Vincent
Vince passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 26, 2009 at his home in Manhattan Beach. Vince has always been the loving and devoted husband of Terrill and father of daughters Krista and Jamie. His family and friends grieve together over the loss of an honest and true father, husband, friend and colleague. Vince will be missed for his quick wit, his warmth of spirit and his compassion for those around him. Vince will be missed by so many people and for so many years to come. Due to the size of the venue at Rice Mortuary, memorial services for Boeing work colleagues and friends will be held on Wednesday, August 5th. Information on the memorial and reception are forthcoming and will be available at: lafuneral.com/_mgxroot/page_10721.php?id=692711. We encourage you to leave a message in the online guest book. Private services for family and close friends will be held on Friday July 31st at 1:00 PM, with the reception immediately following at Rice Mortuary located at 5310 Torrance Blvd in Torrance, California, 310-792-7599. Information can be found at: lafuneral.com/_mgxroot/page_10721.php?id=692711. In the spirit of his compassion, Terrill, Krista and Jamie request that in lieu of flowers, contributions are made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Alzheimer's Association; two organizations that are working to eradicate diseases that have affected close friends and their families. Multiple Sclerosis Society Alzheimer's Association

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  1. Terrill, my deepest sympathy to you and yor family. Vince was a great man and will be incredibly missed. His calming influence and his booming laugh will always be remembered.

  2. My thoughts are with you. Vince was a good man. He had a great, honest laugh, didn’t hold people in judgment, and was always a joy to be with, whether at work or in real life.

  3. So sorry to hear about Vince. What a great warm- hearted cheerful relaxed dad he was. Our deepest sympathy.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear the news. Vince was one of my favorite mentors. He helped shape the engineer I am today. I have always strived to follow his example of kind, patient, intelligent, problem-solving leadership. He will be greatly missed by many people.

  5. One of the nicest people I have ever met. Vince will always be remembered for his kindness, his humor, his unforgettable fantasy football newsletters, and the easy going manner he always displayed at work and at play. He was just a pleasure to be around and someone I always looked forward to seeing. Thanks for all the wonderful memories, the laughs, and the smiles you brought to those who were lucky enough to know you!

  6. Words can’t begin to tell you that my sincere condolences to you and the girls. Terrill, you are like a sister to me and my heart and prayers will remain with you in this time of sorrow.

  7. I thank the Lord for the opportunity I had six years ago when Vince became a part of my life. Over that period, we shared many laughs and wonderful experiences on a daily basis, that I will always treasure. I have two grown children the same ages as Krista and Jamie and I got to to see first hand how proud he was of both his daughters. I was able to share many laughs with poker nights, Lakers trials and celebration, bike rides and fantasy football ups and downs. Vince was a giant in the aerospace industry and taught me so much over the period we shared on TSAT. My prayers go out to you Terrell and the family that Christ fill you all with his Holy Spirit and surround you with healing and abundant love to help through this difficult time.

  8. Words cannot express the shock of losing such a wonderful man and co-worker as Vince. My heartfelt sympathies go out his family.

  9. I would like to offer my deepest sypathies to Vince’s wife, daughters and extended family, on his tragic and sudden death. I have known Vince for the past 9 year and have worked with him on several programs at Boeing. He was one of the coolest, nicest and easy going guy to work with. He loved his family intensely and was really proud of his daughters. I will cerainly miss a great friend with such a cool and collective personality. I pray that his soul rest in peace. Azam Arastu Boeing

  10. My heart goes out to Terill, Jamie, and Krista. I am so sad, as Vince and I go back to his first days at Hughes, dynamics, softball, and later sharing time as parents in soccer. Vince was just the straightest, warmest, funniest person, who made you feel comfortable, no matter what. I will miss him but his spirit will remain in my mind always as my role model of how to be a good human being.

  11. Vince was a truly wonderful person. His warm and friendly nature made him a great mentor and leader. He was always willing to stop and explain things. He will be deeply missed.

