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Obituary: Brian Joseph Vincent

Brian Joseph Vincent of Greenport died Friday, March 16 at Eastern Long Island Hospital. He was 92 years of age.

He was born to Catherine (Manning) and Bernard J. Vincent on March 15, 1920 in Fordham, NY. He graduated from Manhasset High School in 1937 and The NY State Merchant Marine Academy in 1940. He sailed to South America before training as an aviator in the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific. After serving as a US Naval Aviator in the Pacific during WWII he worked for the Federal Aviation Adminstration as Chief of Flight Standards Division after flying with American Overseas Airlines.

He married Pamela (Wakem) in 1950. They lived in Westbury and Springfield, VA for 10 years, and Plandome for 35 years where Brian served as mayor for 12 years and as a volunteer firefighter for 28 years. After retirement they moved to Peconic Landing in Greenport, where they have lived for the last 10 years.

He worked tirelessly for others, including the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the Economic Opportunity Council of Manhasset and Great Neck, and the Manhasset Community Fund.

Mr. Vincent is survived by his wife and four children, Cathleen (Edward) Matthews of Port Washington, NY, Brian Jr. (Diana) of Hampstead, NC, Ellen (Edward) Murray of The Woodands, Texas and John (Sarah) of NYC, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and his siblings Robert, Joseph, Mary (Schuster) and Gerard. He was predeceased by his brother Kieran who was killed on Iwo Jima during WWII and his sister Catherine Kobell.

The family received friends at the Horton-Mathie Funeral Home, Sunday, March 18. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Agnes RC Church in Greenport with interment at St. Agnes Cemetery.

Those wishing to honor Brian’s memory may contribute to the Eastern Long Island Hospital, 201 Manor Place, Greenport, NY 11944 or Half the Sky Foundation, 715 Hearst Avenue, Suite 200, Berkeley, CA 94710.