Victor J. Plati
CHARLOTTE - Victor (Vic) J. Plati of Charlotte, NC passed away at his home Tuesday, September 18th, 2018.
He was born in Rochester, NY to the late Joseph and Angelina (Lena) Plati and is survived by two sons Joseph and Richard; sister Elaine; and many nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by his wife of 60 years Louise (Lou) Plati; parents-in-law Vincent and Mildred Vinci.
A Korean War veteran of the Air Force, Vic returned home from the service and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and a Master’s Equivalent from the University of Rochester. He went on to work in business administration and was a business teacher in Rochester, but Vic’s passion in life was his music.
He was well known in Rochester and then later in Charlotte as a band leader, saxophonist, clarinetist and singer. At the age of 14, Vic organized, lead, performed in and fronted the first of his many bands including big band orchestras, show groups, quintets, and trios. Throughout his career he was a music contractor for shows such as Disney on Parade and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and other national artists performing in Rochester. Additionally, he was an Executive Board Member for the New York Conference of Musicians, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Rochester Musicians’ Association (Local 66 of American Federation of Musicians). In addition to performing professionally, Vic shared his music with everyone he met. He would play and/or sing a song to people just to bring a smile to their face, whether it was to cancer patients and nurses in an infusion room, kids and parents at breakfast, or to his own home care aides. His soulful playing will be missed by many.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 27th, 2018, in the chapel at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28277.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Victor’s name may be made to the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina or Atrium Health Foundation (select LCI Patient Special Needs Fund).
http://www.atriumhealthfoundation.org/tribute (select LCI Patient Special Needs Fund)
Online condolences can be made at www.tributecremationsociety.com.