  12. Vince was a remarkable engineer and a wonderful man. As I talk to co-workers about his death, I find it absolutely amazing how many knew him and considered him to be a close friend. It is not easy to be a close friend to 4000 people, but Vince did it. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

  13. Terrill, Krista, and Jaimie. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know words cannot describe the joy, capture the memories, or articulate the way Vince made people around him feel. He was indead a very special man. I am honored to have the opportunity to learn from him and spend time with him. That is a gift that rarely comes along in this life. My deepest sympathies, visions of peace, and warm compassion go out to your family.

  14. Dear Family of our friend and colleague Vince, I cannot imagine your shock and grief. May you be comforted amongst all other mourners, and may you find solace in our dear friend Vince’s selfless acts of goodness and kindness, which has made our World better because of him.

  15. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Vince on two programs spanning from 1994 to 2009. There were two reasons everyone enjoyed working with Vince. First, you respected his technical expertise and knew he could solve any problem and second, he treated you like a close friend. He always made me feel comfortable, whether I was coming to ask him to do something for me or if I was asking him to explaing something to me again because I (still) didn’t understand. I will greatly miss not being able to work with such a wonderful colleague but will try to practice the respected traits for which I will always remember Vince.

  16. I am so sorry for your loss. Vince was a wonderful person. We worked together at Hughes Space and Comm until I retired in 1999. I will always remember him. God bless.

  17. In the years to come there will be a few stories told around the campfire, about our dear friend, Vince Cascia; all of them spoken with pride and a bit of awe for having known him…

  18. The sadnees in my heart cannot be described. Vince was one of my most favorite people in the world. I feel blessed to have known him. I admired him and I respected him like no other. He was always a gentleman and a humble but knowing scholar. I had the pleasure of knowing him as my boss and as my friend too. I will miss seeing him at Richmond’s on Fridays meeting for lunch once in awhile to chat and smile at the cheap entertainment provided by a bunch of engineers harassing one another, debating sports, and enjoying a frozen mug of Coors Light together. Vince has cleared the path for the rest of us. I know that he is smiling now looking down on us from the Heavens above with open arms to embrace us all when we arrive. With warmest regards, John

  19. Vince is going to be missed by his family and friends and colleagues. I always enjoyed working with Vince and learned a great deal from him.

  20. I was so sad to hear of the loss of our friend and colleague. I always enjoyed working with Vince and learned a lot from him. He loved his family very much and enjoyed sharing stories about them. Vince is going to be missed at home and at work.

  21. Vince, I will miss you. In the short number of years I had the great pleasure to know you, you have been a good coach and mentor at work, a model for a father finding his way with young kids, and a friend. I will miss your genuine smiles and laughs, the sound advice, and the awesome but humble leadership.

  22. A sad time for all those knew Vince Cascia my condolences go out to family and loved ones. One bright light has gone out but the beacons he lit has created a brighter and more enlightened road ahead. Thanks Vince.

  23. My thoughts and prayers are with the Cascia family. Vince was one of the true good guys that I had the privilege of being around in my career. I am a better man for having shared time with him.

  24. I had the priviledge to receive the gift of Vince during his path as an incredibly talented engineer and scientist. Right now I am remembering God qualities reflected as and through Vince….qualities such as Intelligence, Expanding Awareness, Compassion, Generosity, Joy, and Love. My condolences to Vince’s Family and all his friends in this time of his transition.

  25. My deepest sympathies go out to Vince’s family. I was so saddened to hear about his passing. I had the honor of working with him on the TSAT program, and he was one of the most gracious, humble and kind men I have ever known. He always had a smile and a kind word. I pray that God will pour out His goodness to you and bring you immense comfort in your sorrow. We have lost a great friend far too soon.

  26. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Vince’s family and loved ones. He will be greatly missed by all of us at Boeing who have worked with him over the years

  27. How sorry I am to have learned of Vince’s passing. He was a fine engineer, colleague and friend. I will always remember him as a mentor, and as someone who I could count on for sound advice. His clever mind for working tough engineering problems to solution was always accompanied with a friendly smile and a jolly laugh. He will always be remembered as a dedicated scientist and family man. My thoughts and prayers go to his wife and daughters in this time of sorrow. To have known such a fine person is a privilege.

