OBITUARY

Vincent Louis Bacchetta Jr.

August 9, 1928January 9, 2021

Vincent L. “Jimmy” Bacchetta, Jr. (8/9/1928 – 1/9/2021)

The first child of pioneer mushroom grower and immigrant(s) Vincenzo and Mary DiFilippo Bacchetta (both from Civitella del Tronto, Abruzzo, Italy), Vince was the first of his family to be born in the U.S. An outstanding Kennett High School (Kennett Square, PA) student, athlete and senior class president, he was also the first of his family to graduate from college and postgraduate school, majoring in mathematics and physics. Vince was also an eight letter man at Washington College in baseball and soccer.

In 1952, Vince was the second mathematician hired by the DuPont Company. He thoroughly enjoyed his 42-year DuPont career as a mathematician/engineer, helping to maximize production efficiency around the world, developing many manufacturing process patents and making many lifelong friendships. Throughout his life Vince shared his love, enthusiasm and unmatched mathematical understanding of the game of baseball with anyone who was willing. A friend to everyone he met, he was also a tremendously positive and loving father figure to many hundreds of boys during his 35 years of managing and coaching baseball, including for the Southern Chester County Babe Ruth League (SCCL) in Pennsylvania. During most of those years he was also the League President and/or Treasurer, an umpire, and he prepared the league’s game schedules. He created the Instructional League for 13-year-olds in the SCCL, and his incredible 1982 state championship team came within one run and one game of the National Championship. Upon retirement, Vince moved to Lugoff, SC, where he took up golf, quickly developing a single digit handicap. He won countless seniors tournaments, including nine annual Super Senior Championships at Camden Country Club. He was proud of his streak of 67 consecutive rounds shooting his age or less, and he shot an 83 in his final round at age 90, despite years fighting a physically debilitating battle with cancer. Vince gave his time to many local charitable causes, including Kershaw Health located in Kershaw County, SC, where he donated over 11,000 hours installing life-line systems for seniors. He also ran hundreds of charitable golf tournaments in the area.

Vince was preceded in death by his wife Suzanne and three younger brothers, Augustine, Anthony and Edward of Kennett Square, PA. He is survived by his younger sister Antoinette (Bacchetta) DiEdwardo of New York. “Uncle Jimmy” was the beloved patriarch of the extended Bacchetta family, which includes ten nieces and nephews, many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews, as well as his own three children - Dr. Paula Bacchetta, James V. (& Michelle) Bacchetta and Dr. Matthew D. (& Dr. Jane) Bacchetta - and five grandchildren.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, any donations be made directly to: Kershaw Health Home Care Attn: Teresa Fry, RN, Director 1165 Hwy 1 South #400 Lugoff, SC 29078 803-425-1182

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Doug Helton

January 19, 2021

Most days I saw Vince at the mailbox or when he was cutting grass. He always spoke or tooted his horn with a friendly wave. This past year we spent more and more time together. We talked a lot about his family (of which he was so proud), mushroom farming and golf and of course baseball. He was a wealth of knowledge. We (my wife and I) enjoyed him coming over and eating with us and then Vince and I would watch a western on tv. I will remember those times fondly but the thing I will remember most is that Vince was my friend. I will miss him.

Kim Helton

January 16, 2021

Vince lived across from me and my husband Doug and we became very close to him after Sue's passing. I miss him so much and am so grateful that I got to know him. He was such a sweetie and I loved hearing his stories of the mushroom farm and of his family. He was so proud of all of his family and would tell me about everyone and share pictures! He made me feel loved and I sure loved him! He will live on in my heart!

Anthony Bacchetta

January 14, 2021

To my cousins, Paula, Jimmy and Mathew. I send my condolences. Uncle Vince (Jim) was a great person who inspired many. His love for his family, sports, golf and of course math are some of the highlights I remember
of him. No matter what or where, if he was there he offered to help. Uncle Jim once helped me build new concrete steps down at the newer mushroom plant. Mary and I were very fond of him and Sue, who is also missed. Uncle Jim will now be able to keep an eye on his awnry brothers and be with his mother and father, Mary and Vincenzo.
May God bless him, and his wonderful family.

Antonette Fitz

January 14, 2021

Very special condolences for my cousins Paula, Jimmy, and Matthew, and the rest of the Bacchetta family. A great deal of duty goes to my sister Mary Jo for attending to his last wishes. Uncle Jimmy, was a great uncle that I loved dearly. He would not only give you his best advice about something, but you would also get an education on the topic, and a personalized story. We will surely miss him.

David Delduco

January 14, 2021

No one cheered our wrestling team on or supported us more than Vince durning my time at Kennett High. I am sad he is gone but the memories make me smile.

Antoinette DiEdwardo

January 13, 2021

My love to Jimmy, Paula and Mathew . I will greatly miss my dear brother , but know he is with mom and pop now and has no pain. Everyone should thank my neice MaryJo and her husband Bill for the kindness and love they showed in taking him into their care in his final days and moments. They gave him their unconditional support and he was very blessed to have them

Rosemarie Bacchetta Scope

January 13, 2021

Condolences to my cousins Jimmy,Paula,Mathew. It is with a broken heart that we say goodbye to Uncle Jim. Jim was my godfather and always gave the biggest hugs. He inspired me to attend college and learn. His intelligence and heart will be greatly missed. God Bless him.

Maria Lynch

January 13, 2021

Very sad day to lose such a wonderful uncle . Will miss all his great stories and was very grateful my cousin MaryJo and her husband Bill that they could hold his hand as he passed from this life on earth . He loved them very much.

Jim Crawford

January 13, 2021

Great thoughts of Mr. Bacchetta while growing up on Heatherly Lane. My sincere condolences to Jimmy, Paula and Matthew.

Angela Bacchetta Housel

January 12, 2021

Cousin Jimmy was a loving and kind man. I have many fond memories of him. He always stayed connected with many visits to his New Jersey relatives , typically with a stop to Aunt Sylvia’s. He will be missed very much. Love, Peace and Prayers of comfort to his dear family. Angela Bacchetta Housel & Family.

FROM THE FAMILY