Vincent A. Nuzzolese, born on July 1, 1928 passed away in his 76th year, surrounded by his family, on Friday, October 22. Loving husband of his late wife Rachel Florence Nuzzolese and survived by his two brothers, Frank and Paul, three sons and daughter, Vincent, Gus, Michael, and Rae Anne and 11 grandchildren. In 1925, Vincent aka "Big Jim" along with both brothers assumed responsibility of the Port Washington Ice Company, known today as Nuzzolese Brothers Ice Corp. The company, originally started by their father Constantino Nuzzolese remains the largest ice company on Long Island and is currently owned by Vincent's sons Vincent and Michael Nuzzolese.
An avid sports enthusiast, Vincent played baseball and was a member of the LI Championship Basketball team during his high school years at Schreiber HS. He was a die-hard 49er fan and a fanatical fan of the Yankees and Joe DiMaggio. As a philanthropist, he was president of the Lions Club, volunteered for the Sons of Italy and Chaminade's Parent Club.
As a businessman, Vincent was well known for delivering thousands of bags of ice, but he also delivered "values that will never melt" He delivered generosity and honesty to his customers. He delivered humor and entertainment to his employees, many times advising the workers, "Hey buddy, you're getting an education of a lifetime here at PIU (Port Ice University). As a friend and neighbor, Vincent delivered magical enthusiasm, funny optimism, deep sincerity, contagious humor, relentless encouragement and his unique love that left a mark on every life he touched.
He loved life, but mostly he loved his wife known to most as "Rae Babe" (his license plate bore her name) and his family. He had a passionate love for his family and delivered relentless attention and support to his children. Both Vince and Rae Babe saw it as an adventure raising four children, adding unconditional love, old-fashioned discipline, hard work, relentless humor, noisy Italian conversations and lots of baked ziti.
His love for life and passion for people was crystal clear like the ice, Nuzz Ice. Through many years of diabetes and dialysis, he remained strong. The life he lived will be cherished by everyone because "Our Dad delivered....a Wonderful Life!" May he find continued happiness as we deliver him to Rae Babe in Heaven. Amen.