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Vincenzo Anthony Caridi, Jr.

Obituary for Vincenzo Anthony Caridi, Jr.

October 21, 1938 - November 19, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 81

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Please join with the family of Vincenzo Caridi in remembering and celebrating his life, as he has departed this one on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

Vincenzo Antonino Caridi, JR. or Vince; as those who know him was born in White Plains, New York, on October 21, 1938. His parents Vincenzo and Felicia Caridi, proud Italian patriots, immigrated to the United States through the famed Ellis Island Immigration Station at the dawn of the 20th century. Vince's father, whom he and his six brothers and sisters called Poppa, would go on to serve voluntarily in the United States Army during the First World War.

After graduating with honors from White Planes High School in 1958, like his father, Vince, too, would voluntarily serve in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Technician Third Grade. He proudly served his country for six years at one of the highest levels of security clearance, "top-secret" stationed in Kenai, Alaska, in the U.S. Army Command post; USARAK known as America's Arctic Warriors. Vince is a true American Patriot and would go on to receive one of the Nation's highest honors, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, which was awarded to him in a private ceremony due to the nature of his service clearance held at USARAK, Alaska.

After his service in the U.S. Army, he would begin his career as a civilian in the communications and data management field, first with the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City. Some years later in 1981, he and his life partner of 46 years, Raymond Michael Grana, of the Grand Concourse area of Bronx in New York, relocated to San Antonio, Texas making it their permanent home. Vince would cap off a successful career retiring from his post at the Housing and Urban Development in 2004. Retirement would not mean resting at home in a rocking chair for him and Ray, and they began doing what they loved, traveling the world. Over the next fifteen years, they would visit the Mexican Riviera, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain, and cities through Europe, and well as New York, Las Vegas, the Caribbean. Together, always, Vince and Ray truly lived a wonderful life to the fullest every day. Vince was always a family man, fond of the saying "Prima la Famiglia, sempre" [Family First, always] is beloved by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends from New York to Texas and Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Vince Caridi was preceded by his parents Vincenzo and Felicia, his eldest brothers Antonino, Guiseppe Francesco, and Demetrio Caridi, his younger brother John, and two elder sisters Antonette Pavone, and Josephine Ferrara.

Viewing will be held first in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Porter Loring Mortuary 1101 McCullough Ave, 78212 - 210-227-8221.

Then in Vince's hometown of White Plains, New York, on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home, 491 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605. Burial to follow Church Service on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 10:00 A.M. at Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 92 S. Lexington Ave, White Plains, NY 10606. Then Mount Calvary Cemetery 575 Hillside Ave, White Plains, NY 10603.

If you choose, in lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Vince's name to: The COPD Foundation - www.copdfoundation.org

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  • The COPD Foundation - www.copdfoundation.org

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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