Spanning Three Centuries of Service

16 Shea Place ~ New Rochelle, NY 10805

P: (914) 632-2700

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Vincent J. Cassara, Sr.

Vincent J. Cassara, Sr.

Vincent James Cassara (Jim), Sr., a lifelong resident of New Rochelle died on March 22nd at the age of 105. He was born on August 13, 1916 to Castrenze and Benvenuta (Messina) Cassara. Jim was a loving husband and devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Jim was a joy and inspiration to his family and friends all who were blessed to have known him. He was truly loved beyond measure and will be missed beyond words.

In 1946, he married Estelle Wilkins who remained the love of his life for 62 wonderful years before her death in 2008. Lovingly known as Poppy, he is survived by his three devoted children, Linda Geertgens, Vincent, Jr. (Judy) and Charles. Grandfather of Kevin (Christine), Randy (Denise), Steven (Lauren) Geertgens, Dawn (John) Markic, Brenda (Paul) Gallo, Jennifer Cassara, Jamie (Natalie) Cassara and Kristina Cassara. Adoring great grandfather of Ryan, Connor, Sadie, Jaxon, Daniel and Michael Geertgens, Joseph, Andrew and Niko Markic, Mya and Khloe Gallo, Riley Cassara, Harrison and Dorian Cassara. He was predeceased by son-in-law Gary Geertgens, daughter-in-law Debra Cassara, brothers Jacob, Philip and Nicholas Cassara and sisters Mary Galasso and Grace Reinig.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Jim was the owner of Webster Fruit & Produce Market which was a purveyor of fancy fruits and vegetables on Webster Ave. and C. Cassara Sons. Inc. produce wholesaler on Union Avenue in New Rochelle. He lived through the stock market crash of 1929, the Great Depression, two pandemics and two world wars.

Jim was a remarkably wise man who everyone enjoyed being with. He truly treasured his time spent with his family celebrating milestones, attending his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sporting events as well as all those wonderful everyday moments. His eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren brought so much joy to his life. They filled his heart with love and laughter. He was extremely proud of his family and all of their achievements. Jim had a quick wit and sharp memory. He was always the consummate “gentleman” and role model and will be remembered lovingly by all who knew him.

Family will receive friends at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle on Thursday, March 24th from 4 -8 pm. A mass at Church of the Holy Family will be held on Friday, March 25th at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye, NY. In leu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to The ALS Association or St. Jude in his memory.

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