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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.





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Published in Hartford Courant on Sep. 16, 2012.
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September 26, 2012
September 26, 2012
September 26, 2012
Diane so sorry to here about Vito. He will be missed. Sal Greco BHS 67
September 26, 2012
Diane and family, sorry to here about Vito. He will be missed. Sal Greco
September 24, 2012
I send my condolences to your family on the loss of your loved one. growing up in the south end and attending Bulkeley High with Vito I can vividly remember him playing football and what an athlete he was. Boy the good old days, So long my friend and God Bless.
Pete Matarangas
September 19, 2012
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE ISERVED WITH GRIECO IN VIETNAM ON SAME TRACK . WITH 2/I CAV.IN 68-69 HE WAS AFUNNY GUY ALSWAYS JOKING AROUND. SGT.MACK SENT ME THE E- MAIL .DONALD GOINS VERSAILLES ,KY.
September 18, 2012
Diane and Family,
I'm sorry to say it's has been over 45 years since I last talked with Vito. However, I feel compelled to offer my sympathies to you and your family. Vito and I played football for Bulkeley and grew up a few blocks from each other in the south end of Hartford. Like many of his teammates, I remember Vito for his competitive nature and athletic abilities. I also remember him for his ability to have fun in everything he did. In high school, Vito lived life to its fullest and always made sure everyone else around him did the same. I have a strong sense that this was a consistent theme throughout his entire life. I will always have wonderful memories of Vito. He was one of the good guys.

Bob Sullivan B.H.S. Class of 1966
Bob Sullivan
September 18, 2012
To Vito's Family and Friends my condolences . I worked for Coca -Cola and Vito's and my route flanked each other's . We would alway's shoot the breeze about our Giants and Red Sox good times and bad he was a special person he will be missed .
Rod Webber
September 18, 2012
Diane and Children,
I went to high school with Vito. He was the best. So sorry for your loss.
Janis Vallery Thurnau
September 18, 2012
To Vito's family and friends,

God bless you all at this time.
Vito will be in our hearts forever.
Jan
BHS 66
Janet Cuccia
September 18, 2012
I lived across the street from Vito on Franklin Ave. Great guy, never put others down.Fellow Veteran. Used to see him on his HD route in South Windsor. I will miss him.
Mike Broad
September 18, 2012
Lived across the street from Vito on Franklin Ave. Would see him on occasion in South Windsor in years past. Good Man, Fellow Vet, I will miss him.
Mike Broad
September 18, 2012
I will never forget all the fun Vito brought to everything he did. His great smile and sense of humor brought much laughter to MCC, Friendly's and, for those that remember, Sputnuts and of course, Joey's. You will be missed old friend, so sorry to hear of your passing, but God and his angels will just love your company. May Vito's family find peace in the memory of one who cared so much, my condolences to you all.
Diane Marquis
September 17, 2012
September 17 2012

I had the privilege of knowing Vito for close to 35 years and the opportunity to work closely with him for the past 8 years. Vito was a consummate professional in all of his dealings in his business life, he was an even better man with his love for his family and his spirituality in his personal life. His advice and wise counsel will be missed by all who knew him.

Mike Andreo and the staff of Putnam Plaza Super Liquors
Mike Andreo
September 17, 2012
Diane and Family,
I was very sad to hear of Vito's passing. I have many fond memories of all of us hanging out together in the South End. My prayers are with you and your family.
Love,
Your old friend, Debbie Henson
Debbie Henson
September 17, 2012
Dear Diane, Vito III and Regina,

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with your father Vito, for over 10 years.

During that time we developed a close and trusting friendship both at work and after work.

I trusted Vito more than anyone and he always set me straight or tipped me off if there was something going on that I should know about.

I earned his trust and loyalty.

He stood by me if the going got rough and always was in my corner if I needed guidance.

I will never forget his kindness his sense of humor and his steadfast determination and mentoring.

One thing for sure and that I learned early on, If Vito like you and you earned his trust you could always count on him being there for you.

He was always there for me and that I will never forget.

God Bless
Bobby Scandura
September 17, 2012
Diane and family,
we are deeply sorry for your loss of vito. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Maureen Easton
September 17, 2012
Wishing your family & friends Peace, Light and Inner Strength
Wishing you safe passage and the knowledge that you will be missed, and continually loved~
Conni Nogas
September 17, 2012
Vito & Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember what a wonderful, fun, and sweet man your father was. Treasure all of your wonderful memories of him and know he will always be with you and your family, you have a special guardian angel watching over all of you now. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
Tina Scavetta Martinez
September 17, 2012
To The Grieco Family:
I am very shocked to hear About Vito passing. He quite a athlete @ BHS but and even better nieghbor in Wethersfield when his family lived across from on Buckland Rd.

My family thoughts and prayers are with during this grieving process. Vito was a great Dad & Husband but even better friend,,I love you Vito !

