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Francis J. Vincent M.D. (1928 - 2015)

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SPRINGFIELD - Francis J. Vincent, M.D., 86, of Springfield died at 1:52 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2015, at his home.

Francis was born June 14, 1928, in the Bronx borough of New York City, the son of Anthony E. and Maria A. Soricelli Vincent.

Dr. Vincent was born of Italian immigrant parents and raised in the Bronx. After U.S. Army service (1946-1948), he attended and graduated from Manhattan College, New York City (1948-1952) and went on to Georgetown University School of Medicine (1952-1956), followed by additional training at Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, New York.

Dr. Vincent's first practice was interrupted by receiving a commission in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant (S/G) and he served as a destroyer squadron medical officer (1960-1961). Upon discharge, he resumed medical practice in New York state until 1964, when he accepted a change of location to Virginia, Illinois, and finally settled in Jacksonville.

During his 26 years of private general medical and limited surgical practice he was a member of the Morgan-Scott County Medical Society and was elected president in 1973. Between 1964 and 1990, as an attending physician at Passavant Area Memorial Hospital, Dr. Vincent served as medical staff secretary, president-elect and president. In the late 1970s, he was co-chairman of the hospital's newly organized Emergency Services Department. In addition, he volunteered as medical consultant to The Pathway School from 1968 through 1987 and was a co-consultant for the Illinois schools for the visually and hearing impaired (1968-1976).

Apart from Dr. Vincent's professional activities, he had a great interest in drawing, sailboat racing, airplane piloting, tennis, writing and traveling.

Soon after Dr. Vincent's retirement from private practice, in September 1990, he became a contracted consultant for the Social Security Administration Disability Program in Springfield. In 1994, he relocated his residence to Springfield and remained working until August 2014.

Dr. Vincent was preceded in death by his parents; ex-wife, Vera; a son, David J. Vincent; two brothers and one sister.

He is survived by a son, Stephen (wife, Teena) Vincent of Springfield; two daughters, Emily and Andrea; six grandchildren; and his beloved pet, Alice.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 12, 2015, at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 524 E. Lawrence, Springfield, with the Rev. Seth Brown, celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Jacksonville. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. Sixth St., Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to United Cerebral Palsy of Land of Lincoln, 101 N. Sixth, Springfield, IL 62703. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
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Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Feb. 9, 2015
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