Vincent D. Petrucci
Vincent D. Petrucci, 93, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2022 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on August 2, 1929 in Rome, NY the son of Mary (Colangelo) and James Petrucci. Vincent was a veteran who served his country in the Korean War. On July 26, 1952 he married Mary Calandra, the love of his life, in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Together they raised five children and had 67 wonderful years of memories until her passing in 2019. He spent many years caring for Mary until her death.
Vincent was a graduate of RFA and later in life obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering in 1977. He worked for the Rome Daily Sentinel for many years and then for the City of Rome as an engineer in the Water treatment department. He was a talented piano and saxophone musician and played in many bands. As an avid musician he played in the army band entertaining troops, big bands, wedding venues, parties and even entertained nursing home patients over the years. Music was his passion along with his family.
He is survived by his children, Nancy (Rhett) Kristl of Marcy, NY, Tony (Lee) Petrucci of Las Vegas, NV, Jane (Fred) Askham of Colorado and Marie (Bill) Williams of New Hartford, NY. He is also survived by his cherished twelve grandchildren, Laura (Kevin) Hagan, DeAnna (Andrew) Evans, Jenna (Mike) Evans, Jessica (Huy) Pham, Julia (Ben) McCalmont, Stephanie (Darren) Kauffman, Frederic (Meredith) Askham, Mary (Jim) Stahlkrantz, Tyler (Chloe) Williams, Trevor Williams, Rhett Kristl and Justin (Abby) Kristl. He leaves fifteen great-grandchildren that provided him lots of entertainment and love. He is predeceased by his beautiful wife Mary, his daughter Elaine Evans and her husband Anthony, and his brother Leo Petrucci.
This past year, Vin was excited to meet a biological daughter Rayah whom he never knew about from his army service days. His daughter Rayah (Bob) Felgate live in Spain and Vin gained three additional grandchildren;Mark (Rachel) Felgate, Andy (Caroline) Felgate and Deborah Felgate plus their children. He is also survived by his brother Richard Petrucci of Rome and a special friend, Judy Fosella.
To know Big Vin was to love him. He always had a smile on his face and never said a bad word about anyone. He was always there to lend a helping hand to his family and friends. Vin was a people person and if you ran into him, you would find him socializing in a store, out for breakfast with friends or chatting after church.
Visiting hours will be from 5-7 PM on Friday, September 23, 2022 at the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 West Embargo St. A Mass of Christian Burial with Rev. Paul Angelicchio as celebrant will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Church on East Dominick St. Interment will follow mass at St. Peter's Cemetery.
Donations can be made in Vincent's name to St. John the Baptist Church Endowment Fund , or to a charity of your choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.