Vincent A. Di Lena, 79, Bradenton, formerly Sarasota, died Nov. 8, 2006.
Born April 28, 1927, in Montclair, N.J., he came to Sarasota in 1958, from Italy, and to Bradenton, in 1959. He lived in Italy for 18 years, and obtained his education at the University of Naples.
He earned a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in foreign languages, english, and social studies, from the University of Tampa; and was employed by Manatee County for 33 years, teaching English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL). He taught for the University of South Florida's Upward Bound Program, and taught Italian at New College, Sarasota.
He was a member of Mantee Education Association; Florida Association of Adult and Community Education (FAEA); and served in the Air Force, during the Korean War.
Survivors include his childhood sweetheart of 50 years, wife, Bridget M.; daughter, Anita Di Lena Hannan, Tallahassee; son, Michael (Cathy), Chiefland, Fla.
Memorial Mass was held Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, where he attended.
Brown and Sons Funeral Homes, 43rd Street Chapel, handled arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, 2850 75th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34209.
Published in The Bradenton Herald from Nov. 12 to Nov. 19, 2006