Vincent Rizzo "Jimmy"
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Vincent "Jimmy" Rizzo, of Centreville, DE, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. He was 90 years old.
Mr. Rizzo was born in Wilmington to the late Joseph Rizzo, Sr. and Angeline Capparella Rizzo.
He served his country as a Technical Sergeant in WWII in the US Army in the South Pacific.
After returning from the war, he went into the family business established by his father in 1942, Joseph Rizzo & Sons Construction Co. Inc., with his late younger brothers, Joseph, John and Benjamin Rizzo.
He started Vincent Rizzo Construction Co., Inc. in 1960. A stone mason and stone cutter by trade, the home he built in Centreville was his pride and joy for his family. He also started subsequent businesses with his sons, Masoncraft, Inc., Rockford Construction Co. and Ashland Construction Company. He was an active member of the Delaware Contractors Association. He built a reputation for quality and superior workmanship.
He loved his music. An accomplished musician who played the piano (his love), guitar, accordion, mandolin and organ. He enjoyed ballroom dancing and travelled extensively with his late wife, Elena. One of his passions was making wine, sharing and enjoying with his family and friends.
He was an involved member of St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church and St. Anthony of Padua Parish.
Vincent was preceded in death by his wife Helen in 2006. He is survived by his children, Lorraine Elliott-Hankammer and her husband, John of Centreville, Joseph Vincent Rizzo and his wife, Deborah of Wilmington; Maria R. Baldini and her husband, Nicholas Jr. of Hockessin; and Vincent J. Rizzo, Jr. and his wife, Diane of Centreville; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters in law, Theresa, Ann and Grace Rizzo and Mafalda Marsicano; and his aunt, Bertha France.
Special thanks to Regina Taylor for her love and caring for Pop for 9 years.
Friends and family may visit from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, June 8, at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 am on Saturday morning, June 9 at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church. Entombment will follow Mass at Cathedral Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his memory to St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, DE 19807.
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Published in The News Journal from June 6 to June 7, 2012