Gandolfo Vincent DiBlasi died on January 14, 2018 at the age of 64 as a result of complications from pneumonia. Vince leaves his wife Roberta, son Richard and his wife Kristen, son William and his fiancee Kristina, brother Rudolph, nephews Christopher and Matthew, nieces Jennifer and Olivia, and a battalion of dear friends and esteemed colleagues across our city and country. He was predeceased by his beloved parents Rudolph and Theresa and elder brother Joseph. Vince was born in Brooklyn in 1953, graduated from Brooklyn Prep, Yale College and Yale Law School, and then joined Sullivan & Cromwell in 1978. He practiced law there for over 30 years as a partner in the firm's Litigation Group and a member of its management committee. Vince was not only a multitalented star at each stop, but a beloved star. He stood at the top of his class at every school he attended, and was one of the finest practitioners S&C has seen in its 138 years. Vince was a lawyer's lawyer in the best sense of the word, representing and advising the firm's clients on a broad spectrum of contested and transactional matters in areas ranging from takeover law to securities law, antitrust law, commercial law and white collar criminal law -- always involving matters that were particularly challenging and urgent, and among the most celebrated of the day. Vince served the legal and broader community as well, including as a director of The Legal Aid Society, trustee of the Federal Bar Council, trustee of the Riverdale Country School, and director of Asphalt Green. He was the recipient of the Simon E. Baldwin Award of Yale Law School and the Simon H. Rifkind Award of the Jewish Theological Seminary, among other recognitions. Countless lawyers owe so much to Vince for the time he took introducing them not only to legal practice and the firm but also to New York, which he knew and knew how to enjoy like few others. Vince had a heart big enough for everyone, but a special warmth in that heart for Robi and their family, whom he loved dearly and devoted his life and every energy to. For friends and colleagues, nothing brightened a day like a phone call that began, "Hey, it's Vince, let's get together." Those calls and get-togethers will be missed by many, many people. The funeral will be private with a memorial service to follow in the coming weeks. For those so inclined, contributions in Vince's memory to The Independent Group Home Living Foundation (221 North Service Rd, Manorville, NY 11419; www.ighl.org)
would be warmly welcomed.