Jim Vendetti
Jim Vendetti
September 17, 2012
Vito, I'm very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Dorothy Bors
September 17, 2012
Diane, Regina, Vito III,

Vito was the bests athlete in the Bulkeley High School Class of 1966, and he was loved and respected by all. His contagious enthusiasm, kindness, and sense of humor will always be remembered by everyone fortunate enough to have known him.

Wayne Leghorn BHS '66
September 17, 2012
Grieco family, very sorry for Vito's passing, shared many good times at bulkeley high school, God Bless
richard civiello
September 17, 2012
Our condolences to you all.
Mark Peluso
September 17, 2012
Dear Diane,Regina,Vito & family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! We will miss Vito and his infectious laugh and personality as will so many! Cherish your memories, we are so grateful for ours with him!!! We love you, Pammy & Brucey
Pam & Bruce Urso
September 16, 2012
Vito's Family--Knew Vito by reputation when we would scrimmage Bulkeley in football in the '60's and later when he moved into Old Wethersfield and when he would stop by at the Old Town Cafe filling in for our salesman. He was always smiling and upbeat no matter what the circumstances. He will be missed by many but everyone will have great memories of a great guy.
Steve Kelly
September 16, 2012
Our deepest condolences. Vito was a wonderful person and always had a smile on his face. He will be sincerely be missed.

Dave & Lorelei
September 16, 2012
Dear Diane, Vito and Regina, We send our most sincere condolences. Cousin Vito will always have a very special place in our hearts and memories. With our heartfelt prayers and love.
Wardene and John Crowley
September 16, 2012
Bulkeley H.S. Alumni Association
September 16, 2012
you will be missed by all who knew you. you touched many lives. all of us that worked at the russian lady will remember you.
pat caron.
September 16, 2012
Our deepest condolences. Vito was a wonderful person and always had a smile on his face. He will be sincerely be missed. ?

Dave & Lorelei
September 16, 2012
Dear Diane,
Vito will always be remembered by my family for how dearly he loved you and your family, and for his kind and caring ways when we were with you at the ball games and in your home.
He always had a positive and very generous way with people. I will always remember how much fun Karen had when she was out with Regina doing some fun event that Vito had planned.
My prayers and love are with you and your family.
Sincerely,
Marilyn Zenga-Sheehan
Marilyn Zenga
September 16, 2012
Dear Diane, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children at this heart breaking time in your lives. We may be here in Maine, but we are with you in Connecticut in spirit. May Vito now rest in peace.
Bob & Geri Cashman
September 16, 2012
Diane and family---you are so lucky to have had so much love and light in your life. Vito was like the sun bright and shining and you always knew when he was in the room as I can still hear his laugh. I will never forget what a great friend he was and how much he loved everyone. Love you guys.
Jennifer Wood
September 16, 2012
Very sad to hear of Vito's passing. He will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to the Greco family.
Paul Conforto
September 16, 2012
My Condolences to the Grieco Family
John Rimscha
September 16, 2012
To Diane and Family

Vito was one of my very first friends when my family moved to CT. He grew up for a short time in the north end of Hartford and spent a lot of time playing at my home. He was a favorite of my mother. We played midget football together and you could see that he would be a great athlete...eventually he moved to the southend and of course starred on Bulkley's football and basketball teams.. although I was at Weaver a rival, we remained friends. I always held a special kind of brother to brother feeling with Vito... I only wish that the last few years we have not in touch we could have been. He will always remain that special friend in my heart because he was the kind of person who just liked people no matter race/ethnicity, rich or poor Vito was a special person and will be a special person in Heaven. God Bless you all
Glenn Fields
September 16, 2012
My sincere condolences with the passing of Vito. I grew up in the Franklin Ave., area of Hartford with Vito and attended Bulkeley as well. Vito, will always be remembered as a caring and good person and friend. Although are paths went different ways after school, his big hello's and cheerfulness will stay with me forever. May we hold his memories forever. God bless.
Jerry Martin
September 16, 2012
To my friend, mentor and colleague you will be missed. I remember all the good times we shared and the many fond memories of you. You were a great person and gone to soon. My prayers go out to your family.
Mike Boris
September 16, 2012
Diane, Vito, Diane, Regina & John-
We want to extend our condolences and our heartfelt sympathy. Many friends share your grief. Please know that you all are very much in our thoughts and heart. Tony & Kathi
Kathi Bove
September 16, 2012
SO SORRY TO HEAR OF VITOS PASSING.HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED .OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE GRIECO FAMILY.
FRANK ,DENISE LaCAPRUCIA
September 16, 2012
You will be forever missed. I'm sure we will meet again
chris webster
September 16, 2012
Vito, was a truly passionate soul for life .He always spoke of his family , and if you knew Vito,well you were part of his family.Thank you friend for sharing your spirit of good nature to me and my wife, your hand shake and smile will be missed,but your presence will not be forgotten . Semper Fi Vito, because you have always been faithful from your heart.
Peter Nogas
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