On Friday, February 12, 2021, Vincent Anthony Costanzo, 73, passed away of Alzheimer’s Disease in Newport, RI.
Born in New Haven, CT on October 11th, 1947, Vincent was predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Nellie (Sangiovanni) Costanzo, and sister, Dolores.
He leaves behind the love of his life, wife of 46 years, Kathryn (Navickas) Costanzo. Proud father of Joseph (Rachel) of North Attleboro, MA, Michelle of Norwood, MA and Marissa (Daniel) Martin of North Smithfield, RI. He was the beloved grandfather of Faith, Drew and Reagan.
Vincent graduated Wilbur Cross High School in 1965 and attended Southern Connecticut State University. In support of the ongoing joke that he was in the witness protection program, he resided in Branford, CT, Haverhill, MA, Mechanicsville, VA, Plum Island, MA, Naples, FL, Plainville, MA and finally, North Smithfield, RI.
He retired from SuperValu in Richmond, VA as a Sr. Sales Merchandiser and collaborated with WEEI for the Boston Red Sox SuperValu Player of the Game campaign.
Vin was passionate about sports, especially North Carolina Tarheel basketball, so much so that he planned several family vacations around a stop at the UNC campus, which would always include unlimited shopping sprees for his children at the school store, visits to The Old Well, Franklin Street and finding his way into the Dean Dome to take pictures on the court. He instilled in his son an appreciation for the underdog. It was fitting that the last game they watched together was an upset victory by his favorite Cleveland Browns.
On and off the court, Vin took pride in coaching Marissa, from basketball games to their heart to heart talks during their walks, coffee shop dates and “breakfast on the porch.”
Never one for air-travel, he drove his family to many vacation spots and countless NCAA tournament games up and down the East Coast. Encouraging their competitive spirit, Vin bribed his young children with a giant candy cane to be won by the quietest kid during the long drive to Disney World in which Michelle took very seriously and proudly earned the victory.
As an avid golfer, he played in many tournaments and belonged to the Atkinson Country Club in New Hampshire and the Hunting Hawk Golf Club in Virginia.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church and enjoyed serving on the vestry and many outreach projects, including spearheading the Soles4Souls initiative.
Due to the pandemic, his funeral will be private. A celebration of life will be held at a later date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vin’s honor to The V Foundation at V.org.
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