OBITUARY

Daniel A. Vece Jr.

February 10, 1925April 16, 2011

Daniel A. Vece Jr. entered into eternal rest on April 16th 2011- with his family by his side on the property he was born on. He was 86. Dan was predeceased by the love of his life and devoted wife of 47 years, Isabel; grandson Daniel Benjamin; and parents Clotilda and Dan Sr, longtime residents of Clinton. Dan leaves behind a brother, Gerald "Bud" Vece and wife Carol; three children: Tom Vece and wife Theresa, Marsha Vece, and Nancy Shuss and husband Chuck; two grandchildren Ashlee Fox, Garrett Fox and wife Abbie; and great-grandson, Ryker Fox. Dan also leaves behind several nieces and nephews as well as his longtime companion Dibirma Burnham. In 1943, Dan proudly joined the Marine Corps as a senior in high school. Two years later, he was sent to fight at Iwo Jima --an event he spent the rest of his life honoring, most noticeably originating Clinton's Memorial Day Parade and acting as its parade marshal for 40 years. After the war, Dan returned home to work for his father at Shoreline Plumbing. When his brother Bud returned from Korea the two opened a local business--Shore Television and Appliance, still in operation today. Dan served eight years on the Clinton Board of Selectman and three terms as First Selectman from 1972 to 1978, where he lead the construction of Library Lane and revitalization efforts of the downtown. He worked at the State Economic Development Agency for three governors, first for Ella Grasso in 1980, retiring as Sr. Developer in 1992. Dan was a lifetime member of the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department, serving as Assistant Chief for 20 years and Chief for 10 years. Today, the department's Firefighter of the Year Award bears his name. This summer Dan was looking forward to participating in its 100th anniversary celebration as its honorary chairman. Dan also volunteered his time for the Clinton Police Commission, Council of Small Towns, Park and Recreation Commission, Clinton Historical Society, VFW Post #9918, and American Legion Post #66, serving as Commander. He co-chaired Clinton's bicentennial celebration in 1976 and its tercentenary celebration in 1963. As head of the Valley Shore Mutual Aid Association he implemented the Valley Shore 911 Emergency System in place today. Dan was also a parishioner of the St. Mary's Church of Clinton and President of the Iwo Jima Memorial Association. Dan loved serving his town and did so unselfishly and often anonymously. He was humbled to receive of the Distinguished Citizen Award, Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year and Clinton Spirit awards, and public service awards from the Rotary Club, Lions Club, Republican Town Committee, Democratic Town Committee, Junior Women’s' Club, The Morgan School, American Legion and the Connecticut State General Assembly. In 2009, Dan was one of eleven individuals to be inducted to Connecticut Veteran's Hall of Fame, a recognition that held a special place in his heart. "I am honored to be in such distinguished company," he said. Family and friends may visit the Swan Funeral Home, 80E Main St. Clinton, Monday April 25, from 2pm to 8pm. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday April 26, at 11am at St. Mary of the Visitation, Grove St. Clinton. Interment will follow at Beaverbrook Cemetery with full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Clinton Vol. Fire Dept. or Iwo Jima Survivors Association. Services will be held at Swan Funeral Home in Clinton. Please visit www.swanfhclinton.com for tributes and condolences.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 25, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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Daniel A. Vece Jr.

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Mary Tesoro

August 29, 2011

Dear Tom Marcia and Nancy, I'm so sad to find out that your father has passed. I saw it on internet as I was googling Clinton to be sure you were all ok/safe from hurrican Irene. Coincidentally, my mother (Irene) died 3 weeks prior, and her Brooklyn sister Bertha passed 2 weeks after your dad. Please accept my condolences My heart goes out to all of you. I really liked your dad - my Uncle Dan. With love, Mary Tesoro (marytesoro@mac.com)

C Tronnes

August 15, 2011

I just saw mr vece on a program on the history channel. I googled him and was sad to see he has passed
away. I am in California. He sounds like a wonderful man

Liz Devine

April 29, 2011

To the Vece Family:

The students at Hall High School mourn the loss of Daniel Vece. He visited our school for several years and each time he spoke with compassion, humor and clarity. He and his fellow Iwo Jima survivors taught my students a lot about service to our country. I am so grateful to have known him. I will keep his and other survivor stories alive in my history class. Know that he will be missed...we are thinking of you.

Betty Irwin Guidone

April 27, 2011

Tom,Marcia and Nancy so sad to read of your dad's passing.Your parents were great people.My prayers for all your family

FRANCINE SPERRE

April 26, 2011

TO THE ENTIRE VECE FAMILY, MY DAD NORMAN SPERRE WAS AN IWO JIMA SURVIVOR WHO PASSED AWAY SEVERAL YRS AGO. HE WAS A NEIGHBOR OF DAN.MY DAD ALWAYS SPOKE OF THE GROVE BEACH CASINNO, THE JUG INN,AND BILLS SEAFOOD WHERE THERE WAS SOME GOOD ENTERTAINMENT.I CAN RECALL SEEING VINEBERGS YACHT- FOOTLOOSE 1 AND 2 OUT ON OUR SHORELINE.ANOTHER ICON HAS PASSED,AND WE WILL MISS HIM.HE WAS AMONG THOSE THAT CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO CLINTON.MAY YOU FIND COMFORT IN THE MEMORIES, AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN YOUR TIME OF GRIEF.WITH SINCERE SYMPATHY, FRANCINE SPERRE.

Robin Pulaski

April 26, 2011

Mr. Vece will be dearly missed by all. It is so hard to believe, when you think of Clinton you always think about the Vece family. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family. God Bless You.

Chet Camarata

April 25, 2011

I had the honor of knowing Dan Vece, both as a colleague at the Department of Economic Development and as a good friend who’s door was always open . He was a respected professional in his work and a devoted family man . He always gave 100 percent and never asked for anything in return. His dedicated service to our Country and the Town should not be forgotten.
A truly special person has passed on.

April 25, 2011

A fire chief who taught me much.Dedication, hardwork, willingness to help all. He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.

Past Chief Bob Andrew
Guilford Fire Department

Rev. Lin McGee

April 25, 2011

Dear Family of Mr. Vece,
With honor and respect I send love and prayers to you. Your loved one was a hero to us all in so many ways. We will never forget him and all he has done for his country, his Corps, and each person that crossed his path in life. THANK YOU for sharing him with us!!

Rev. Lin McGee
National Chaplain, Blue Star Mothers of America
President, Connecticut Blue Star Mothers
Wife of Rev. David McGee, Chaplain for Iwo Jima Survivors
Mother of SSGT Daniel W. Matthews and CSM JamesPeter M. Matthews

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Bruce Swan

April 25, 2011

My very best to the whole family - The town of Clinton was a better place because of Dan Vece Jr.