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Vincent Wade

Obituary of Vincent A. Wade

Vincent A. Wade was always optimistic, upbeat and could strike up a conversation and leave a smile on the face with just about anyone. He was an excellent conversationalist who quickly put others at ease by sharing stories and telling jokes. Whenever Vince was around laughter was sure to be heard. Vincent was born in Nanticoke, PA in 1932 to his parents, Vincent and Casmira Wadzinski. He was the oldest of three, sharing his childhood days with his brother G. Michael and sister Ann. Around the time Vince (nicknamed Sonny) was 10 years old, he and his family relocated to Buffalo, New York. Vince’s lifelong love for dogs began when he brought home a stray he named Queenie. He used to tell how Queenie would follow him to school every day and wait for him on the sidewalk to walk him home. At 17 years old, with his mother’s permission, Vince enlisted in the United States Navy in 1950. He remained there until his discharge in 1953, and ended up following his navy friends to Michigan State University for college under the G.I. Bill. He earned his bachelor's degree in 3 years. His degree in business helped him achieve a lifelong career as a financial and credit manager with Remington Rand, Wayne Feeds, which was subsequently bought out by Continental Grain, and Pratt & Lambert. While home from college, he attended a church picnic, where he met the love of his life, Rose Grandits. The rest, as they say, is history. Together, they spent 63 wonderful years of marriage and welcomed three beautiful daughters into the world: Suzanne in 1962, Sharon in 1966 and Sandra in 1970. As a family they enjoyed annual spring vacations to the Coast of Florida, camping and fishing in the Adirondack Mountains and the Thousand Islands. In 1979, they started a 30 year tradition of renting a waterfront cottage for a couple of weeks every summer at Point Breeze on the shores of Lake Erie in Angola, NY. It was there they generously hosted friends and family and made many memories for their grandchildren. Their family expanded to include 12 grandchildren who also got a chance to visit them at their winter home in Haines City Florida. They currently are the proud great-grandparents of four. Vince stayed in touch with his brother Gerry (Lee) and sister Ann through the years, visiting each other. Vince was beloved by his own family, Rose’s family and especially by all the canine members of the family. When Vincent was not busy providing for his family and traveling for work, he could often be found meticulously maintaining his home and yard. He was a decades-long wine-maker, and an active outdoor enthusiast, developing a love for the outdoors. Even as recently as this past year, he could be found participating weekly in his golf League at Elma Meadows. He generously volunteered his time to the Walleye Association of WNY during their annual tournament, was in charge of recruiting membership for the Senior Golf League at Elma Meadows. He was an active and well-loved member of their retirement community in Florida where he taught weekly Tai-chi classes to the residents and golfed weekly with his friends. Vince was very dedicated to the people in his life, helping his daughters out by caring for and transporting his many grandchildren to wherever they needed to go. Vince and Rose had several groups of friends with whom they enjoyed progressive holiday dinners, getaway weekends and family vacations. Vince lived a life of laughs and was full of love. He could always light up a room. He was blessed with a great marriage, a wonderful family, and in the words of his cardiologist, (a story he loved to tell), he “had a good run.” And while the world is much less bright in his absence, he leaves behind love and adoration that will remain in his family’s hearts forever. Wade, Vincent A. peacefully passed January 6th, 2021. Born in Nanticoke, PA in 1932, resident of West Seneca and Haines City, FL. Beloved husband of Rose H. (nee Grandits) Wade; devoted father to Suzanne Murphy, Sharon (Robert) Crossen, and Sandra (Anthony) DeSimone; cherished grandfather to Christopher (Kate), Sarah (Steve Funderburk), Evan, Hannah, Stephen and Theresa Murphy, Daniel (Beth), Erin (Sam Brown) and Jennifer Crossen, and Chynna, Anthony and Gabriella DeSimone; great-grandfather of Rose and J.D. Murphy, and Claire Funderburk; dear brother of G. Michael (Lee) Wade, and Ann Herring; also survived by loving nieces, nephews and friends. Vincent was a dedicated veteran of the U.S. Navy, a graduate of Michigan State University and a retired finance manager of Continental Grain Company. Friends and family may visit Sun. January 9th from 1-4PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1340 Union Road, West Seneca, NY 14224. A Mass of Christian Burial for Vincent will be held Mon. January 10th at 10:15AM at Queen of Heaven Parish, 4220 Seneca Street, West Seneca, NY 14224. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo. For online condolences, donations, or flowers, please visit
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Visiting Hours

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home - West Seneca, NY
1340 Union Road
West Seneca, New York, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

10:15 am
Monday, January 10, 2022
Queen of Heaven Church
4220 Seneca St.
West Seneca, New York, United States