Vincent W. Antonetti passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at the age of 89. He was born on June 25,1933 and raised in Queens, NY. He is survived by his wife, Tina Hodos Antonetti; daughters Christine Antonetti, Carolyn (Jeff) Dannels, and Lisa (Chris) Gruber; granddaughters Charlotte Whittle, Chelsea Gruber, and Courtney Gruber; sister Marie Carbo; brothers-in-law Nicholas Carbo, Stephen (Donna) Hodos, and Jon (Beth) Hodos; nieces Majorie Hodos, Juliet (John) DiTroia and Rachael Ciccaglione; nephews Jacob Hodos and Jerome Hodos; and beloved great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Vincent was predeceased by his parents Frank and Philomena Antonetti and son-in-law Timothy Whittle.
Vince graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, earned a BME degree at The City College of New York, an MSME degree from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Waterloo in Canada. Vince held a Professional Engineering License, was an ASME fellow and member of ACTAR and was an Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist.
Vince was a devoted husband to Tina, his wife of 34 years. He was a loving father to his daughters and passed on to them his sense of humor, love of reading, respect for education, strong work ethic, and fervent appreciation for Italian bread and New York bagels. Vince was fondly known as “Poppy” to his three granddaughters. He enjoyed spending time with them during holidays and backyard picnics, and attended their many dance performances, sports events, and horse shows. He was interested and supportive of their hobbies, academic pursuits and accomplishments. His priority was always the best interests and happiness of his family. Vince was kind, curious, hardworking and bright, with a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. He was supportive and generous with his time, talents and knowledge. He always stayed close to the kitchen and considered himself a dessert connoisseur, never missing an opportunity to sample the baked goods his wife indulged him with for almost four decades.
Vince remained active throughout his life. In his younger years he focused on research and made contributions to mainframe computer design and aspects of heat transfer while employed at IBM. While working there, Vince earned his doctorate degree, coached CYO basketball and became a published author writing books on diet and nutrition, gas mileage and fitness. Vince enjoyed a second career as a college professor and chairperson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Manhattan College. Throughout his career, he wrote and published many research articles and book chapters in his field of study and taught and mentored countless students. He retired from teaching and started Amatech Review, a traffic accident reconstruction analysis firm to analyze collisions and provide reports and expert testimony in court. Vince spent his later years as a member of the Center or Lifetime Studies at Marist College and was the editor of their newsletter. He was also committed to his online publishing business, No Paper Press, that specialized in writing books on diet and fitness; two lifelong passions for Vince. He spent time teaching himself various computer languages into his 80’s, collaborating on professional articles and papers, exercising and playing sports, remaining actively engaged in current events, socializing with family and friends, and reading countless books; once committing to reading one book each from authors whose last name began with letters A through Z. Vince loved music, especially the classics, jazz and Italian opera.
Vince will be dearly missed. A memorial celebration of his life is scheduled for February 23, 2023 at 11 AM at the BALDWIN BROTHRS Funeral & Cremation Society, 1008 Bichara Boulevard, The Villages, FL 32159. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Cornerstone Hospice for their professional and compassionate care and support through this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Mariposa Way, The Villages, FL 32162. Sentiments are encouraged at www.baldwincremation.com.
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