Philip Vinci

October 3, 1924July 30, 2018
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Philip Vinci was born on October 3, 1924 and passed away on July 30, 2018


20 August


11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Funeraria Del Angel Pierce Brothers Anaheim

2425 W. Lincoln Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801

21 August

Funeral Mass

10:30 am

St. Justin Martyr Church

2050 W. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92804

22 August

Committal Service

10:45 am

Riverside National Cemetery

Staging Area # 4

22495 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA


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Robert Foertsch

August 17, 2018

My fondest memory of Mr. Phillip Vinci was when we first met, Thanksgiving day at the (old) Villa Nova restaurant in Newport Beach, CA in the nineteen nineties. Karen was gracious enough to invite me as my family was traveling for the holidays. Her only stipulation was that I'd be meeting her father, who owned several businesses and was also "ex-military". With this in mind, I was mildly concerned the dinner conversation with Mr. Vinci may include a detailed discussion of my background... and also some questions regarding my intentions towards his beautiful daughter ! Instead, my recollection of the dinner was that Mr. Vinci was one of the nicest, down to earth, friendliest gentlemen I'd ever met. He welcomed me as if I was a new member of the family and we had an awesome time and dinner celebration. I was totally comfortable that day with my new "family" and I recall I was also quite impressed with Phillip's overall knowledge on a wide variety of discussion topics, including my favorite, baseball and horse racing.

Although we saw each other later at other gatherings, I will always remember most and be thankful to Mr. Vinci for being a great dinner host and ensuring I had a great time, that day we first met in November 1994.

Patty Ochrenyk

August 16, 2018

There are so many fond memories of my Uncle Phil, but the ones I treasure most is when he would visit with my family in New Jersey. We would always spend time just hanging out and eating good old Italian food. R.I.P Uncle Phil!!! Love your niece Patty! Xoxo
The picture I shared is from 2004 from my daughter’s wedding. Uncle Phil, Anna Vinci-DiNizio( Phil’s sister and my mom) and Jimmy Vinci ( Phil’s brother and my uncle)

Patty Ochrenyk

August 16, 2018

There are so many fond memories of my Uncle Phil, but the ones I treasure most is when he would visit with my family in New Jersey. We would always spend time just hanging out and eating good old Italian food. R.I.P Uncle Phil!!! Love your niece Patty! Xoxo
The picture I shared is from 2004 from my daughter’s wedding. Uncle Phil, Anna Vinci-DiNizio( Phil’s sister and my mom) and Jimmy Vinci ( Phil’s brother and my uncle)

Karen Vinci

August 15, 2018

Vinci’s Coat of Arms !

Steve Carreon

August 15, 2018

Im always remember those days when im taking care of you. Especially when you call me ( Thats My Boy) and im always pray for you. Rest in peace DAD

Karen Vinci

August 15, 2018

Dads 90th Birthday Party ! He loved it, he was with his Family. ❤️

Terry Possemato-Zeber

August 14, 2018

My father "Big Lou" of the Big 4 and Uncle Phil have been friends for all of our lives. He has been a part of every holiday, celebration and sad journey my family has experienced. Phil and I worked together every day at the liquor store and shared many a laughter and a few of my tears behind that counter. He loved my husband, my children and my grandchildren. He became Uncle Phil to all of my girlfriends !
About 2 months ago my sister, Joanie and I went to see Uncle Phil in the hospital. We were both holding his hand and to our surprise, he started to sob. That in turn made us cry. When we asked him why, He simply said, "I have known you girls most of our lives and we have been through so much together. I love you. What a wonderful last word with our special "Uncle Phil". I am so going to miss calling him and hearing him joyfully say..... Theresa !!!


17 years old


Dad 8 yrs old


Dad in the Navy at 17yrs


If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Philip Vinci. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed.

      Philip was born In his home in Plainsfield, New Jersey. He was the son of Carmella and Greg. Philip was raised in Plainsfield, New Jersey. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. Philip was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Philip's personality throughout his life.

      Though Philip was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with his family, he was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Philip was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Philip worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Philip was raised with 4 siblings Frank, Ann, Joe, Jimmy. Philip and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Philip was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Philip was always tactful. One thing Philip will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. As a young boy, Philip had a number of interests and was an active child. He was a Boy Scout. In his spare time he liked to go to the gym, play golf, cards, poker and to read.

      For Philip, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Philip was also adept at details. Philip was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was history.

      College can be a challenge, but Philip appeared to be well equipped to succeed. He had a knack for staying focused and on track no matter what was going on around his. Philip had the ability to work undisturbed through all of the constant interruptions that are a regular part of college life. Philip enjoyed using the skills he'd already learned and applying them to new courses. He knew the facts and rarely made factual errors. His favorite course was history.

      There was one thing that all of Philip's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that he was a talker. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Philip was such a popular person throughout his life. But Philip was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Philip was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Philip was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Philip was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Philip was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Philip made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. He became a business partner with Paul, Louie and George and iniciated The Del Amo Liquor in Lakewood, CA and the Wonderland Liquor in Anaheim they became partners for life.

      Harmony was important to Philip and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. Philip was blessed with Three Children, Karen, Sue and Phyllis. They were also blessed with Two granchildren, Alexis and Collin. Philip was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding. His secret of success in this area was simple: Philip would listen before he would act.

      Taking his work seriously came naturally to Philip, and he expected the same from those around him. Philip was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Philip was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Philip handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” His primary occupation was Business Owner. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

      Blessed with a practical nature, Philip was a person who appreciated the routine of the military. He was a man who took his obligations seriously, working well with the others in his unit. Philip was a Navy veteran. He was in the South Pacific from 1941 to 1946. Philip saw action for World War II. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Mechanical Engineer.

      A methodical man, Philip enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favorite pursuits were playing cards, golf, reading, cooking and traveling.

      Philip was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Philip was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Philip Vinci.