Vincent Lancellotti, age 95, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Sunday, March 21st, 2021, with his son Jim and granddaughter, Jennifer by his side.
Vincent is survived by his children, Mary Krauze and husband Douglas, Vincent Lancellotti and wife Gina, Joseph Lancellotti and wife Teena, and James Lancellotti and wife Colleen. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Douglas and wife Danielle, Lauren, Matthew and wife Elisabeth, John and wife Melisse, David, Danielle and husband David, Cara and partner Joe, Nicole and husband Sean, Jennifer and partner Marc, Melissa and partner Aman, and Geena; as well as his three great-grandchildren, Dornan, Deryn and Aubrey. He is also survived by his sister Marie Meola and husband Alan, sisters-in-law Frances Lancellotti, Rosaria Abrescia and Rosemarie Caruso.
Vincent was recently predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years, Lee Lancellotti. He is also predeceased by his sister Terry De George and husband Felix, brother Frank Lancellotti, brothers-in-law Nicholas Abrescia and Anthony Caruso, and sister-in-law Sue Iafelice and husband Vincent.
Vincent was born in Jersey City, NJ to the late Angelina and John Lancellotti. In 1943 he was drafted into the US Navy, serving in the Panama Canal, California, Japan and Pearl Harbor, during World War II. He was given an honorable discharge in June 1946. In June of 1951 he married the love of his life Lee Caruso in St. Rose of Lima Church in Newark, NJ. They moved to Wayne, NJ where they raised their family. They were also residents of Warwick, NY and Vernon, NJ.
While living in Wayne, NJ, Vincent was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Church and was a member of their first Board of Directors. He also organized the first Perrin Park Neighborhood Committee to bring the neighbors and many friends together. Additionally, he was the chairman of the committee that started the first Big Brothers of Passaic County and was appointed Treasurer of Big Brother due to his aptitude for handling funds with honesty and discerning wisdom. Vincent’s lifetime career in the school and office furniture business began when he joined the Colonial Office Furniture Company. Upon developing his skills, he went on to start his own company, Lee Distributors in 1976 which was incorporated in 1984. Lee Distributors Inc. is still going strong today.
Vincent was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with his family, especially at the many family parties held throughout the years. Vincent taught all of his children to love, respect and visit family as often as possible. He also taught them to show kindness, generosity and friendship to everyone. Vincent and his wife Lee loved to travel, visiting many parts of this country and other countries around the world. Vincent was a devout Catholic and was a faithful member of St. Francis de Sales Church in Vernon NJ.
A Funeral Mass will be will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales RC Church at 12pm Saturday, March 27th, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ferguson—Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462. Online condolences may be offered at www.fergusonfuneralhomesnj.com