OBITUARY

Isadore John Vaccarino

January 2, 1935July 9, 2018
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On July 9, 2018 Isadore John Vaccarino “John”or” Izzy” of Ellicott City, MD, Devoted Husband of Mary E. Vaccarino “Betty” ( nee Garner); Beloved Father of Joseph and wife Cathy, John and wife Jo Ann, Mark, Patricia and husband Jay, and Barbara; Loving Brother of Philippa Owen and the late Sally Clocker; He is also survived by 9 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to call at the Witzke Funeral Homes Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Road. Columbia, MD 21045 on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday 10:00 a.m at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 4795 Ilchester Road. Ellicott City, MD 21043. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice in John’s name. Online condolences may be made

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Visitation Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 16, 2018
REMEMBERING

Isadore John Vaccarino

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Paul Totaro

July 15, 2018

When I was a kid my cousin Isadore, being a dozen years older than I, appeared to me to be part of the older generation. When I was a teenager he and Betty seemed to have more in common with my parents than with me. But that changed as I grew older. I followed him to Loyola College and a career in government service. He and Betty asked me to be godfather to their daughter Patti, a responsibility I took seriously until Patti grew up. Though I didn’t visit them often at their home in Ellicott City, Isadore and Betty always made me feel welcome when I did. As with many families we mostly saw each other at weddings, funerals, and birthdays. Among my fondest memories are Isadore and Betty attending my 60th. Is and his son-in-law Jay even helped with the cooking, made a delicious concoction of Italian sausage, green peppers, and onions. In more recent years we shared family news via phone and email. Isadore asked if I was having a 70th birthday party. He said he wanted to visit me and Janet at our place in Bar Harbor, Maine. Though I hadn’t seen him for more than a year and knew he was having health problems I assumed he would recover, always thinking of him as being too robust for anything to keep him down. In fact I was about to ask again when he and Betty were coming to visit when we received the news that he’d passed away. Janet and I were shocked, saddened to learn that he’s gone and that visit will never happen.

My memories of Isadore no doubt are different from those of his immediate family, but mine are all I have, and few though they are they’re good ones. I will always remember my older cousin as a man’s man and a role model for a younger relative – smart and confident, full of life and vigor, a great smile and a good sense of humor. Though we had different religious beliefs, I believe the light I saw in him - some of that divine spark found in all of us as my minister would say - will continue shining through in Isadore’s family for a long time to come.

Cathy Vaccarino

July 11, 2018

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