He was a guy on the move. As a Sophomore at Burlington City High School he left school to work as a grocery boy at Tom’s Meat Market in Burlington to help support his parents & younger siblings.
Years later while working at Tom’s, a friend and neighbor would introduce a young Henrietta “Hank” Oczkowicz to Vincent. It took a little while to win her over. Well, maybe not too long, he’d wait a long three months before he slipped a ring on her finger while she was drying dishes. On Sept. 22, 1951 they started their journey that lasted 64 years and was blessed with 4 children: Vincent (Daryl Jeanne), Deborah, Cynthia Moffett and Laurie (Gregory) Player; and grandchildren Paul (Tessa), John, Leila-Jeanne, Gregory (Jaime), Jennifer and Michelle.
While he raised his children Vince worked three jobs: he was a meat cutter for Ft. Dix/McGuire Commissary and a part time meat cutter for A&P and was in the National Guard Army.
After retiring he went on to work part time for the Riverside Township Police Department as a Crossing Guard on the corner of Scott and Middleton St.
But that was seldom the end of his day. He would also be found taking care of his lawn as well as the neighbors lawns.
Whether it be building an addition on his house, installing & maintaining a swimming pool in his back yard or cooking for St. Pete’s and the Knights of Columbus events, his hands were never idle. His years later were definitely his most blessed, hanging on his grandchildren’s every word. Vince loved catching up on their lives. He was the type of Grandfather who taught his grandkids everything they needed to know, and a few things they didn’t. If his TV was on you’d either find a gameshow on it or he’d be checking in with Cecily, Karen and Melissa of Action News 4 times a day.
He was always seen about town. Vince was the “Dogfather”, faithfully walking his Maltese, Mikey. He played Santa Claus for his neighborhood, friends and family. He also served as an usher at St. Peter’s, was a member of the Holy Name Society and a 3rd & 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
He was the brother of Raymond (Dolores) and the late Virginia Jackamonis and is survived by his brother in law Robert “Hickey” Jackamonis, sister in laws Francine Saraduke and Ann Oskowis, many nieces and nephews and friends, especially those he made at Magee Rehabilitation.
Come celebrate 87 great years Friday 6-9 p.m. and Saturday 9-10 a.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, St’ Peter’s Church, Riverside. Interment, St. Peter’s Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers to St. Jude Hospital (stjude.org), Magee Rehabilitation (mageerehab.org) or Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, 101 Middleton Street, Riverside, NJ 08075 will be appreciated.