Services will be held Tuesday, October 4 for longtime Martinez resident Vincent J. Lucido who died at his home Wednesday at the age of 86.
Born and raised in Pittsburg, he was one of ten children and went to work at a young age to help support the family. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. During the invasion of the Philippines, the fleet endured a kamikaze attack and Vince watched as a plane crashed into a nearby ship where he knew Martinez resident Freddie Bagnasco was serving. Bagnasco survived.
Coming home at the end of the war, he worked for a time at the Johns Manville plant in Pittsburg before deciding to become a carpenter. For 34 years, he was a widely respected member of the Carpenters Union, Local 152 working for some of the leading contractors in Martinez and neighboring communities including Zocchi, Frumenti and Osmundsen, for whom he became a supervisor and a skilled finish carpenter. To this day, his wife of 63 years, Catherine Amato Lucido, can point out the houses in the community that Vince helped to build.
One of the early members of the Martinez Bocce Federation, Vince loved the popular Italian bowling game and played hard. “He was a quiet man until he played bocce” Catherine recalled. The couple were members of “Amici”, a team of couples from the local Italian community who not only played in the Martinez Bocce Federation for many years but traveled as far as New Orleans and St. Louis to play in tournaments, often winning trophies. Vince also belonged to the Monte Cristo Club in San Francisco and the Liguria and Colombo Clubs in Oakland, each known for their bocce competitions.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Jack Lucido of Lafayette and grandchildren Katrina Lucido of Oklahoma City and Anthony Lucido (Amy) of Martinez.
Visitation will be held on Monday, October 3, 2011 from 3 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Connolly and Taylor mortuary in Martinez followed by a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at Christ the King Church in Pleasant Hill followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.