March 3, 1935 – May 28, 2021
Vincent Peter Cipponeri was born March 3rd 1935 in Detroit, Michigan. Vincent was known as Jim Cipponeri to his family.
He was the youngest son to Joseph Cipponeri and Petrina Lombardo Cipponeri. His parents immigrated to USA from Sicily in early 1911.
Vincent had 5 siblings, John Cipponeri, Joseph Cipponeri, Mary Randy, Grace Lacommare and Benedict Cipponeri, all predeceased. The family moved from Detroit to St. Claire Shores and he graduated from St. Claire Shore High School in 1952. Vince’s father retired from the Ford Motor Company in 1952 moving to Modesto, California.
Vincent attended Modesto Junior College and then transferred to Heald Engineering College in San Francisco where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1957. His first job was with TRMantes in San Francisco. On one of his trips to visit families on the weekend, he met Lenita Royer at the California Ball Room. It was love at first sight. They were soon engaged and married in June 1958.
In August of 1958, he was inducted into the Army and stationed in Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California. Their first son Vincent Perry was born in May 1960. Vince was discharged from active duty in august 1960 and they returned to San Francisco to his former employer.
In March 1961, they purchased their first home in Daly City, Westlake. He worked with several companies, WP Fuller in South San Francisco and Consolidated Purchasing & Design in San Francisco. They had moved to Martinez in 1964 where their son Mark Joseph was born.
Having found a job with Fulton Shipyard in Antioch, they moved to Antioch where he worked for 17 years. At this time, Vince desired to live in the country so they bought five acres in Brentwood. Vincent designed his house and all the plans and had a new home built in a walnut orchard. The shipyard was closed down so Vince went to work in Vallejo with Westinghouse Oceanic Division working on the Navy Subs for 16 years retiring in 2001. He worked part time as a driving instructor for about 10 years.
He was survived by his wife Lenita (having almost 63 years of marriage). His two sons Vincent Perry (wife Julie Mello Cipponeri) and Mark Joseph (wife Danette Lunsford Cipponeri), granddaughter Kristen Cipponeri Taylor (Brian Taylor), two great grandchildren Kendall Grace Taylor and Maverick James Taylor. He also has sister-in-laws Angela Cipponeri and Lana Royer. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Vince and Lenita are members of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints.
Vince enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, and attending sporting events with his sons. His favorite teams were the Detroit Tigers and Lions. He also enjoyed traveling and they spent two weeks in Sicily where his folks were from. This was one of his greatest vacations. They also went to Alaska, Caribbean and numerous places across the United States, many different times.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Trina Jo Wilson
June 9, 2021
Uncle Vince was a very kind, soft spoken, deep thinking, intelligent, charming, witty, lean-fit-strong, hard working, and loving family man.
Since childhood all visits with Uncle Vince meant a time to sit or walk, and talk and laugh a lot. He had the wonderful ability to point out the humor in so many simple life situations. After he’d share a witty perspective, his eyes would twinkle, he’d start laughing and the laughter was immediately delightfully contagious for all that shared in the moment.
Uncle Vince will forever be missed and forever remembered with love.
Trina Jo & Steve Wilson