SANTILLO, SR, Vincent James, 95, of Dover, passed away peacefully December 15, 2012. He was a quiet man who spoke much with few words. He was born 1917, in New York City, and was orphaned at the age of 16. Vincent loved his country, and served it well, as an Army Air Corp crew chief during World War II in the Pacific. His job was to ready the landing strips and to service the planes, as our forces island-hopped to Japan. After wartime correspondence, he finally met the love of his life, Florence Riccobono. They were married for over 66 years and raised four children in Totowa, New Jersey, in the house which he built himself. He was a tile contractor by trade, and his work is seen in many NYC landmarks. He later worked at AT&T headquarters in New Jersey, retiring in 1993. He was the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop #74 in Little Falls, N.J. He served as an usher at Holy Angels (R.C.) Church, and was Grand Knight and District Deputy in the Knights of Columbus. He also was on the Tile Union's Executive Council. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Arricale; 3 step-brothers; and many close relatives who were like siblings to him. Vincent is survived by his loving wife, Florence; their four children, Vincent (Angie) Santillo, Jr. of Dover, Fla., Diane (Walter W. Jr.) Jones of Canandaigua, NY, Mark Santillo of Panama City, Fla. and Joy Santillo, of Costa Mesa, CA; six grandchildren, Dominic (Beth) Santillo, Nicolas (Jill) Santillo, Veronica Santillo and their mother, Andi; Halo Bontly, Vincent James Santillo III, Cameron Jones; two great grandchildren, Dominic, Jr. and Kaitlyn; and a large extended family. A visitation will be held 6 -8 pm, Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Stowers Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated, 11:30 am, Friday, December 21, 2012, at Nativity Catholic Church, 705 E Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511. Interment will be held at a later date in Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lifepath Hospice, www.lifepath-hospice.org or to the National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinson.org
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Published in TBO.com on Dec. 18, 2012