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Dec 9, 2008 5:47 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Observations about the late Vincent Cannuscio

Dec 9, 2008 5:47 PM

Family members, friends and former coworkers shared their thoughts and personal experiences with the late Vincent Cannuscio, who died on Saturday.

“The career he loved the most was being supervisor of Southampton Town, and he loved it for the right reasons,” said Aubrey Cannuscio, one of Mr. Cannuscio’s sons.

“He was a very dynamic and wonderful man,” said Southampton Town Trustee Fred Havemeyer. “He will be deeply missed.”

“He lived for his family and he loved Southampton Town,” said Jim Drew, Mr. Cannuscio’s former deputy supervisor and close friend. “He probably worked 60 to 70 hours a week as town supervisor.”

“For Dad, going to the post office or King Kullen or Town Hall was not only about completing a task, it was about connecting with the community,” said his youngest son, Thomas Cannuscio.

“He would always say, ‘Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,’” said Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot. ‘We grew strong together.”

“Vince always brought the best out in everybody,” said Town Services Administrator Richard Blowes. “He was the best supervisor I have ever served under.”

“He loved everybody,” said former Southampton Town Deputy Clerk Noreen McCulley. “He was a very hands-on supervisor.”

“I think my father’s greatness was built on daily actions of goodness,” said his daughter, Carolyn Rader.

“He was a man who cared more about his family and friends than he cared about himself,” said his oldest son, Michael Cannuscio.

“Vince was our biggest supporter,” said Hampton Bays Beautification Association President Susan VonFreddi. “He helped rejuvenate the Hampton Bays Beautification Association.”

“We were greatly blessed to have him as part of government in the Town of Southampton,” said Father William Gill of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church.

“He was really bigger than life,” said former Hampton Bays Beautification Association President Maud Kramer.

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My cousin Vinny was a wonderful individual. Three years ago when I was ill, I received a beautiful bouquet of pink roses followed up by a kind phone call from him. He also wrote me a beautiful note which I will cherish forever. Our family was all so proud of his accomplishments, and he will never be forgotten. See you heaven dear Vinny, I know you are in good company with Your Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Franky, Aunt Julie, Uncle George, Cousin Sally and Uncle Frank. I know I will see you ...more
By Cousin Ro (3), Ozone Park on Jan 27, 09 2:16 PM