Vincent A. Carcione, Sr. (1922-2023)

Vincent Amedeo Carcione was the youngest of 11 children born to Italian immigrant parents Philip, a shoemaker, and Maria, a homemaker, on July 17, 1922.  He was born in Swampscott, MA but shortly after the family moved to Medford, where he grew up. 
“Vinny” attended Medford High School where he played football and was in the drama club.  When he was a senior, he played the Tin Man in his high school production of the Wizard of Oz, which was the very first performance held in the Chevalier Auditorium when it opened in 1940.  After WW2 broke out, Vinny enlisted in the Navy Air Force under the V-5 program which allowed high school graduates to enlist and become pilots.  He also served in  the regular Navy, Merchant Marines and Coast Guard.  After discharge from the military, he fell back on his performing skills and became an entertainer, specializing in comedy, singing, harmonica and as a Master of Ceremonies.  He changed his name to Vincent Allen Carr and was known as Vin Carr, Gentleman of Comedy.  He performed around New England, eventually spending 2 years in Canada before returning home to settle into a career as an insurance claims investigator.  He changed his name back to Carcione once he had his own family.  Vinny worked in insurance for over 30 years, but never lost his love of entertaining and even had a brief resurgence as a stand-up comic after he retired, performing at clubs in the Boston area.  He also worked part-time  for Fleet Bank, and as a videographer for the Everett High School Athletic Department.  He was a member of the American Legion, Post 45 Medford, MA and the DAV Post Chapter 51, Everett, MA
Vinny was known for his outgoing personality, always quick with a joke or a song, and he loved to make people laugh.  He was a beloved father, uncle, brother-in-law and resident of Christopher Heights of Belchertown, where he had many, many friends among both residents and staff.  He passed away on April 24, 2023, age 100.  He leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy E. and Mark S. Huntington, son V. Allen Carcione, Jr., grand daughter Teagan Carcione and wife Barbara A. (Kerrigan) Carcione.  His last wish was for people to “Be Happy. Tell jokes.”
Services will be scheduled for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.


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  1. Barbara Britten on May 1, 2023 at 8:01 am

    That’s beautiful, Nancy. He came into my life when I was baptized. He is my godfather, and he never let me forget it. Signed his cards Godfather. I love him.

  2. Maryanne Potrzuski Carcione on May 1, 2023 at 8:09 am

    My deepest condolences to you Nancy and Allen at the loss of your father. Uncle Vincent you were the last of your generation to leave us and I will miss you so much….RIP

  3. Cheryl VanBobo Tanguay on May 2, 2023 at 5:19 am

    Lovely obituary for your Dad, Nancy,
    Like Barbara, I ,too , was Uncle Vincent’s Godchild. He was always a gentle spirit, spreading his good humor generously around every gathering and making each of us feel special.
    If you knew Uncle Vincent you loved him: I certainly did!

  4. Patrick Robert Johnston on May 2, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    Our heartfelt condolences …
    Claire ( Hill ) & Pat Johnston ❤️

  5. Linda Fahey on July 2, 2023 at 10:22 am

    Vinny was my moms downstairs neighbor for many years on Shute St in Everett. I got to know him as I was there several times a week. My mom and I both loved Vinny. My favorite thing was heading down the back stairs to do laundry and seeing Vinny’s door open. I knew that meant I was in for some interesting, insightful and fun conversations to pass the time. He always checked in on my mom to make sure she was doing ok and when she passed in 2018 he was at her wake to comfort our family and bring some much needed comedy relief. Vinny was a very special man I think of and remember often. Thanks Vinny for being a great neighbor to my mom and bringing a smile to her face and making her laugh. I know she was thrilled to see you when you walked through those pearly gates.

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