OBITUARY

Vincent J. Greco

September 12, 1927February 2, 2021

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow, but remember me in every tomorrow. Remember the joy, the laughter, the smile, I've only gone to rest a little while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me, not as I am now, but as I used to be. Because, I will remember you all and look on with a smile. Understand, in your hearts, I've only gone to rest a little while. As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.

Vincent J. Greco of Armonk, NY passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 2, 2021. He was 93 years old. Vince, as he was known to his family and friends, was born in Brooklyn during the roaring 20’s, the son of Italian immigrants John and Rose Greco. After graduating from Bushwick High School, he answered his nation’s call and enlisted in the in the U.S. Navy in 1945. He served as a pharmacist mate in the Pacific and was later deployed to China with the U.S. Marines, returning home in 1949. Following his military service, Vince attended NYU on the GI bill earning degrees in education and administration. Vince later completed graduate studies at Columbia’s Teachers College and Fordham’s Guidance Institute.

Vince began his career as a social studies teacher at the Preston Middle High School in West Harrison, NY. He later went on to spend the majority of his career as a guidance counselor in the Lakeland School District and as a Senior Adjunct Professor in the Behavior Sciences Department of Westchester Community College. He also served as a field supervisor for the educational programs at Manhattanville College and Teachers College, Columbia University. Vince took personal interest in the lives of his students both in and outside of the classroom. He took great pleasure in keeping in touch with many of his former students, following their careers and achievements.

Vince was always generous with his time and energy and took great pleasure in being involved in his neighborhood and community. Among his many contributions, he was a past Vice President of the Board of Education in the Byram Hills School District, the Commander of the American Legion, North Castle Post, as well as that Legion’s Scholarship Chairman for the Boys and Girls State Program. He was currently serving as the President of the Parish Council of St. Patrick’s Church in Armonk. Vince enjoyed a lifetime passion for tennis, platform tennis and golf, and was a long-time member of The Coveleigh Club in Rye and The Fox Meadow Tennis Club in Scarsdale. Over the years he served on the board of both clubs. He continued to grace the courts and remain active and fiercely competitive in these pursuits into his early 90’s.He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Mary Lou. He is survived by his daughter Diane and son Paul (Kelsie), and his brother Salvatore.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Church in Armonk, with burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne. In memory of Vince, the family requests consideration of a donation to the WCC Foundation for the Mary Lou and Vincent Greco Endowment Scholarship Fund. Mr. Greco's funeral Mass will be lived streamed at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVAmgwg8dltHe98xw95ZsKw/featured

The address for that is: WCC Foundation Hartford Hall Westchester Community College 75 Grasslands Road Valhalla, NY 10595-1693

Services

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

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Joseph Biscoglio

February 17, 2021

Although I am saddened to learn of Vinny’s passing, I am soothed by my belief that he has joined his beloved wife in the bosom of the Lord.
We were fellow history teachers in our younger days and finished our careers as guidance counselors. I remember most vividly his great good humor and gentle and courteous manner that he displayed at the professional events that we attended.
He was a good and faithful servant of the Lord and has gone to his deserved place in heaven.

Rudy Marciano

February 12, 2021

So sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. I was a student of
Mr. Greco's first class, social studies, in January 1952 at Samuel J.
Preston Middle School in West Harrison, N.Y. We all enjoyed his way of teaching with his calmness and knowledge of the subject matter. Mr. Greco was also firm when he had to be. He would say,
"Now there you have it" I will always remember this quote.
Rest in peace Mr. Greco, I will always remember you and your warm smile.
Rudy Marciano

Rudy Marciano

February 12, 2021

So very sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. I was a member of his first class in January 1952 at Samuel J. Preston Middle School in West Harrison, N.Y. I along with my classmates,
enjoyed having Mr. Greco as our social studies teacher.

Gena Pettinato

February 11, 2021

Mr. Greco was one of the first members I met when joining The Coveleigh Club. His warm smile and kind manner left a lasting impression and always made me feel welcomed. I hope to honor his legacy and do my best to mirror Vince's generous spirit in my own life. We will miss your presence around the club. May you rest in peace dear, sweet, man.

Andrew Keith

February 10, 2021

Vince was ever the true gentleman. Polite and kind and always generous with that wonderful smile. I am a better person for knowing him. He will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace.

STUART GIRLING

February 10, 2021

A really wonderful guy and a true gentleman. It was a pleasure, honor and a privilege to have known him for so many years. He will be greatly missed around the club. Coveleigh will not be the same without him. Sleep well Mr. G.

Carol McGill

February 9, 2021

Partnered with Vince a few times at PRTC and loved his joy and cunning at tennis and platform. His smile says it all!

Vito Pinto

February 7, 2021

His million dollar smile said it all whenever you met Vince! I had the distinct pleasure of working with him on the Westchester/Putnam Guidance Counselor Association along with colleagues Louis Brunelli and Joseph Biscoglio for many years. He was very proud of his background and accomplishments and worked diligently with the Association to provide expos for his students as well as all others in the two counties. We began the College Fair for all juniors under the tutelage of Lou and followed our success with the Career Fair for all sophomores. Our contact continued throughout the years! As veterans, Vince assisted our Veteran's Appreciation Day as a school board member at Byram Hills where the Students for Soldiers club was introduced and the students helped for years at our annual barbecue at Playland! May he be welcomed with the Lord’s eternal embrace as he arrives at his final port of call! Rest In Peace our good and friendly colleague!!

George Latimer

February 6, 2021

Vince was a good man. A leader in every way - at church, as a veteran, in schools. We will miss him.

Elizabeth Sloat

February 5, 2021

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Greco, whom I met at The Culinary Arts Cafe at WCC. Vincent was a welcomed guest at the cafe, and he raved each time he was lucky enough to get a reservation. Talking with Vincent was the highlight of my day when he came in for lunch or called in asking for a reservation, he was just so happy and warm to speak with... he loved it here, and he loved being back for lunch. I will cherish my time speaking with him. He will be missed, and we will think of him fondly.

FROM THE FAMILY