It is with a heavy heart that our family is announcing that Vincent J. Petti, Jr passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 5, 2019.
Vince was born in the Bronx, New York February 13, 1937 to Vincent Sr and Yolanda (Dolly Farenga) Petti. He was a graduate of Mount St Michael Academy (’54) where he ran competitive track and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2011. He continued on to receive his business degree from Manhattan College. From there, he obtained his Certified Public Accountant license and went on to partner with his Dad and grow the family business Vincent J. Petti & Company CPA in Yonkers, NY. The relationships formed with his clients were more than business ones – they spanned decades and were true friendships. He helped many start their own businesses on simply a handshake. Anyone who knew him, loved him. Everywhere he went, he was treated like family as that is how he treated them.
Vince led a very active life and had many interests such as baseball, politics and history. He was proud that he served as a Sergeant in the US Army Reserves where he learned to be a radio operator and a marksman. He was an avid New York Mets fan and could tell you all the stats, acquisitions and daily goings on in baseball.
He is fondly remembered when he volunteered his time for many years as a Coach with Henry S. Richards Boys and Girls Club to help teach baseball and football. He was always known to choose the kids who wouldn't be chosen first and with the least talent. He established the rule that made it mandatory that every child/teen must play 3 innings because “every kid deserves to play”. Vince also had a love for shelter dogs and was an active volunteer and donor to the Yonkers Animal Shelter.
He married Joan T. Thompson in 1962 and together were blessed with three children who all survive him and are faced with living without their amazing Dad to be there for his guidance, advice, humor and to steady their ships: Vincent James, III, Lisa Ann and her husband, Danny, Michael Sean, his wife Cathy and their beautiful daughter and Vince’s only grandchild, Hope Elizabeth and of course, his beloved Poodle, Sammy.
He is survived by those he loved and fondly referred to as his “adopted kids” Joe Pareres, Jr, niece Pammy Meyer-Smith and her husband Dave, nephew Gilbert "The Fixer" Meyer and his Mom, Julia, his niece Julia Meyer-MacGibbon and her husband, Dave as well as his dearest friend and cousin Rita Kubiel-Cavallero. He is survived by cousins, nieces, nephews and friends too many to count.
Vince is also survived by his sister-in-law Cindy Petti (Louie), brother Edward C. Petti, Sr. (Rosemary).
He was preceded in death by his parents Vincent and Dolly Petti as well as his youngest brother, best friend, confident and fellow fighter, Louie Petti.
“For I am now ready to be offered and the time has come for me to depart. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge, shall give me that day and not only to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” ~ 2 Timothy 4: 6-8
Visiting hours will be held on :
Friday, January 11, 2019 from
2:00 - 4:00 pm
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Hodder Farenga Funeral Home
899 McLean Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10704
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on:
Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10:45 am
St. Barnabas Church
409 E 241st Street
Bronx, NY 10470
Interment will follow in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, NY
In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to either:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
P.O. Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5028
Hope for the New Yonkers Animal Shelter
P.O. Box 406
Yonkers, NY 10710