Obituary of Vincent Messina
Vincent Messina was born to Rose and Vincent Messina in New York City on May 1, 1931, the day the Empire State Building opened its doors. His father died when he was three. He, his two sisters, and his mother moved to Detroit. At 14, his mother passed away and the family moved to Brooklyn with his aunt, Ana. He made supporting his sisters a priority and worked in a garage and drove a tow truck in the Sunset Park region of Brooklyn.
He joined the National Guard then the Navy during the Korean War. He served on two carriers, the Hornet and the Midway. He married Dolores Messina from Astoria, New York on May 2, 1952. Their son Stephen was born on July 13, 1953.
He was discharged from the Navy and returned to Flushing, Queens to live with them. He worked as an auto mechanic for Chevrolet. He then got a job with the City of New York fixing street cleaners in 1971. Vincent and Dolores moved to Rockland County in March of 1973. He retired at age 64 from his City job and lived a full life with family and neighbors. His wife Dolores passed away in November 2009.
He met Rosa Talamo in late 2011. They were blessed to have their last years together in happiness and love. They enjoyed living in Rockland and Florida. He became part Rosa’s family… Rosa passed away December, 2015.
Vincent was one of the strongest men people knew, was loved by all, and lived his life by principle and with dignity.
He is survived by his son Stephen and his two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Cara Messina.
He will be joined in heaven by his wife Dolores and his sisters, Jean Cespuglio and Rosina Patterson. He will also be joining Rosa Talamo and Dolores’ siblings, Marion Nunziato, Tina Osterberg, and Steve Imbasciani.
728 West Nyack Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
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