Joseph Vinci 84, of East Long Meadow MA., formerly of New Britain, CT. passed away on Thursday, (September 12, 2013) at the Redstone Rehab Center. Joseph was the son of the late Luciano and Maria (Nisi) Vinci. He served with the U.S. Army Band in the 1st U.S. Cavalry Division during the Korean War, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with Two Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan). He was employed by Diamond and Empire Upholstery in New Britain and later formed his own business Vinci Upholstery and antiques in Florence, MA. He was proficient with musical instruments such as trumpet, drums and the piano. He had a love for the music of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra and loved dancing in his youth. Joseph is survived by two sisters, Pauline Soltis and her husband John of Forestville, Delores Urso and her husband Carl of Arizona; two sisters-in-law Lorraine and Zinet Vinci of New Britain and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by four brothers, Benjamin, Frank, Chester and Vincent "James" Vinci; four sisters, Rose Williams, Sophie Zipadelli, Lucy Bighinatti and Joan Pulcini.
Friends and family are invited to call on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. till time of service at 10:30 a.m. at the Berlin Memorial Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Kensington. Burial with Military Honors in Saint Mary's Cemetery will follow. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.berlinmemorialfuneralhome.com.