  28. TO THE CASCIA FAMILY My brother,Terry Denardo considered your husband a true friend. His wife, Caroline informed me of the sudden death today. Friends are hard to come by and sometimes we only have a few. Know that you and your family are in our prayers. May God grant you peace and healing. Our hearts are with you. Darla D. Lash and family

  29. I too worked with Vince and loved his warm heart, patience and wonder smile every time he walked into the Data Center. He will truly be missed. My prayers are with the Cascia family at this difficult time.

  30. Terrill, Krista and Jamie Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Vince. We are so grateful to know you and to have spent times together way back from Westchester days. Vince was always there for Kirby, with fatherly advice and tutoring as if she were one of his own. Dil and I will remember his great smile, wit and his love for his family and the shared passion for fast cars. We will miss the wave that we always knew that we would get as we drove by. All our love Dilip, Stephanie, Natalie, Kirby, Samantha and Deven.

  31. Although we did not know Vince very well, we feel very connected to the family through Jamie. We appreciate Jamie’s close and long friendship with our daughter Molly and have always enjoyed having her in our home. Our hearts go out to your entire family. We are so sorry for your profound loss. With best wishes, Joanna & Julian Ryder

  32. I will miss Vince greatly, a respectable man, very talented and humble man, a great friend and awesome colleague. Although it’s so difficult in times like this to see beyond the sorrow, the memory of Vince will be treasured forever. Please accept my deepest condolences to the Cascia Family.

  33. We are saddened by the loss of a dear friend, colleague and mentor. We offer our condolences to all those who will miss him, especially his loving family. We share many of the sentiments already written by others. Knowing Vince has been a blessing.

  34. A true man who gave to his community by his time, integrity and commitment. Where so many needed to be recognized over and over. Vince let his actions do all his talking. He was great asset to our MUN program. Truly a person who gave of himself when needed. Vince as our treasurer for many years made sure that we got the most out of every conference and trip MUN went on. Personally I feel very fortunate that I had gotten to know Vince as more than a parent. He was one those that was easy to talk to, fun to be with and a man of dry witty humor. Just a great person. To all the Cascia’s my deepest condolences.

  35. Our sincere condolences go to the Casicia family. He always shared his pride of his daughters’ accomplishments. Vince will be missed and always remember for taking care of the people who worked for him. The most memorable and enjoyable years of my career will be those few when I worked for him. I cannot fully express my sorry and sympathies to his family. Scott Matsunami

  36. My deepest sympathies goes out to you. I still cannot believe that Vince is gone, it is still so surreal. I have known Vince for almost 20 years now and I considered him to be one of the best people around and friend that I shall always cherish and remember. He was definitely one of a kind. There’s an old saying, “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that is troublesome.” I know this is a difficult time for all but I believe that by keeping Vince in our hearts and thoughts, it will make this transition a little easier. Vince, you shall forever be in my thoughts and heart.

  37. I never got a chance to meet Vincent, but from the women in his life I could tell he was a wonderful man and loved life to the fullest and truly a beautiful soul. My heart sincerely aches for you in your time of loss. May God Bless you and give you peace. I will keep you in my prayers. Iris

  38. I am sorry to hear of your sudden loss. Vince was a good man. He was always fair with everyone. Even though I have not seen him for a while, I will remember him with good thoughts. My family’s thoughts are with you.

  39. Vince always treated everyone with dignity and respect. He was one of the good ones. I’m so sorry for his family and friends.

  40. It has been my privilege to have known Vince professionally for something like 20 years. I am still shocked and grieved at the sudden loss of this excellent engineer and kind, respectful man. I regret that I will not be able to attend the memorial on 5 August, and I offer my deep sympathies to his wife and daughters, his family, and his colleagues at work.

  41. There are no words that can be said, that will make this time any better. All I can say is that, Vince is already missed. I meet him when I first came to Hughes in 1982 and came to appreciate his knowledge and sense of humor. He always seemed to know what to say to put a smile on a person’s face. Even though the last time I saw him in person was 2 years ago it feels like yesterday. Vince will live on in the hearts of those that knew him through his stories. Whether it be in leading a team to solve a complex engineering problem, throwing a white painted grapefruit to a batter who happened to be his boss in a softball game, or in hauling two beers over nine miles of difficult cross country skiing terrain, just so he could have a beer at the end of day. This is the Vince I remember and am proud to have called a good friend. My prayers go out to his family in this difficult time. Joe Wolkowicz

  42. Vince was the nicest man that I worked with and a true professional. My deepest sympathies to his family, and extended family of Boeing and aerospace professionals.

