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Victor Anthony Rizzi, Jr.

AGE: 88 • Spring Lake Heights



Victor Anthony Rizzi, Jr., 88, passed away peacefully at home on May 14. For many years a Spring Lake resident, Mr. Rizzi resided in Spring Lake Heights the last five years. Born & raised in North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow), NY, Mr. Rizzi graduated from North Tarrytown High School in 1947. A star athlete, he Captained the 1946 'Headless Horseman' football squad and was selected to the All-Westchester County and All Metropolitan All-Star teams. In 1946, he was the winner of the Jack Small Trophy awarded to the outstanding player in the annual clash between North Tarrytown and arch rival Washington Irving High Schools. In 2012, North Tarrytown High School Alumni Association honored him with a special trophy in tribute to 'His School Spirit and Generous Support".

When a teenager, Mr. Rizzi worked as a reporter for the Tarrytown Daily News. In recent years he contributed numerous pieces to a series of books edited by Mario Toglia containing stories of immigrants from his family's ancestral home in Calitri, Italy. Among the titles were: "They Came By The Sea", "Preserving Our History", and "Celebrating the Heritage". He also enjoyed authoring features for the North Tarrytown, Washington Irving and Sleepy Hollow Alumni Newsletter.

Mr. Rizzi graduated with an A.B. degree in Economics from Princeton University in 1951. A scholar athlete, he played on Tiger football teams led by the legendary coach, Charlie Caldwell. Among his teammates was the 1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier. Mr. Rizzi was also a member of the Tiger Inn, becoming great friends with fellow housemate john Bogle, who would one day found the Vanguard Group, today, the world's largest mutual fund company. As an alumnus, he would serve as an officer of the Class of 1951.

The year following graduation found Mr. Rizzi teaching and coaching at Governor Dummer Academy in Massachusetts. The subsequent two years he performed similar duties at the Hun School of Princeton where he also served as Athletic Director. Mr. Rizzi would ultimately change direction, earning an MBA degree from the NYU Graduate School of Business Administration and embarking on a long and successful commercial banking career, beginning at Chemical Bank in New York before retiring as a Senior Executive Vice President of the National State Bank in New Jersey. He even found time to teach financial courses for 15 years in the evening division of Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison).

Mr. Rizzi was a member of the Nassau Club, the aforementioned Tiger Inn, The Princeton Club, the Senior Corps of Retired Executives and several historical, environmental, and church groups. He previously lived in Convent Station and Princeton before permanently settling in Spring Lake in 1985, having summered there since 1969.

He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 53 years, Rosemary Deasey Rizzi of Morristown, who founded the Garden Club of Spring Lake presiding as its first president as well as the president of several historical and school organizations in Princeton and Spring Lake. A charitable man, Mr. Rizzi donated to many causes and sponsored two scholarships in his wife's name. He is survived by a son Robert of Spring Lake Heights and a daughter Laura Rizzi McGahan of Chapel Hill, NC. He was also pre-deceased by his parents Victor and Fanny DeCarlo, and his brother Donald.

Those wishing to do so may make a donation in Mr. Rizzi's name to the Garden Club of Spring Lake or the Spring Lake Historical Society.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of O'Brien Funeral Home, Wall. For more info, visit www.OBrienFuneralHome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on May 28, 2017
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