Vin­cent Luke Strano Sr.

Cecil Whig - - & -

Vin­cent Luke Strano Sr., age 62, of Elk­ton, MD, for­merly of New Cas­tle, DE went home to be with the Lord on July 7, 2016. He leaves be­hind a legacy of love and de­voted ser vice. His pass­ing leaves a tremen­dous void in the lives of all who knew him. Born in Philadel­phia, PA, to the late Joseph and Carmella Strano, Vince learned his work ethic by work­ing with his fa­ther in the fam­ily gro­cery store. He grad­u­ated from Val­ley Forge Mil­i­tary Academy and went on to at­tend Brandy­wine Col­lege and McAl­lis­ter In­sti­tute of Fu­neral Ser­vice. Vince worked for sev­eral Delaware fu­neral homes be­fore part­ner­ing with Joseph Fee­ley to open Strano & Fee­ley Fam­ily Fu­neral Home, ful­fill­ing his life­long dream of min­is­ter­ing to griev­ing fam­i­lies. Vince was well re­spected and had many close friend­ships in the fu­neral in­dus­try. He served as past pres­i­dent of the Delaware State Fu­neral Di­rec­tors As­so­ci­a­tion. Vince of­ten cred­ited God, his men­tor Char­lie Schi­avo, and his busi­ness part­ner for his suc­cess. In typ­i­cal hum­ble fash­ion, Vince down­played his own enor­mous role of be­ing a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional with a tremen­dous work ethic and metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail. Vince’s pro­fes­sional legacy will live on in the ef­forts of his staff, the many peo­ple he men­tored, and the fam­i­lies he served over the years.

Vince was a ded­i­cated fol­lower of his Lord and Sav­ior, Je­sus Christ, and at­tended Corner­stone Min­istries Church. His out­look on life was one of grat­i­tude — he of­ten looked around and said, “I’m so blessed!” He lived out his faith in ac­tion by serv­ing the com­mu­nity in a myr­iad of ways. Vince served as a Boy Scout leader, a base­ball coach and an um­pire in Sub­ur­ban Lit­tle League and was ac­tive in the West End Neigh­bor­hood House and pre­vi­ously served as a board mem­ber. He was also ac­tive in the Full Gospel Busi­ness Men’s Fel­low­ship and held of­fices of pres­i­dent and trea­surer. Vince had many hob­bies in­clud­ing play­ing the ac­cor­dion, fish­ing, golf­ing, and pho­tog­ra­phy. He loved a host of pets over the years, and con­sid­ered his dogs as part of the fam­ily. He was proud to have been a mem­ber of the first Univer­sity of Delaware Men’s Ice Hockey Club Team. Vince was an en­tre­pre­neur who worked tire­lessly at Strano Sub Shop, and in real es­tate ven­tures as well as in the fu­neral in­dus­try. He was a kind, gen­er­ous, hon­or­able man, and a prac­ti­cal joker with a great sense of hu­mor.

Vince was a de­voted fam­ily man whose great­est joy was time spent with his lov­ing wife, their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. Count­less week­ends and hol­i­days were spent with ex­tended fam­ily and friends gath­ered at their home with much food, mu­sic, and laugh­ter. All were wel­comed with lov­ing arms. Vince cher­ished fam­ily vacations in Italy, Puerto Rico, and Camp Tock­wogh. He was very proud of his fam­ily and counted their ac­com­plish­ments as the true mea­sure of his own suc­cess.

Vince is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife of 40 years, Lu­cia; his three sons: Joseph A. Strano and his wife, Ash­ley, Vin­cent L. Strano Jr. and his wife, Jaime, and Matthew L. Strano; his pre­cious grand­chil­dren, Vin­cent Luke III, Gio­vanni James, and Sophia Grace; his sis­ter, Nancy Strano; sis­ters-in-law, Anna Marie and Beatrice DiNatale; brothers-in-law, Guido (Linda) and Aldo (Rose Ann) DiNatale; neph­ews: Gian Bonetti (Margaret Henn) and Dino DiNatale (Kathryn); fam­ily friend, Marie Cella Betts; many trea­sured Al­bano, DeFlaviis, and DiDonato cousins and their ex­tended fam­i­lies; and the staff of Strano & Fee­ley Fam­ily Fu­neral Home.

A visi­ta­tion will be held on Thurs­day, July 14 from 4-7 PM at Glas­gow Church, 2880 Sum­mit Bridge Rd, Bear, DE 19701 fol­lowed by a ser­vice in cel­e­bra­tion of Vince’s life at 7 PM. Burial will be pri­vate at Hick­ory Grove Ceme­tery. Do­na­tions may be sent to Faith­ful Friends An­i­mal So­ci­ety, 12 Ger­may Dr., Wilm­ing­ton, DE 19804. For di­rec­tions or to send an on­line con­do­lence visit www.strano fee­ley.com

Strano & Fee­ley Fam­ily Fu­neral Home

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