  43. Vince was a joy to know and work with. He had an amazing ability to interact with all those around him in such a positive manner that it was always a true pleasure to be in his company. I will miss him as one of the engineers I most respected at Hughes/Boeing, but even more so, as one of the coworkers I most enjoyed knowing and learning from. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  44. Terrill, Crista and Jamie, John and I have great memories of Vince from the last 20 years. Remember the time he cooked that great beef stroganoff and we played “Spoons” with all the kids? I loved working with him on Model UN, he was the best treasurer we ever had. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. We feel blessed to have known him. God bless you all at this difficult time.

  45. Please accept my deepest sympathies. I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Vince’s passing. I had the honor of working with Vince on the TSAT program. Vince was one of the most gracious, humble, and kind men I have ever met. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. We have lost a dear friend far too soon.

  46. Our prayers are with your family during this time. Vince was a quiet and dedicate coworker. Our company will surely miss his talents as well as his personality.

  47. I am deeply saddened by Vince’s passing. He was truly one of the best souls I have ever met. I will miss his presence but keep him close in my memory. My thoughts and prayers go out to Terrill, Krista, and Jamie. May you have the strength to find peace with your loss.

  48. My thougths are with you and woudl like to pass along this sentiment: I did not have the opportunity to spend nearly as much time with Vince as I would like to have. But even in our brief encounters, he has contributed to the person I am today. I believe Vince positively influenced every person that had the pleasure of meeting him. Someone we all wish we could be a little more like. My thoughts are with you.

  49. For the family of Vince, I wish you God’s grace at this difficult time. Vince was a true “gentleman” and “scholar”. He was so very respected by those of us here at Boeing who had the privilege of working with him. He will be missed. God bless, Martha

  50. To the Cascia Family, Vince was a great person to know and work with. He was a man of high integrity and was well respected here at Boeing/Hughes. Having met Vince a few years ago he was always positive and thoughtful in his work and in his words. Although this is truly a sad time for all of us it is also a time to reflect on the person that God allowed us all to get to know. I know you are very proud of him as are we. He will truly be missed, but never forgotten. God Bless all of you!

  51. To the Cascia Family, I was deeply saddened to learn of Vince’s passing. Although I will not be in town for the Celebration of Life Event on August 5th, I wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I just finished an assignment at Boeing that provided me with the privilege of working with Vince for the past four months. He was a warm, gracious, and gentle person and an excellent engineer. I will miss him.

  52. My deepest sympathies goes out to the Casicia family, I had the honor of working with Vince on the TSAT program. Vince was one of the most knowledgeable, gracious and kind person I have ever had the privilege of working with in all my years at Boeing. He will be missed.

  53. To The Cascia Family I was deeply saddened by Vince’s passing. It has been my privilege to work with Vince for over 18 years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  54. I’ve known Vince since 1982, first as a boss then as a very dear friend. I’m not sure what it was about Hughes Aircraft Company, but it attracted very exceptional people. I’ve been blessed to meet many, many wonderful individuals over the years at Hughes. Many of them are my closest friends and I love them like family. Vince’s passing leaves a huge hole in the fabric of all of our lives. We are very fortunate to have each other to fill some of that void. Lunch at Richmond’s, golf, fantasy football, poker at TG’s, wine tasting and sharing life’s journey will never be the same. I’m so very grateful to have known him and have him as a role model and a part of my life. I will miss him every day and remember him for the rest of my life.

  55. Terrill and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Vince was a friend to everyone he met, and I will miss him dearly – the days of softball and touch football, the antenna picnics and Christmas parties, lunch on Fridays, poker games, and too many hours of work together. No matter the circumstance, he was always a pleasure to be around, and he always expressed his love for and pride in his family. A truly honest and good man.

