WILTON, N.Y.- Vincent Voerg, 69, of Wilton and formerly of Saugerties, N.Y., died peacefully at his home, surrounded by and in the loving care of his family on Friday, April 26, 2019. He was born in Kingston, N.Y., on Sept. 1, 1949; a son of the late William A. Voerg and his wife Katherine (Bradley). Most recently, Vince was a Parishioner of Saint Clement's Roman Catholic Church in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Vince was a graduate of Saugerties High School in 1967, and then went on to Belknap College in New Hampshire where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He studied at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he received a Master of Arts degree. Vince then dedicated his professional life to educating others, becoming a passionate and gifted English teacher who worked tirelessly to impact the minds and lives of his students. Over a 36 year career, Vince instructed and influenced thousands of students in the Kingston area. Vince taught High School and AP English along with College Writing at Kingston High School and initially John A. Coleman High School. He taught night classes as an Adjunct Professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Vince also taught alternative programs including night school and summer school, GED programs, and at the Ulster County Jail. An active member of The Kingston Teachers Federation, Vince served as Vice President for 12 years. As a gifted writer and public speaker, Vince had the honor of giving many commencement speeches over the course of four decades.
Vince's accolades as an educator pale in comparison to those he earned as a husband, father, grandfather, sibling, uncle, friend, mentor, and hero. A selfless and giving man by nature, Vince never missed a blood drive, a ballet recital or varsity baseball game, or the opportunity to give a hug. His greatest joy was seeing those around him happy, and would do whatever small part he could to make it so. After retiring to the good life, he and his wife spent most of their time visiting family and friends both old and new, relished in their new roles as grandparents, and enjoyed the outdoors, reading, the theatre, golf, and trips to Maine. Vince served as a member of Division One Ancient Order of Hibernians of Ulster County. He proudly led The Kingston Saint Patrick's Day Parade as Grand Marshall in 2011.
Vince leaves behind his beloved wife of 48 years, Diana (Francello) Voerg who will miss her best friend and soulmate; a daughter, Rachel L. Flammer and her husband Greg, of Orchard Park, N.Y.; and a son, Ryan B. Voerg, and his wife Tracy, of Colts Neck, N.J., who will miss their role model and biggest fan. He leaves a granddaughter, Ava C. Flammer, and two grandsons, Chase B. Flammer and Cooper S. Voerg who will miss giving Poppa hugs. He is survived by his siblings, William P. Voerg (Dolores) of Saugerties, N.Y., Arlene ""Sugar"" Jackson (Robert) of Cheshire, Mass., Donald J. Voerg (Barbara) of Glasco, N.Y.; as well as his brother-in-law, Robert Francello (Sherry) of West Camp, N.Y., who will miss their regular get-togethers and countless happy hours. Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins also survive, who will miss countless things.
A brother-in-law, Anthony Francello predeceased him in 2006. Vince leaves behind a legacy of how to love, how to live, and how to care for others, that is responsible for thousands of memories and lessons for those of us lucky enough to have known him.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. (27 Smith Avenue, Kingston N.Y., www.jvleahyfh.com
Family and friends will be received at the funeral home Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Division One Ulster County AOH will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m. A funeral procession will form Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Mary's Church Kingston, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Saint Mary of the Snow Cemetery in Barclay Heights, Saugerties N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of your choice
…unless you don't want to do that, then please do whatever makes you happy. That's what would have made Vince happy.
Published by Daily Freeman from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2019.