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NORTH POWNAL -- Vincent Pizzano, 85, a longtime resident of North Pownal, and a winter resident of Bonita Springs, Fla. died March 11, 2003 at his residence in Florida.

Born in Lawrence, Mass. Sept. 25, 1917, he was the son of the late Gennaro and Eleanora (Maglio) Pizzano. He received his bachelor of science degree at Iowa State University. Mr. Pizzano was a World War II Army veteran having served with the 4th Infantry Division from 1941 to 1946. He landed in Normandy on Utah Beach on D-Day and served until the war ended in Europe.

He was a recipient of the Bronze Star with Five Stars and Arrowhead and the American Defense Service Medal. He was awarded the Normandy Medal of Liberty by the French government. He then entered the Army Reserves and retired after 24 years with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Mr. Pizzano married the former Dorothy Olson. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Oct. 18, 2002.

In 1946 Mr. Pizzano co-founded and owned Northeast Wood Products Inc. in Pownal. Later he founded both Pizzano Construction Company and served as president of Pizzano Investment Company.

Mr. Pizzano was a past exalted ruler of the Bennington Lodge of Elks 567 and was a member of the Bennington Rotary Club for more than 30 years. He was a charter member and first president of the Bennington County Industrial Corporation. He served as its president again in 1973.

Mr. Pizzano served, as chairman, on the former Bennington Catholic High School Board and Pownal Elementary School Board. He also was a member of the Southwestern Vermont Supervisory Union district.

He was well known among the horsemen in the area, as he drove his own standard bred horses for 25 years at the Saratoga, Green Mountain and Hinsdale racetracks.

He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass. and of the Spanish Wells Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla. He was a former president of the Mt. Anthony Country Club in Bennington. Following his retirement in 1985, Mr. Pizzano began sailing.

Mr. and Mrs. Pizzano lived on a sailboat for seven years. In 1985, together with a group of 12, they sailed an 85-foot sloop across the Atlantic.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy Pizzano and North Pownal and Bonita Springs, Fla.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Brian Pizzano of Vicenza, Italy and Thomas and Diane Pizzano of Herndon, Va; a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Brian Corrigan of Phoenix, Ariz; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a sister, Eleanor Threlfall of Kingston, N.H.; nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial mass will be offered at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in North Pownal, on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. Following the funeral service a reception will be held at the church.

Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire contributions in memory of Mr. Pizzano may be made to the Silver Towers Camp through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, Vt 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 31, 2003
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