Obituary of Vincent W. Bakos
Vincent was born in Buffalo, NY, where he graduated from Canisius high school. He went on to study chemistry at the University of Long Island and eventually landed a career as a chemist for Kodak in Rochester, NY. Vincent was an extremely intelligent person who showed early signs of advanced intellect as a young man. He was a huge history buff and did a lot of reading; having well researched opinions was important to him. Going to museums was always a pleasure for Vincent, as well as World War II planes and train model making. His oldest partner-in-crime was his friend John, that shared 52 years of close friendship with Vincent. His family and friends would describe him as a precocious young man who blossomed with a witty, sarcastic, “type-A” personality. He enjoyed lighting up a room, playing jokes and getting a rise out of people. It was important to him, most of all, to be a giving person and always help others. In 1979, Vincent lost his dear father to lung cancer. This event was an eye opener for many family members to quit smoking cigarettes. One of Vincent’s biggest accomplishments was remaining clean and sober for 37 years; he was active in Alcoholics Anonymous and found healing in supporting others on their journeys. Vincent would often find himself at Tim Hortons daily, sometimes several times a day. This would come to be the place he went on his first date with his now wife, Cindy. His stepdaughter Rachel has fond memories of early bonding with Vincent, catching small frogs in the yard. He loved animals, especially the cats and dogs that grew beside him in life. Hockey brought him much enjoyment as he was a fan of the Sabres and Blackhawks, and often took his family to many Rochester American’s games. Vincent loved eating his mother’s cooking, but especially indulged in seafood; every one of his Birthdays, it was tradition to eat lobster tails. Any other day of the week he liked olive loaf cold cuts, club soda and black licorice; not to mention candy corn and pumpkins during Halloween. Vincent was a big fan of Marvel comics and all the movies that sprung from them. The most important hobby of Vincent’s was his music. He loved rock music, English-progressive rock and attending numerous concerts. His vinyl collection filled rooms while the stylus needle filled the air with artists like The Dave Clark Five, Camel, The Who and so much more. Vincent’s vibrant personality will be missed, though his memory will live on with every spin of a record. Bakos, Vincent W. July 21, 2020 of Rochester, NY (formerly of Buffalo, NY). Beloved husband of Cindy (nee Santucci) Bakos; devoted son of Jacquelyn (nee Klay) and late Royce Bakos; dear friend of John Buono; also survived by many loving friends and family. Private services at the request of the family. Arrangements by LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 716-627-2919. Please leave online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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