  56. I would like to offer my deepest sypathies to Vince’s wife, daughters and extended family, on his tragic and sudden death. I have known Vince for the past 4 year and have worked with him on TSAT program at Boeing. He was one of the best engineers I know, and easy going guy to work with. I will cerainly miss a great friend with such a cool and collective personality. Ketao Liu Boeing

  57. I am very sadden hear of your loss. I knew Vince from the ealry Hughes days and more recently through the fellowship. He was always the engineer that you listen to for his level objective view and assessments. He will be greatly missed by all.

  58. I am so saddened to hear the news about Vince. He was such a dedicated individual to all that he put his mind to. I worked with him throughout the years especially when he was applying for the Technical Fellowship. He gave many hours of his own time in helping other engineers obtain their dream. He surely will be missed. God Bless. pat

  59. I was shocked and saddened by the news of Vince’s untimely passing. My deepest and most heart felt condolences to Vince’s family. Vince was a co-worker, a mentor, and a friend and I will miss him very much.

  60. I had only known Vince through Steve “Bags” Bagnasco monthly floating poker game. Our time together was far to short. I will miss his wit, charm and sportsmanship (his pleasantries and good nature were the same whether winning or losing). He will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

  61. I saw Vince only a few times growing up, just in passing as I spent time as best friends with Neil . I cannot express how special the Cascia family is in every way. Our world is less today because of this loss, but heaven is greater because of it. My prayers are with you. God bless.

  62. I am one of Vince’s first cousins. Growing up, I spent several summers living at the Cascia family home in Pekin after Vito Cascia, Vince’s Dad, passed away. I spent most of my time hanging out with Neil, but I got to know all of the boys and Diane better. What a wonderful family. I remember Vince as funny and kind €” he was like a “nice” older brother who wouldn’t pound on me like my own older brothers did! I also remember his interest in model rocketry (remember Estes Rockets?)and our ill-fated attempt to launch a frog in the payload of one rocket. Actually, thanks to Vince’s engineering, the rocket did fine, but the payload didn’t fare too well! We rode bikes to the park, played around in the new house construction near the Cascia’s house and had great family dinners with plenty of meat €” and fruit for dessert! €” prepared by Aunt Delores. I saw Vince through the years at various family functions and when I was a young single guy and moved to Huntington Beach, Vince and Terrill welcomed me to their house a few times (actually an apartment next to LAX where you had to stop talking when a plane flew over). Once they even took me on a hike in a nearby park. We will miss you Vince, but your memories will always remain. Looking back, I think all the time I spent in that two-story house in Pekin with Vince and all those kids probably rubbed off on me. I think it’s one reason I have 8 kids and love being in a big family. All the best to Terrill and the girls. If you’re ever in St. Louis… Jeff

  63. Dear Terrill, Krista, Jamie, Aunt Delores and all my Cascia cousins, I am heartbroken for all of you and will miss Vince dearly. I will always remember my trip out west and staying at Vince’s, getting to know Krista and Jamie, playing cards, touring LA and listening to Neil Young on the cd player with the family. Vince truly embodied what a family man should be. Every time I saw him at a reunion he talked with pride about his beautiful and talented wife and girls. He had the warmest smile, the biggest laugh and the best hugs, and he’s passed that on to his daughters. I had the great pleasure of seeing Krista earlier this month and visiting with her. I thought to myself how proud her parents must be of both daughters, their adventurous spirit, intelligence and love of nature and family. He leaves this world much too soon. He will be greatly missed. Love from “CC”

  64. Vince was a great friend, mentor, and collaborator of mine over many years at Hughes and Boeing. He was unparallelled in his mastery of the “art” of engineering, a deep thinker and a soft-spoken leader. Vince was a hero walking amongst us. I will miss him dearly.

  65. Vince was one of those people that you don’t forget. My limited interaction with Vince was enough to recognize that he was a brilliant engineer that genuinely cared for the people around him. My Condolences

  66. To Vince’s Family, I am very sorry for your loss. Vince contributed to so many space programs that helped keep our country safe and changed the world for the better. We will miss his expertise and his friendship and remember his as a true gentleman who left us far too soon.

