GRIECO, Vito A., Jr.
Vito A. Grieco, Jr., 64 years of age, of Rocky Hill, formerly of Church St., Old Wethersfield, passed this life and began his spiritual journey on Thursday (September 13, 2012). Born March 12, 1948, he was the son of the late Vito and Sadie (Fiandaco) Grieco. A 1966 graduate of Bulkeley High School, Hartford, Vito was a natural, outstanding athlete: a halfback in football (#47), a guard in basketball (#24) and excelled in every athletic competition in which he was a member. He attended Manchester Community College. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, where he served as a Tank Commander. After his return, he worked for the Hull Brewing Company, and in 1976 he joined the Hartford Distributors (HDI) family, becoming a well known, well respected salesman for 36 years. Vito had a love for his company, his position, all of his fellow employees, as well as his customers, and all felt the same for him. But most of all, he cherished his family: a devoted husband, loving father, and friend. Vito had a pure heart, a compassionate, generous spirit, always with a smile on his face and a warm handshake. He had many challenges in his life, which he valiantly fought, always coming out on top and ready for whatever else came his way. He was a committed fan to the Red Sox, the Giants, the Celtics and all of the UConn Husky teams. Vito's passion was running; he ran every morning before starting his route, and he competed in many many road races, and triathlons. He was an all around athlete. He leaves to mourn his passing, his best friend, partner, and soul mate, his wife of 41 years, Diane (Pion) Grieco, his most precious of gifts, his loving children: Vito Grieco, III and his wife Diane (Accatino) of San Diego, CA; his daughter, Regina Grieco Vignone and her husband John of Chelmsford, MA; the joy of his life, his beautiful grandson Christian Robert Grieco of San Diego, CA; his in-laws: Aline Wysocki of Hartford, Arthur Pion and his wife Nancy of FL, Jeanette Gumienny and her husband, Stanley of VT and FL, Julie Pion of Waterbury, Gloria Pion of FL; and dear, cherished friends: Cathy and Douglas, Matthew (his godson) and McKenzie Brown of Wethersfield, Judy Garneau of Waterbury, his Hartford Distributors family, and many many other very close, loving friends, too numerous to list. He also leaves nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and many wonderful cousins, and his brother, John, of Bristol. He also leaves his buddy, his Labradoodle, Mercedes. Besides his parents and his in-laws, Joseph and Cecile (Sirois) Pion, he was predeceased by his brother, Joseph and his brother-in-law, Robert Wysocki. The family expresses its heartfelt appreciation to the very special 9 Central ICU and 9 North Neurology Teams at Hartford Hospital for their dedication, commitment and compassion.
Calling hours will be Monday (September 17) from 4-8 p.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday (September 18) at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 601 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield. Interment will follow in Village Cemetery, Old Wethersfield with full military honors. Contributions in Vito's memory may be made to the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, P.O. Box 29261, Richmond, VA 23242, Sacred Heart Church, 56 Hartford Ave., Wethersfield, CT 06109 or to Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main Street, Taunton, MA 02780. For on line expressions of sympathy, please visit www.desopo.com.