat, he received a Battlefield Commission and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Silver Star, and the Bronze Star Medals. Upon his return, he became a life-long member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Courthouse Square, where he was very active in church activities and sang in the choir for 25 years. Vince often soloed and sang at weddings in the area. He was gifted with a beautiful baritone voice.
Men's tailoring was his profession for 60 years, a skill he learned from his father, who as a young man in Italy was apprenticed in a master tailor's shop. Upon his return from service, he and his wife opened a cleaning and tailoring shop on Galena Street, which was moved to Monroe Street as a Tailoring shop, and then to Central Avenue. Over the years, Vince became a common and welcoming sight at his sewing machine, with material in hand. He loved to sing, to sew, and to be with people.
Family was the joy of Vince's life. He and his wife shared many happy activities together with their children and grandchildren, especially camping and canoeing in Michigan and numerous summers on Opinicon Lake in Ontario, as well as winter vacation in Yellowstone. They all did and do share a great love of the outdoors.
He and Eleanor enjoyed many mutual interests, especially the arts. They both loved music, and through the years, they supported the Toledo Ballet, the Toledo Symphony, and The Toledo Opera. Their travels took them throughout America and into many countries, and included wonderful cruises. Vince was a big sports fan and follower of UT basketball for years. Vince was also a member of Downtown Coaches.
He is survived by his wife, and children, Vincent C. "Skip" (Kathleen), Chriss (Terri), Nancy Lynn (George); grandchildren, Christy (Jonas), Alissa (Boyd), Courtney, Geoffrey, Heather, Chessey (Chad), and 5 great-grandchildren.
Proceeded in death by his mother and father; sister, Giovanna and grandson, Matthew.
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Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 6, 2014