Vincent Ralph Troiano Obituary
Vincent Ralph Troiano, a beloved resident of San Diego, passed away on October 15, 2023. Born on August 12, 1930, in Baltimore, Maryland, Vincent was a cherished individual who made a lasting impact on the lives of those around him. His family emigrated from Italy and worked tirelessly to establish a successful bar business. They later migrated to Tucson, Arizona, where Vincent's journey of love and resilience began.
While living in Tucson, Vincent resided across the street from the Abruzzo twins, Marie and Dolores. It was there that fate intervened as Dolores tossed a ball into Vincent's yard to catch his attention. Little did they know that this playful act would lead to an enduring love story. At the tender age of 23 and serving in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division, Vincent married Marie before being deployed to Korea. He proudly served two tours of combat duty, demonstrating his unwavering dedication to his country.
Vincent possessed an ambitious spirit and a generous heart that endeared him to all who knew him. He had a deep appreciation for his Italian heritage and relished in the delights of good Italian cuisine. Despite this passion for food, he took excellent care of his body throughout his life. Well ahead of the organic health fads that would arise many years later, Vincent always kept organic juice in the fridge and delighted in making fresh squeezed carrot and apple juice for his family. His commitment to wholesome living was truly remarkable.
A social butterfly with an infectious charm, Vincent had a knack for charming both ladies and gentlemen alike. He loved engaging in playful banter and would often interject with humorous comments prefaced by "now I'm only kidding when I say this." His gatherings were filled with joyous laughter as he shared cherished memories evoked by past photographs. Vincent had a unique ability to keep the familial bonds strong, irrespective of life's circumstances.
Vincent's life was one marked by numerous accomplishments, each filling him with immense pride. In his early years in Tucson, he was a firefighter . In San Diego he owned the historic Ashford Apartments downtown and resided in a beautiful house atop Mt. Soledad. Additionally, he developed and managed Troiano's Produce Market and Deli on Garnet in Pacific Beach, which became a beloved establishment stocked with local organic produce. He purchased carved redwood trees and sold a few but kept several to admire. However, perhaps Vincent's proudest accomplishment was his unwavering commitment to his family. He held his loved ones close to his heart and ensured their bonds remained unbreakable throughout the years.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Vincent nurtured several hobbies and interests that brought immense joy into his life. A tinkerer at heart, he loved holding onto things and fixing them. However, it was the local wild raccoons that truly captured his heart. Vincent delighted in preparing a nightly feast for these furry visitors and their families, eagerly awaiting their arrival. Undoubtedly, they too are missing him dearly.
Vincent Ralph Troiano is survived by his devoted life companion, Lucy Van Donck, who stood by his side through thick and thin. He leaves behind a cherished legacy as a loving father to Don Troiano (Sandi), Theresa Cristobal, Michael Troiano, Linda LaRose, Tom Lovett, and Marita Ford. Additionally, he was a doting grandfather to Tanya DePolo (Hunter), Nicole Terry (Adam), Presley Recsetar (Matthew "Rex"), Marissa Troiano, and Troy Cristobal. His great-grandchildren Ella Mae, Walker, Mystique, and Timet brought an immeasurable amount of joy into Vincent's life.
Vincent also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and other beloved family members who were fortunate enough to experience his love and kindness firsthand. He was preceded in death by Marie Ray, Jean Troiano, his brother Frank, brother Marshall and his parents Myrtle and Vincent.
The services to honor Vincent Ralph Troiano's life will be held on October 26, 2023. The viewing will take place from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Featheringill Mortuary located at 6322 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115. Following the viewing, a memorial service will be held from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, also at Featheringill Mortuary. Finally, a graveside service will commence at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at 4470 Hilltop Dr, San Diego, CA 92102 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. These events will provide an opportunity for family and friends to come together in remembrance of a remarkable individual who touched so many lives.
Vincent Ralph Troiano will forever be remembered as a loving man, devoted father, adoring grandfather, proud great-grandfather and beloved friend. His kind-hearted nature and zest for life continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to share in his journey. May his spirit live on in our memories as we cherish the time we had with him.
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