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Vincent John Nappa

January 27, 1936November 15, 2020
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Vincent John "Vinny" Nappa, 84, of Palm Bay (Florida), passed away at home on Sunday, November 15, 2020. He was the husband of Mary Emma Woodward, whom he met in Nashville in 1958 while he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. They shared 62 years together.

Born January 27, 1936 in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Vincent was the son of the late Pasquale Nappa and Letizia Simone. He served in the US Army from 1954 to 1978, retiring as a Sergeant Major. Among his many service awards, he received the Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars, two for valor for heroic actions in combat while serving in Vietnam.

He was always happy, and he was always singing even in his last hours. He will be remembered for his love of life, devotion to his family, and exciting stories. Family and friends will always remember his festive holiday gatherings and his pasta.

Vinny is survived by his wife Mary; daughter Sherry (Steward), sons Vincent and Christopher, and their spouses; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, four brothers, two sisters, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, three brothers, three sisters, and two nephews.

The viewing will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Fountainhead Funeral Home, 7359 Babcock Street SE, Palm Bay, Florida, 32909 at 11:00 a.m. Military honors and interment will be held at 12:15 p.m. in the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America at https://vva.org/donate/ or the Disabled American Veterans at https://www.dav.org/.

  • FAMILY

  • Pasquale Nappa, Father (deceased)
  • Letizia Simone Nappa, Mother (deceased)
  • Mary Emma Woodward Nappa, Beloved Wife
  • Sherry Steward, Daughter
  • Vincent Nappa, Son
  • Christopher Nappa, Son
  • Vinny also leaves behind his daughter-in-laws, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, four brothers, two sisters, and many nieces and nephews.
    He also joins in rest his parents, three brothers, three sisters and two nephews.

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    Friday, November 20, 2020

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Vincent John Nappa

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Christina Nappa

November 24, 2020

Today was perfect, Peeps.
The weather was perfect and all of your closest family and friends got to say their goodbyes to you. I spent all of my life very close to you and I never even once thought what it would be like when you were gone. You had the most contagious smile and made sure everyone around you was happy. You loved to sing and dance especially while making and eating pasta with everyone. We spent soooo many nights eating bowl after bowl of pasta and that one time you used frozen meatballs and didn’t think I’d notice. Christmas will never ever be the same, that was YOUR holiday. You showed the girls how much Christmas meant to you and how important it is. I’ll miss going on cruises and singing with you every night at dinner and summers in your pool. I am so glad the girls got to meet you and get so close to you. They tell everyone about their hero Peeps and his Purple Heart award. Both of the girls keep saying they miss you and Brooke did not want to leave your side today. These last few weeks, even months have been really hard, full of tears and I know you were ready. You fought so hard and even took good care of Meems while doing so. I love you forever peeps and I promise we will take care of Meems and keep her company! Rest In Peace Vincent John Nappa, my hero.

Lisa Ahart

November 19, 2020

Uncle Vinny was always larger than life. His smile, his stories...his love for family. He lived his life to the fullest and shared his love with everyone. He is a real life American hero. God Speed Uncle. I’ll see you on the other side.

Tanya Bradford

November 18, 2020

From my first trip to Disney to my first trip to a beach, to sitting and laughing with him on a porch in the mountains of Tennessee, there was never a time that he wasn't loved and appreciated by me. To me, he was always bigger than life, with the smile and laugh to match. I'm lucky to have known him and call him not only friend, but family.

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