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Phil Vassello

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Phil Vassello, 92, beloved husband of the late Viola Miller of Hoosick Falls, passed away in the presence of his family in his home on Pike Street in Hoosick Falls, in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, after an illness.

Born in Yonkers, on July 9, 1913, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Marie Castrogiovanni Vassello. Phil was one of five brothers and sisters. Remembered as a hardworking and wonderful father, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend and family man, he is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Higgins of Yarmouth, Maine; a son, Thomas Vassello of Hoosick Falls; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Carr.

A native of New York, Mr. Vassello was a resident of Yonkers, Hastings-on-Hudson and Hoosick Falls. He had a long career as a plumber, working well into his “retirement” and continuing to do small jobs even after the onset of his illness. Prior jobs included working as a WPA truck driver, a foreman and wire-splicer at Havershaw Wire & Cable. Later, he graduated from RCA Radio School in New York City whereupon he began a side career as a radio and TV repairman. He eventually owned and operated a small storefront radio and TV repair shop in the same Yonkers neighborhood where he grew up, while continuing to work in the plumbing and heating business.

In the 1970s, Phil and his wife, Viola, moved to Hoosick Falls, living in the same house on the banks of the Hoosic River where his wife was born and raised. Even though in semi-retirement, Phil became a well known local plumber and community member. Actively involved in Kiwanis activities, he was a past president, and honorary member, frequently giving of his time and talents. He was proud to have done many plumbing and heating jobs for the First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls, where he and his wife were active for many years.

Phil enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, good Italian home cooking, and was gifted mechanically, able to fix anything. He also enjoyed his Monday night poker club with other longtime residents of the area.

The grandchildren would like to extend a special thanks to family member, Sharon Moore, a registered nurse, for sharing her loving care, professional knowledge and expertise in giving comfort and support to their grandfather. Sharon’s son, Eric, 30, of Hoosick Falls, has always been considered Phil’s eighth grandchild.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls. There will be no calling hours. Those wishing to remember Phil may make a memorial contribution to either the First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls, 80 Main St., Hoosick Falls, NY 12090 or to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Robson-Reinfurt Funeral Home, 72 Main St., in Hoosick Falls. A condolence book is at www.Robson-Reinfurt.com, online obituaries.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 8, 2006
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