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Dec 11, 2008 10:26 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

RIP, Vince

Dec 11, 2008 10:26 AM

Vince Cannuscio, who lost a battle with cancer this weekend at age 66, made an indelible mark on Southampton Town—supporters and critics alike will agree on that point. A man’s demise is not the time to focus on political and philosophical differences: Better, now, to focus on the giant personality and to consider the even larger footprint he left behind.

Over three terms as town supervisor, until he stepped down in 2001, Mr. Cannuscio ran the town with passion and commitment. He benefitted from the Republican Party’s stronghold on local government, but he also strengthened it. He loved his job, and many of his constituents felt the same way about him.

In this space over the years, Vince Cannuscio took his share of licks, and he had a thick enough skin to take them with good humor. Now is a time to set aside any differences and mourn the loss of a good family man and a hard-working public servant. Such a man comes along only rarely.

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