Vincent Peter Clancy, 62, passed away peacefully at home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 7, 2021 surrounded by his husband Steven Eres, sister Mary Clancy, and very close friends after an unexpected illness requiring hospitalization and hospice care.
Born on February 11, 1959 in Orange, California, "Vinnie" was the 6th of 10 children (9 boys/1girl). His father Roy William Clancy owned and ran a revolutionary specialty concrete pumping company with his wife, Vinnie's mother, Barbara Marshall Clancy who currently lives in Romeo, Michigan with her son Tom. Roy and Barbara met and married in Chicago, Illinois in 1952 and their Celtic heritage ran strong. Mary, Vinnie's sister and "Irish Twin", confirmed through DNA testing they were 99.9% Irish and Scottish.
Vinnie developed a love of boating and water skiing during his childhood when he would visit his Godparents, Al and Helen Merkle, at their cabin near Yosemite National Park on Bass Lake. He attended San Ramon High School in Danville, California, was an avid Boy Scout for several years, and bought his first car, an Austin Healy, at age 16. Vinnie worked at Danville Auto Parts. When he left high school, he took off for Los Angeles and started a new life buying and selling used cars. In 1983, "Vince" moved to Oahu, Hawaii and bought AutoHaus, a fine auto shop that sold and repaired Volvos, Mercedes, and Jaguars. Always the traveler, Vince eventually left Hawaii for San Francisco and then San Diego.
In 2000, Vince met the love of his life Steven Eres, in San Diego at a video bar named Flicks. Steven was a flight attendant who had recently relocated from San Francisco and Vince happened to know Steven's roommate. Later at Numbers, a billiards bar, Vince bought everyone drinks, then quickly beat all of them and took their money.
Outside the bar, Vince asked Steven if he wanted to go for some coffee and Steven said "I don't think so". That's when Vince said "You'll never know what you're missing", leaned over and gave Steven a soft kiss on the lips, and they left together. Another day, Vince was at a laundromat and there were no available dryers, so Steven suggested he bring his clothes over to dry them at his place. Steven made Vince lunch and dried his clothes, and the rest is history… inseparable.
They got a beautiful apartment overlooking Balboa Park in San Diego, then later moved to Denver, and then back to San Francisco where Vince was a boat captain and tour guide. Vince and Steven went to Miami on vacation with a friend and ended up buying a place in Miami Beach. When Vince and Steven left San Francisco and headed to Florida in 2004, they arrived only after driving through the middle of a hurricane. Months later, they relocated to Fort Lauderdale.
In 2008, Vince founded the DaVinci Realty Group. His outgoing personality and deep knowledge of the South Florida real estate market, coupled with his customer-focused service and creative marketing strategies, made Vince a well-known and respected expert in our community until his passing. Steven joined the real estate business when he earned his license in 2012, then Vince and Steven were happily married on April 27, 2014. They both worked at the DaVinci Realty Group until they joined The Agency of South Florida in 2020.
For those who were lucky enough to know Vince, he was a funny and highly intelligent storyteller with a giant heart for others and a passionate desire to make peoples' lives better. Vince had a sharp, dry, and witty sense of humor and was famous for quick comebacks. He loved to travel extensively throughout the US and internationally with Steven and his family.
Vinnie is predeceased by his Grandfathers who passed when he was very young, and by Grandma Clancy and Grandma Marshall. Vinnie's father Roy William passed in 1980. Michael William, the 1st of Vinnie's 9 siblings, passed in 2015, and Gary Patrick, the 2nd, passed at 6 months of age.
Vinnie is lovingly remembered by his husband Steven Eres, mother Barbara Marshall Clancy, and seven siblings chronologically, Timothy Francis of Danville, CA, Thomas Daniel of Romeo, MI, Brian Joseph of Woodinville, WA, Mary of Nevada City, CA, Gerard Sean of Denver, CO, Joseph Brendan of Danville, CA, and Connor John of Ahwahnee, CA. In addition to his sister and 9 brothers, Uncle Vinnie had 38 nieces and nephews who he loved dearly, and he had a special bond with Mary's two sons, his nephews Patrick and Paulie.
A private Celebration of Vincent Clancy's wonderful life will be held Saturday afternoon, April 17, 2021.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Apr. 11, 2021.