VINCENT A. MARINERA
Vince Marinera “left the party” for the last time on January 23, 2021 leaving behind many loved ones and great friends.
While the written word is insufficient to describe the spirit of Vince, those who knew and loved him need no reminder of his generosity, his sense of humor and the genuineness of his friendship.
Vince was born on August 16, 1946 in Boston, the only child of Mary Johnson and Vincent Marinera, Sr. His family later moved to Angelica in upstate New York. While at Angelica Central School, Vince was the Class President, Student Council President and President of the National Honor Society. He was also was an accomplished 3 sport athlete and played on basketball teams that won three consecutive sectional championships. In 2013 Vince, individually and as a member of the 1962-63 Angelica basketball team, was inducted into the Genesee Valley Wall of Fame. In 1968, Vince graduated from SUNY Geneseo and later earned a master’s degree in Social Work from SUNY Albany
In 1975, Vince married his wife, Michele (Roche) and joyfully “married into” a family of brothers and sisters and extended relatives. Michele and Vince bought a home in Cuba, New York where they regularly entertained friends and family. Vince worked for the NYS Office of Mental Health for 35 years as a Rehabilitation Counselor and Intensive Case Manager making a difference in the lives of his many challenged clients. In 2005, Vince and Michele retired and moved to Augusta Villas in Venice, Florida and spent summers at their home in Harwich (Cape Cod), Massachusetts.
Vince was the instigator of uncountable good times and was called “The Mayor of Augusta Villas” for his organization of many events where he brought people together for baseball games, trivia nights, comedy clubs and Caribbean cruises. Vince always enjoyed making new friends and was well known for talking with complete strangers wherever he went. A true sign of his character is the number of his loyal friends, many who have been his “drinking buddies” for decades. Vince loved to entertain and was a great host who made you feel comfortable and welcome. He enjoyed traveling with friends and family and had many adventures.
Vince was predeceased in death by his father, Vincent A Marinera, Sr. and is survived by his wife of 45 years, Michele, his mother, Mary, and many loving family members and friends.
Donations in Vince’s memory may be sent to SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 181, Wellsville, New York 14895.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date. In the meantime, raise a glass to Vince who made us all feel that we were smarter and funnier when we were with him. We are all better people for having had Vince in our lives.