Vincent (Vinny) A Mischitelli of Cape Coral Florida and Murphy North Carolina passed away unexpectedly on Sunday June 12th in Ashville NC surrounded by his loving family.
Vinny was born on July 24, 1936 in Hudson New York the son of Luigi Mischitelli and Assunta (Carrabba) Mischitelli. He graduated from North High School in Worcester MA, studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston MA, Worcester State University, studied Philosophy and Graduated from Assumption College in 1966. At the age of 19 he was hired and taught music in the Quabbin Regional School District, led the marching band in numerous schools and ended his teaching career in the Worcester School system making an impact on young students and fellow younger teachers. Upon his retirement from him as a music teacher he was recognized and congratulated by the Massachusetts State House of Representatives for his dedicated and committed service from him.
He worked in the restaurant industry in between his teaching years establishing Grandia Via Foods, Inc with his two brothers. He later designed, built and owned Vinny’s Restaurant in Holden alongside his wife Shirley. They employed many family members which has left many of them memories of fun times working and laughing together.
While working full time, Vinny always worked on weekends playing the saxophone with many different local bands. He was an accomplished musician, composer and performer. His talent was as a jazz saxophonist but he could play many instruments and often entertained the family during holidays and special occasions. As a young man he gave up the opportunity to travel with big bands in the music industry so as not to be away from his young family. He was a member of the musicians union in Worcester, performed with the Mills Brothers, was in the orchestra that performed with Sergio Franchi at the Monticello in Framingham and sat in with many other orchestras that performed for famous entertainers.
A few of his many accomplishments were having published, “Your New Restaurant” and collaborated with other teachers to write and self-publish a children’s book titled “Unpopular Animals” which also came with a CD so that preschoolers could enjoy the music and the story . He personally donated a lot of the books to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee. He composed and orchestrated “Worcester, The City With A Smile” that was performed by the Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Susan Natoli, The Worcester Men of Song and The Post Road Chapter of Sweet Adeline’s on July 3, 1998 at the East Park Independence day celebration.
After retiring and moving to Cape Coral Florida he became active as a volunteer. For many years he was a passionate volunteer protecting the Burrowing owls in his area, he mentored disadvantaged High School children helping them navigate their way to college and with his brother Mike coached the Bocce Special Olympics team in Cape Coral bringing the team every year to the USA Games in Orlando Florida.
Vinny was a man without prejudice, a man of great compassion for all people, a man of great intellect and a man with the greatest sense of humor. He put 100% into all of his hobbies whether it was gardening, landscaping, brining corn beef, cooking or building a stone wall. As his many friends of him will say, to know him is to love him.
Vinny leaves the love of his life of 64 years, Shirley (Morris) Mischitelli, two sons, Michael Mischitelli of Interlachen FL, Kenneth Mischitelli of Oceanside CA, three grandchildren who he was devoted to and helped raise; Joey Mischitelli of St Augustine FL, Anthony Mischitelli and Nadine Mischitelli and the light of his life from him, a great granddaughter Elena all of Cape Coral FL. He leaves his brother Mike Mischitelli and his wife Virginia of Cape Coral FL, brother Gino Mischitelli and sister MaryJane Stumbras of Worcester MA and sister Suzie Tavano of Pompano Beach FL. He also leaves a brother-in-law, Ken Morris, sister-in-law Janet Cheras, many nieces, nephews and numerous cousins in the US, Italy and Australia.
Published by Legacy Remembers on Jul. 24, 2022.