Vito Pastore

July 31, 1931April 19, 2012

Marco Island — Vito Michael Pastore, 80, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the Naples Community Hospital, following a brief illness. Born in Mt. Vernon, New York, on July 31, 1931 with his twin brother Frank, he was the son of the late Pietro Antonio and Marie (Settembre) Pastore. Vito grew up in Auburn, New York and graduated from Auburn East High School. He graduated from Auburn Community College and Syracuse University, and was Class Marshall of the Syracuse Law School Class of 1962. Vito was admitted to the State of New York Bar in 1963. He paid his way through law school by working in the masonry and plaster trades, learning from his father. Vito was most proud of his restorations of Holy Family Church in Auburn and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House in Seneca Falls, NY. Before law school, Vito proudly served his country as part of the Voice of America in the Coast Guard in 1954. He often recalled the many lifelong friendships he made while aboard the USCGC Courier, stationed off the coast of Greece. He returned to Greece in his later years, with his wife Joyce, to reminisce with his old Voice of America buddies. After law school, he and his partner, the late John Pettigrass, practiced law on Genesee Street in Auburn for many years. He had a facile memory and remembered all his big cases. During those years, he enjoyed golfing with his friends at Auburn Country Club and other courses in the upstate NY area. In 1978, he moved with his family to Marco Island, Florida, where he built a home on Marco and began to work again in the masonry and plaster trades. He also helped establish La Scarpa in 1985, Joyce's boutique on Marco. He could often be found sitting on the bench outside of La Scarpa with friends and family holding forth on the topics of the day. When he wasn't fishing for dinner, he was a fixture at the meat counter at the Marco Publix. Vito was passionate about Italy and its heritage. In particular, he enjoyed several trips to Sammichele Di Bari, his father's hometown. He also enjoyed travelling throughout Italy on buying trips for the boutique. Vito will be remembered for his deep love of family, his uncommon loyalty and his sense of humor. He was a member of the San Marco Catholic Church. Vito is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Joyce (Maywalt) Pastore of Marco Island; his three loving daughters, Mary Kathryn (Pastore) Cryan and her husband Terence, Jeanine Settembre Pastore and her partner William Kirk, and Pietra (Pastore) Sylvester and her husband David; four grandchildren, Jeanine Marie and Annabel Francesca Cryan, Harlan Peter and Marisa Cathleen Sylvester and Dakota Kirk; his twin brother Frank; his sister, Dr. Lucia Pastore; and his nephews, Peter Pastore, Nicholas Pastore, Paul Pastore and Christopher Pearson; and many close friends. Visiting hours will be between 3 and 4 p.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2012 at Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home, 577 Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2012, at San Marco Catholic Church on Marco Island. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America (


  • Calling hours Monday, April 23, 2012
  • Calling hours Monday, April 23, 2012
  • Wake Prayer Service Monday, April 23, 2012
  • Catholic Funeral Mass Tuesday, April 24, 2012
  • Burial Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Vito Pastore

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August 21, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You had a long and wonderful journey and it will continue one day.

Peter Pastore

May 14, 2012

Plasterers Wear White
by Peter A. Pastore

They toil with gypsum, mortar and lime,
They arrive with heavy wooden boxes,
Trowels, hawks, hods and hoes,
Plasterers wear white,

Mix up the brown coat Ernie,
A big day of work today,
Set up the scaffolds safe and strong,
Carry the hod high and full,

Pull that screed level and smooth,
Off with the excess by sponge and water,
We'll double up today Frank,
Fast like the old days with Pa,

Keep your wrist flexible Frank,
Float that brown coat,
Sweep that darby wide,
Make it smooth,

Snap goes the trowel to the hawk,
Corners are full and ready,
Push the cornice mold Vito,
Back and forth glides the mold,

Walls, easy as some days in life,
Ceilings, cornices, tough as some days in life,
Plaster to be sure,
Plasterers wear white.

Bill Colipietro

April 30, 2012

Joyce and Family sorry to hear of the passing of Veto,glad I had some time with him last Feb he aleays had something interesting to say,and good times in Las Vegas. My prayers are with you

Jane (Smith) Westlake

April 26, 2012

Joyce and Family:

I was so sorry to read about the loss of Vito. I worked for him and John Pettigrass in Auburn in the 70's. Vito was a great man and was always so good to me. He will be greatly missed. May God give you comfort and peace at this time and always.

Dave & Marcia Newell

April 25, 2012

Our heartfelt sympathy to the family. We met Vito at the USCGC Courier Reunion in Rhodes Greece, 2007.

USCGC Courier Association,
Dave Newell, Pres.

April 25, 2012

Dear Joyce and Janine,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in your time of great sorrow.
Amy & Jeff Belluck Naples, Fl.

April 24, 2012

Pastore family my heart cry a lot the death of Vito...
= franco Pastore =

Martha Erickson

April 24, 2012

Dear Joyce, Janine and family.
Vito was a wonderful,caring gentleman. I have very fond memories of Vito out on the bench. Our deepest sympathies. Our prayers are with you and your family. Martha & Roy Erickson

April 23, 2012

Joyce and family, I was so sorry to hear of Vito's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Carol Fantasia Fennessy

Laurie Pozo

April 23, 2012

Pastore Family, I hold you in my thoughts and prayers but know that you are a strong, close family who will be there to hold each other up--that is the greatest legacy Vito left to you.
Fondly, Laurie Pozo