  67. Dear Terrill , Krista and Jamie, We are so sorry that we were unable to be there for you, but, we certainly have you in our thoughts and prayers a lot. I wish I could help with the pain you must have. Please know that we are here if you want to visit , call or write. So glad I was able to visit with you a couple of years ago at Delores€™ 80th. Vince was so good and fun as usual. But, some of my best memories are the fist memories I have when he was a little boy and came to visit us. He was in awe of the buffalo here in Okla. And, I was in awe of so many little Cascias! He was wonderful and will be missed. Love to all of you, ~Aunt Judy

  68. I have known Vince for only a few months, but I really enjoyed the interaction I had with him over this short time. Vince was able to combine an accute technical approach to our program issues while keeping some type of “laid back” attitude that made dealing with those technical issues so much easier. One of the nice sides of my job is that I get to meet very talented, dedicated and interesting people over the course of a satellite program. Vince was one of those and I will miss the opportunity to interact with him over the course of the program.

  69. To Vince’s Family, It was a very sad moment and surprise to hear about Vince’s passing. I can vouch for all the pleasant thoughts his friends have expressed about him. I first met Vince when he chose to spend some time in the Antenna Department as part of the then Hughes Rotation Program and more thrilled when he decided to stay premanently. You could just feel he was going to be successful although he was just beginning his career. He had a certain charisma, love of science, curioius mind, patience and spirit that just beamed this impression to everyone. He was a very unique person and left a lasteg impression on everyone he met. He will surely be missed by everyone he ever met.

  70. Deepest sympathy and condolences to the Cascia family on your loss. As a friend of Neil’s, I have always enjoyed the great family love and interaction in the Cascia household.

  71. To Vince’s Family, It was a very sad moment and surprise to hear about Vince’s passing. I can vouch for all the pleasant thoughts his friends have expressed about him. I first met Vince when he chose to spend some time in the Antenna Department as part of the then Hughes Rotation Program and more thrilled when he decided to stay premanently. You could just feel he was going to be successful although he was just beginning his career. He had a certain charisma, love of science, curioius mind, patience and spirit that just beamed this impression to everyone. He was a very unique person and left a lasting impression on everyone he met. He will surely be missed by everyone he ever met. Richard “Dick” Dumke Aug 4, 2009 Marina Del Rey, CA

  72. My deepest and most sincere condolences and prayers go out to Cascia family. The news of Vince’s passing were devastating and crushing. Vince was a respected colleague and a dear friend. He will be greatly missed and always remembered in a positive light.

  73. I worked with Vince for many years both as Hughes and Boeing. I could always rely on his technical wisdom and people skills to get the right answer to any technical problem. Vince was a joy to work with. Bob Johnson

  74. The first time I spent any time with Vince was driving him and my sister Terrill to the mall. As usual T and I started at each other – only as sisters and brothers can. Vince let us go on for a minute and then stopped us with a few words and a smile. After that moment I knew that I didn’t have to worry about my big sister anymore. She had found the perfect person to share her life and to love and protect her. I wish my wife and I had had spent more time with Vince. He was a very dear and special person.

  75. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Vince was a great guy – smart, knowledgeable, and easy to get along with. He was always helpful and his advice was sought by many. We will miss him.

  76. I really, really enjoyed working with Vince. He created a wonderful environment, a real genuine esprit de corps where everyone’s opinion was considered and success for the team was not unattainable but readily achieveable.

  77. Vince and I worked together for only a few months as chief engineers on this new program. Yet working with Vince was one of the things I was most looking forward to on the job. He was so talented, but also gracious, patient, and fun. I know we would have become very good friends. It is rare that you meet someone whom you thoroughly like so quickly. I can only imagine what the family is feeling, and you have my deepest sympathies. I hope it is some consolation to know that Vince was so respected and valued as a friend and colleague, and will always be remembered.

