WATERFORD Vincent J. Bondi beloved and devoted husband and father entered into eternal life on Christmas Day 2012 leaving behind scores of family and friends on earth. He was 87.
Vince spent most of his life in the Capital Region. He was born in the Albia section of Troy on Aug. 22, 1925, the youngest child of Joseph Bondi and Anna Gatto Bondi. He graduated Catholic Central High School in 1943 and enlisted in the United State Navy. He served as the radio operator aboard LSM 122, a landing ship for tanks active in the Pacific Theatre. He was discharged in May 1946 and studied at Siena College.
He spent his professional life at various businesses driving trucks for George B. Lee, a Collar City beer distributorship where he met his wife Leota in 1953 and settled in Waterford the next year. They were married October 16, 1954 and celebrated their 58th anniversary earlier this year in their Waterford home with family and friends. They raised two daughters there and both became Registered Nurses and cared for their father from the onset of his illness until his final moments. Vince was a simple man who worked hard and took pleasure in his family and in the fortunes of his favorite football and baseball teams the Yankees and the Giants. He didn’t get to the new Yankee Stadium but enjoyed watching the Giants practice at SUNY Albany. He managed the Zibro Tire Store in Glens Falls and Troy and then worked at William N. VanAlstine and Sons from which he retired in 1985. He kept busy through his golden years with the occasional round of golf, the occasional trip to Foxwood and by working part-time for Price Chopper. The grocery chain didn’t employ him as an official greeter but he self-assigned.
No one will remember him to have ever uttered a word of complaint, not during a predawn shift to help fund his siblings’ education, not when one of his teenage daughters called for a ride after having a bit too much fun and not when he spent a Friday night out taking tickets at a CCHS basketball game as an active member of its Booster Club. He thoroughly enjoyed watching his grandchildren playing softball and soccer.
Vince was predeceased by his parents, as well as a brother and sister Rita Bondi Vielkind and the Rev. Paul J. Bondi.
He is survived by his wife Leota M. Staples Bondi as well as two daughters Mary Ann B. Fox (Les) of Latham and Theresa C. Lenihan (Kim) of Mechanicville. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren Michelle N. Fox Cohoes and Michael V. Fox of Latham and Anna A. Lenihan of Mechanicville as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Friday at 8:30 a.m. from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte. 32), Waterford and at 9 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church , Waterford where Vince was a longtime communicant. Burial will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemtery.
Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 PM
Those who wish may make contributions to American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home or to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.
Special thanks are extended to Community Hospice and Dr. Weissman for their compassion and care.