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“I was on vacation last week and arrived back this morning. I didn't even have a chance to honor you Vince. We both started at Fisher Body on the...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Paul Lia - Macomb, MI - Coworker

“Vince you left this earth and all those that loved you with an everlasting indelible mark that can never be erased from our minds and hearts. As...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Rick Toppin - Troy, MI

“To a friend and co-worker that was an absolute joy to work with. I am sorry to be out of town at this time of sorrow. I will always have many good...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Jerry Bear Podgorniak - Warren, MI

“Such a kind hearted, sweet man. A true gentleman and a wonderful friend and neighbor to my parents. You will be greatly missed by all. Rest Well,...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Beth Arnold - Shelby Township, MI

“Dad, thank you for giving us a wonderful home as children and for building your life around all of us, especially the grandchildren and always...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Brian Pizzimenti - Rockville, MD

“You were the kindest, most generous, loving person in my life. I was truly blessed and proud to call you Dad. We will miss you terribly but you will...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Julia Modlinski - Romeo, MI


Vincent John Pizzimenti, age 76, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at his home in Warren surrounded by his loving family. Vincent was born July 15, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late Carlo Pizzimenti and the late Anna (nee: Medvisen) Pizzimenti.

A proud graduate of St. Martin's High School, Vince poured himself into the high school experience, especially in the sporting arena where he managed to make quite a name for himself as a star on both the football AND basketball teams. Taking away many trophies and accolades for his efforts and accomplishments, these rewards couldn't hold a candle to the most important part of his experiences at school,…the relationship he built and shared with his high school sweetheart, Sharon Cronenworth. These two lovebirds had grown so deeply in love with each other that they decided to join in marriage right out of high school in 1958. Together they welcomed four beautiful children into the world; Carl, Brian, William and Julia. Vince raised his family in Detroit and in 1983 moved to Warren, where he was also a devout member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. Throughout their childhood years, Vince coached basketball at St. David's Church, and also served as a Cub Scout leader where he was proud to see all three of his boys participate. Vince & Sharon enjoyed 36 wonderful years together until Sharon's battle with cancer came to an end; she passed away in 1994.

Not long after Sharon's death, God shone down on Vince once again,…this time through the gift of a wonderful woman by the name of Cheryl Riddell. It was a friendship that grew to love, and ultimately to the throes of marriage, a ceremony they shared together in 1995. With that relationship and bond came another 2 children for Vince to love, Amy and Andy,…which brought the total to 6 incredible children, with spouses in tow as well. And with all those children to count on, Vince was a blessed man to enjoy 21 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren before headin' to Heaven. Another special blessing that accompanied his marriage to Cheryl was the many wonderful friends he made from within the Dearborn community. From the many meals, trips and events they enjoyed together, he leaves to cherish his memory; Rick & Judy Polcyn, Bill & Judi Kinard, Ron & Rose Wiggle, Pat Ozybko, Pat Maslowski, and Kay Loughran.

Vince's early years of employment were spent at Chrysler where he learned many of the important aspects of the automotive industry and gave the best of his hard work ethics in serving the company with pride. It was in the early 80's that a huge change would come, and it was then that Vince decided to switch from Chrysler to General Motors where he went to work at their GM Tech Center as a Metal Model Maker. At both Chrysler and General Motors, Vince was honored to be part of the automotive union in which he made many wonderful friends whose friendships lasted throughout his life. It was a bond that he held quite dear over the years. And not merely a union member, Vince was an important cog in the union's planning machine and was an integral part of organizing and coordinating countless meetings, Christmas parties, softball teams,…and the annual "famous" Super Bowl parties he was noted to host. From extending the utmost in service excellence to both automotive giants,…to his unquestioned loyalty to his union brothers, it was with much pride and a feeling of accomplishment that Vince accepted his well-deserved retirement in 2006.

Yet even though he was retired, that certainly didn't mean he was inactive. Vince was the kind of guy who was always thinking of others, and could now do some of the things that really mattered. For Vince, that translated into helping out with Meals on Wheels, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, and the Warren Women's Shelter, all three of which were regular outreaches to his community that he loved and cared for with a passion. Retirement also afforded Vince the times he enjoyed driving his Cadillacs,…and cruisin' on over to a friend's house to just hang out. Remaining close to his union ties was something Vince deemed very important as well. He may have been out of work, but he certainly wasn't out of touch with the work and efforts of the union he supported so deeply. And though many pay little or no attention to their school class reunions, this was another area in which Vince was extremely passionate. Those reunions, with many of the friendships and people who helped mold the person he had become, were always a pinnacle date on Vince's calendar.

Yet of all the joys and pleasures that retirement wrought, nothing came close to the matchless love & blessings of his beloved Cheryl and his treasured family,…especially his precious cherubs, the grandchildren. To them, he was known simply as "Papa"…and in his eyes, they could do no wrong. Papa adored his grandchildren and they were truly the light of his life. So many memories were made between them, and many of them were enjoyed right in Papa's backyard. Vince made sure it was a place they would not soon forget, with highlights such as the many lawn games on hand, the infamous Slip'N'Slide, and the little playhouse the adorned the yard. And just like the Vegas motto,…What happens at Papa's stays at Papa's! Vince was also quite the "attentive" Papa as well. From hiking the kids to & from school to attending many of their games, track meets, recitals and concerts, there was definitely no mistaking Vince's unconditional love for them all.

As for Vince's family in general, a pretty important emanation of his love came to pass each time the BBQ grill made an appearance. That meant something good was about to be eaten, and Vince never did anything small when it came to food,…there was always more than enough to satisfy ones taste buds. If you left hungry from Papa's Place, you

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