  78. Our lives are filled with unexpected events and this is the hardest one I have experienced in many years. Vince worked diligently for us on TSAT for 4 to 5 years and was the cornerstone of many successes we had on the program. There were only a handful of people who could make a program effective and exciting, and bring their own balanced life perspective into an overly challenging environment at work. Our prayers and love go with you and it’s clear the family he leaves behind is a beautiful image of the person he was. Sincerely, Rob Vaughan – TSAT Chief Engineer

  79. Vince was a leader, mentor and a real gentleman. He treated people with kindness and respect. We will miss his calm, his wise judgement, and his self-deprecating sense of humor.

  80. Vince was a very special and unique person. Besides his significant knowledge and understanding engineering problems, he very much enjoyed reading and was knowledgeable in diverse disciplines. Most of all, he was compassionate, warm, friendly, modest and always ready to mentor and support others.

  81. I worked with Vince from 1991-1993 in the Antenna Lab. He was good person and a good manager. I will remember him.

  82. From spending time with the family last week & reading these notes, I realize how much I missed out on by not being closer to Vince, Terrill, Krista, and Jamie. Distance is a factor, and we only got together at family gatherings where everyone was always on their bestest behavior. I only saw a glimmer of the jokester in Vince, but it was clear that he was a kind, loving family man. One thing Vince & I had in common was responsibility for the care and feeding of a Smithers sibling. Even though this always rewarding activity comes with some challenges, Vince was an expert at enjoying every minute of it. Vince made everything seem easy – whether it was raising two baby girls to to strong, confident women, climbing mountains, or designing space satellite stuff. When Vince said, “I got it covered,” you knew everything was under control. Mike & I were fortunate to have a visit from Vince & Terrill when they were on their way to a family reunion. During good-bye hugs, I was hopeful that the visit brought the start of a closer, deeper friendship. Terrill and the girls can depend on Mike and I to commit to that and help them in any way we can.

  83. I only visited with Vince when we were children and Uncle Vito and Aunt Delores would visit Nani for a vacation. That would probably be about 45 years ago and possibly longer. I just wanted you all to know that my thoughts are with you all. I’m sorry that I never knew him. May God be with all of you. Donna

  84. Terrill and Family, Aunt Delores and the Cascia clan, you all are in my prayers. I remember Vince to this day as the biggest jokester I have ever meet. It was always a great time getting together in St. Louis with all the Cascia’s and Fister’s. God Bless You.

  85. I just found out the very sad news about Vince’s untimely passing earlier today (14 August). I have such great memories of Vince, who helped me get through Professor Gockel’s very difficult finite element structures class in grad school at USC. We worked at Hughes Space & Comm together for several years, way back. I will always remember he told me about wanting to open a Chicago style pizza parlor – he had a secret family recipe. He was a great friend and a great spirit.

  86. I was shocked today to hear of Vince’s death. He and I were Hughes rotators together 30 years ago. We had much in common since I was from just up the river in Peoria and we both went to the University of Illinois. I have very fond memories of parties at Vince and Terrill’s apartment in Westchester. He was a great guy and will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

  87. A little over a week ago, I learned that Vince had passed away. I read the words in Terrill’s letter over and over, unable to comprehend them. Leaving us at such a young age was completely unexpected. Vince and I met at Hughes Aircraft 30 years ago when I was on a one year assignment from Spar Aerospace to work on Anik D. It was easy to make a €œconnection€ with Vince. He was gifted with an ability to relate to others quickly and effortlessly through his calm demeanor and great sense of humour. Vince and Terrill extended their hospitality to me, introduced me to their friends and together we enjoyed many good times (partying, climbing Snake Mountain, cross country skiing in Yosemite, making egg rolls, €oh, and did I mention the parties?). Memories of my L.A. visit remain vivid and timeless largely due to Vince. After my one year was up I headed home, but I never forgot Vince and Terrill or the recipe for spaghetti sauce Vince gave me and sustained me during my bachelor years. We maintained contact over the years and I always looked forward to his emails which were loaded with his wry sense of humour. I will miss him.

  88. My sincere sympathies go out to you. I was shocked and saddened to hear the news last month. Vince impacted so many people in different ways. For me, I will always remember his patience, his intellect, his laugh, his kindness, his professional and moral support, and most of all his big heart. Vince was the type of man that could truly be described as a “good man”; someone that those around him strived to emulate. His legacy will live on in those that he touched. He will be profoundly missed.

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