Vincent J. Fusco of West Tisbury and Barefoot Bay, Florida, died peacefully in his sleep on January 3, surrounded by his loved ones. He was 88.
Vinny was born on February 15, 1925, and he was raised in Paterson, New Jersey. At the age of 18, he served in the Army, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.
After returning home he apprenticed and became a master carpenter.
After retirement, Vinny and his companion, Jean Berlingeri, visited Martha’s Vineyard and decided to make this their home. Together they built their house in West Tisbury, where they spent the last 25 summers.
Vinny had many interests. He loved clamming, fishing, and boating. He also enjoyed wood carving, and he taught a class at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. His carving of an osprey won the blue ribbon at the Ag Fair. He also worked on many buildings on the Island, including the doors of the new Ag Hall.
Vinny was very proud of his service in the war and never missed an opportunity to march with the vets in the Memorial Day and 4th of July parades.
He is survived by his companion of 30 years, Jean Berlingeri; his daughter, Linda Fusco; step-children Debra Raia, Robert Adam, and Roberta Adams; and two sisters, Marge Andredotta and Marie Pitman. Also by Jean’s children, Barbara Neary, Christine McLean, Angela Berlingeri, Joe Berlingeri, and Theodore Berlingeri.