Vincent L. Vecchione
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BRAINTREE Vincent L. "Curley" Vecchione, 64, a legendary boxing manager of Braintree, died unexpectedly July 2, 2009 at the South Shore Hospital. Beloved husband of Judith (Beals). Loving father of Vincent Vecchione of Middleboro, Donata Vecchione of Hyannis Port and Shane Beals of Rockland. Dear grandfather of Jackson, Samantha and Austin. Brother of Dominic of Brockton, Anthony of Avon and Paul of Rockland. Born in Weymouth, he had been a lifelong resident of Braintree. He was a 1963 graduate of Braintree High School where he was known for his great ability on the football field. A Funeral Service will be held at the McMaster Funeral Home, 86 Franklin St., (Rte. 37), Braintree, Wednesday, July 8 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit the funeral home Tuesday 5-8 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, the family sincerely requests that donations in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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Published in The Patriot Ledger from Jul. 6 to Jul. 7, 2009.
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July 17, 2009
I have never met Vinny, but the picture you all have painted of him is of a wonderful man that I wish I would have known. I have been asking myself ever since July 2nd "why Vinny was taking so soon in his life". He was obviously needed and loved by so many here. The only comfort I can find is that he is safe and home with his mother,Dora.
Dorathy Lehmann
July 17, 2009
Some of my earliest and sweetest memories as a child are of my Aunt Dora's home and the wonderful, colorful, people contained therein...like her dear son Vinnie.
He really was made of the stuff that creates legends - something iconic always lingered in the room around him. He was a real presence... big, handome, quiet and strong but also very loving and thoughtful to those he cared about. I recall, so vividly and so warmly, the way he never forgot his Aunt Angie (my beloved great grandmother) even though she lived far away from him in New York. He would call her all the time just to tell her he loved her. Their phone conversations were short (not being the biggest phone fan, those were her favorite type lol) but they were frequent and they brought her so much joy. I remember the year before she passed-one of these calls came through while I was there... she hung up and turned to me and said "My dah-lin Vinnie never forgets me" Her eyes were full of affection and love.
No matter how busy he was, he never forgot her. He made it a point to remember.
When I discovered that dimension of Vinnie's personality, I held him in even higher esteem forever after.

None of us will ever forget you, Vinnie. Even those of us whos lives were touched by you in the smallest of ways. Thank you for demonstrating, so eloquently, even with so few words, the meaning of true loyalty and sacrafice and familial love.

The world's loss is Heaven's gain. May Angie and Raye and your darling Dora embrace you and pull you into their light and love... and may every newsboy cap in Paradise tip for you.
God bless you and rest well.
bianca papas
July 14, 2009
My Dearest Cousin Vincent...My heart is broken that I could not be there in Boston to embrace your beloved wife and children , so that they could really know what an impact your life had on me and how much you are part of the very fabric of my being...From my earliest memory, you represented safety to me... silent and strong, half smiling and invariably caring...never judging, always giving...never underestimating the importance of symbols to people, and picking up the mantle of patriarchy gladly for so many, including me, when they needed a father figure to encourage them and help them to believe that some people do still exist in this world that can always be depended on , no matter what, to give you courage and confidence even in the greatest of storms or the most outrageous of life's fortunes...I love you, Vincent. I will never forget you. The man in the hat never dies...he lives on in our most precious of memories... Always, Your Cousin Vincenta
July 9, 2009
The Original Cousin Vinny, you are now with Aunt Dora, Uncle Paul and your Aunt Angie,Aunt Mary and cousins Pearl [my mom] and Raye...Memories of visiting while stationed at Ft. Devens still make me smile.....My prayers are with you and yours.
Emanuel [Manny] Parrinello
July 8, 2009
Heaven help those saints.. Vinny's holding court and the joint will never be the same!.. Hold on I'm comin' with cigars.
George M
July 8, 2009
I wish to express my deepest sympathies. Fellow graduate Class of '63 Braintree.
peter kelley
July 7, 2009
VINNIE WAS ALL THAT WAS WRITTEN ABOUT HIM; BUT MOST OF ALL HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND. I AM TRULY SORRY NOT TO HAVE BEEN THERE FOR HIM. I WILL MISS HIM. MY UTMOST CONDOLENCES TO ALL OF HIS FAMILY. BILL PARKER, ZEPHYRHILL, FLORIDA
July 7, 2009
Donata
I am very sorry for your loss.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Marianne Backgren-Gates
July 7, 2009
My cousin Vinny~ How we will miss your colorful stories,your talent and mostly your family ethic. I can only find comfort in knowing you will now be with Dora and Paul and your Aunt Angie,Uncle Jimmy and cousin Raye.......My prayers are with you and yours.
domini mallette
July 7, 2009
Judy & Shane:

We are so sorry to her of your loss. Vinny shall truly be missed.

Lillian & Bill
Lillian Lambert
July 7, 2009
My Deepest prayers and sympathies to you and your family Shan. As you mentioned so often how he was your best friend. He touched so many people in only a way a best friend could.

Patrick
Patrick Irwin
July 6, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Alexie Alvarado
July 6, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Charlotte Pezzella
July 6, 2009
Donata,
My deepest sympathies in the sudden loss of your beloved father. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
Love,
Joanie
Joan Soper
July 6, 2009
Judy, Shane, and Donata,
Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you all.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Sue Casale
Sue Casale
July 6, 2009
Judy, we are so sad to hear of Vinnie's passing. You and your family are in our prayers.
Tom and Linda Chew
July 6, 2009
My heart goes out to you all. Judy and Shane, If there is anything you need, please call me.
Love you both,
Kelly
Kelly McAndrews
July 6, 2009
You were an important piece of the beautiful mosaic of my family and childhood memories. Thank You and God Bless You Uncle Vinnie.
~(Niece) Amy
July 6, 2009
Judy, Shane and Donata....I am so sory for your loss. If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate we are here for you. Take comfort knowing that he is in very good hands.
Love you all
Janell Randy Mari and Maeja
Janell Croce
July 6, 2009
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Dorothy Lehmann
July 6, 2009
For all you were to me as a child, it was so nice to share clams and good laughs with you as an adult. I will miss the man and treasure the memories.
Holly Bishop
July 6, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
PRISCILLA(SISSY) BODDIE-BAILEY
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