Vittorio Vescio

Obituary of Vittorio Venanzio Vescio

Vittorio V. Vescio of Warren, New Jersey, formerly of Maplewood, NJ, passed away on June 17, 2024, surrounded by his family. Vittorio was a devoted husband to his wife and childhood friend, Pasqualina Nina, and father to Fabiola and her husband Mario, Marcella and her husband Sean, Maurizio and his wife Lauren, and Claudio and his wife Hillary. He was blessed with and adored by ten grandchildren: Alessia, Elisa, Valentina, Claudia, Gianluca, Massimo, Sebastiano, Nico, Evan, and Madelyn. 

Vittorio was born on May 26, 1948, in the rural town of Gizzeria (CZ) in Calabria, Italy, where he spent most of his time tending to his family’s farms and the tavern; he was the seventh of eight children born to Raffaele and Vincenzina. He attended the professional trade school l’Instituto Professionale per L’industria in Nicastro (CZ), Italy where he studied metalworking to be a tool and die maker. Upon earning his degree, he left home to work in Turin, Italy, and in 1969, he completed his military conscription in Genoa Imperia, Italy. He then moved to Stetten am kalten Markt, Germany to continue his trade, where he also was a member of his company’s soccer team. In 1971, Vittorio immigrated to the United States and settled in Maplewood, New Jersey where he married Pasqualina and raised a family.  Vittorio and his family relocated to Warren, New Jersey in 1997.

For 29 years, Vittorio developed his career as a Master Tool and Die maker at Revlon Inc. in Irvington, New Jersey. He would go on to serve as head of the tooling department. After retiring, Vittorio kept busy taking care of his home and landscaping, continued his hobbies of fixing things, gardening, cooking wonderful meals, and most importantly caring and loving for his wife, children, and grandchildren.  Vittorio and Pasqualina spent their summers and autumns at their ancestral home in Gizzeria, Italy, enjoying their farm by the Tyrrhenian Sea. On their farm, Vittorio loved tending to the land, where he maintained olive groves to produce olive oil.  Returning to his agricultural roots, Vittorio began to import his family’s olive oil to the United States to share the fruits of his labor. Vittorio was notably a passionate cook, specializing in exquisite seafood dishes. As a lifelong soccer fan, he was a supporter of A.C. Milan and the Italian national soccer team. He also enjoyed fishing and playing soccer with his children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 21st, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ. A funeral mass will be held on the following day on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, 1890 Washington Valley Road, Martinsville, NJ. Entombment will follow after mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 225 Ridgedale Avenue, East Hanover, NJ.


Visitation at the Funeral Home

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, June 21, 2024
Higgins Home for Funerals
752 Mountain Blvd.
Watchung, New Jersey, United States

Funeral Mass

10:00 am
Saturday, June 22, 2024
Blessed Sacrament Church
1890 Washington Valley Road
Martinsville, New Jersey, United States

Final Resting Place

Gate Of Heaven Cemetery
225 Ridgedale Avenue
East Hanover, New Jersey, United States
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