In Memory Of Vic Versace

Victor S. Versace

1945-2020

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Victor S. Versace was born to Victor Joseph & Anna T [Fee] Versace on Friday, September 28, 1945, in Mount Vernon, New York.  He was the oldest of three children, Norma [Spano] deceased and Robert Philip Versace.

He can trace my Irish roots to his mother Anna Theresa Fee of Sessiagh, Belnaleck Enniskillen,

Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.  Her father was Philip Fee and her Mother was Sarah McManus.  Anna was one of six siblings.  Anna at the age of 16 [sixteen] left Northern Ireland to come to America as a maid.  She settled in the north Bronx and lived with her aunt.  She spent a lot of her time in Mount Vernon, NY and met a suave Italian man Victor Joseph Versace after a brief courtship they wed.  As Victor’s father’s family is of Italian decent they spoke Italian fluently at home, Anna learned to speak Italian to talk with her in-laws.

Vic went to elementary and high schools in Mt. Vernon.  At the age of 12 he decided to learn the trade of a meat cutter.  He worked in the meat market after school and on the weekends.  After graduation he went to work for Fedco Foods in the Bronx, NY as a meat cutter.

While in high school he joined the US Naval Reserves.  He went on active duty in January 1965, he reported to the destroyer USS Ingraham DD 694 where he became a Commissary man 3rd class.  He learned to cook and continue his trade as a butcher.  His ship served as part of the Pacific fleet and operated in the South China Sea and up the Mekong delta of Viet Nam.  His general quarter’s station was as a pointer in a five inch gun mount #51.  After a seven month deployment the ship returned to Newport, Rhode Island.  He was transferred to the USS Hartley DE 1029 and continued as cook.  He was released from active duty in January 1967.

When he returned from service he went back to being a meat cutter in the Big Apple supermarket in Yonkers, NY.  Vic met his future wife Christine Sanchez a meat wrapper while working there.  Sixteen months later they were married on Sept. 7, 1968.  The union produced four sons, Victor John, {Laura}, Anthony Rocco, {Heather}, Christopher Robert {Debra} and Michael Patrick {Donna}.  All four sons have given Vic and Chris 5 grandchildren Vic Jr., Skylar, Michael Jr. Joey Rocco and Kira.

Due to an injury he became a truck driver for Luiso Gray Hound van lines for three years.

He decided on a career change again and took the test to become a Fire Fighter for City of Mt. Vernon.  On January 7, 1970 he was sworn in as a probationary Fire Fighter.  Vic became an engine company driver and a driver and tillerman of a ladder company.  He spent six years as a driver of a heavy rescue company.  Vic was then asked to be a Fire Chief’s Aide to Deputy Chief Ed Dunn.  He held that job and became a fire Investigator till an auto accident while responding to a false alarm caused his retirement due to injuries, after almost 21 years on the job.

Vic is a member of the American Legion for 50 years and the VFW for 46 years.  Where he served as Post Commander for two terms.

Vic is a 34-year member of the Continental Village Vol. FD and has held all firematic and corporate officer positions of the department.

Vic became a Free Mason in 1990 by joining Fraternity Dunderberg lodge #942 of Peekskill, NY.

He held all officer positions of the lodge attaining the title of Worshipful Master

{Worthy President} in 1995.  In 1996-98 he held the title of Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master for the First Westchester Putnam District {state area director}.

Vic belonged to seven other Masonic groups, holding the highest leadership position in all groups.  Vic was asked to run for the position of a Grand Line officer for the Cryptic Masons of New York State.

Vic was elected the Grand Line and after eight years attained the title of Most Illustrious Grand Master of Cryptic Masons of New York State in 2006-2007.  He was elected to the position of Grand Recorder [Sec’y] in 2012-2014.  He retired from that office and was elected to the office of Grand Trustee in 2015 for a three-year term.

In 2005 Vic asked his neighbor Kevin Barton about the AOH and what they did.  Vic asked for an application to join the Peekskill Division, so he could relax, attend meetings and finally sit back and have a good time.  That lasted for about two years as he was elected Financial Secretary for the next 5 years.  He gave up that job as he was asked to be Vice President…just in case the President couldn’t make the meeting.  When the President resigned from office Vic moved up and stayed as President for the next year and a half.  He acted as the Ritual Committee head to help all officers in the opening and closing ritual of the Division and for the last 4 years he has been Division Treasurer.

Vic2One of Vic’s proudest moments was when his son Christopher followed in his footsteps and became a career Fire Fighter for the City of Peekskill.  Christopher then joined Peekskill Division #18 AOH.  Christopher then joined the Westchester Co. Emerald Society Pipe Band color guard…where the sound of the bagpipes aroused his interest.  He is now a piper in the band and can finally march in step!

He was bestowed the honor of Hibernian of the Year in 2015.

Vic was a great asset to our Division as an Officer and most of all a very dear friend. He will be sorely missed.

May He Rest in Peace

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