Vincent A. DeCesare, Esq., 75, of South Kingstown passed away peacefully on Friday, October 19, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Diane (Musumeci) DeCesare for 30 years. Born in Providence, he was the son of Antonetta (Bevilaqua) DeCesare and the late Armando DeCesare.
A graduate of Providence College, Vincent began his career as a middle school Social Studies teacher where he developed his life-long passion for enhancing the lives of children. Vincent balanced his teaching career with studying law at night at Suffolk University. With his law degree in hand, Vincent formed his own firm and practiced in Rhode Island for 47 years, touching the lives of many over the course of his career.
Vincent was dedicated to causes that support children. He was a long-standing sponsor of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where, over the years, Vincent organized fundraising activities, visited research facilities, and was deeply touched by the dedication of the St. Jude’s team and the families receiving care. Vincent always wore with pride a medal of St. Jude, his patron saint.
Vincent was a big supporter of children’s sports. An avid runner, he enjoyed working with children and stressing the importance of exercise and having fun on the field. Vincent was the consummate Soccer Dad and was also involved in Project Goal, South County Youth Soccer Club, and Liga de Softball.
Known for his quick wit and charm, Vincent was happiest when he was surrounded by family and friends - passionately discussing current events, the financial markets and all the achievements of his children and grandchildren. An excellent cook, Vincent loved to bring family and friends together through his delicious meals, especially his famous pizza.
In addition to his beloved wife Diane and his mother Antonetta, Vincent is survived by his three children, Vincent DeCesare, Alexandra DeCesare and Jayma Coghlin and her husband John; his sister, Michele Serrecchia and her husband Raymond; two granddaughters, Marisa and Juliana Coghlin; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Jacqueline Lombardi.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Ann's Church, 280 Hawkins Street, Providence, Rhode Island. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.