Richard ‘Dick’ James Vincent

ROCKFORD, Ill. – Richard “Dick” James Vincent, 73, of Rockford, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, from heart failure at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. A funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Rockford, Ill.

Visitation will be 9-10:45 a.m. at the church Tuesday. Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, assisted the family. Burial will be 2 p.m., Monday, May 5, 2014, in Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont, Minn.

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He was born Jan. 9, 1941, the son of Lena and John Vincent. He attended Rockford schools, graduating from West High School in 1959 and received his degree from Rockford College in 1963. He began his career of teaching English in Shakopee, Minn., then moved to Fairmont, Minn., where he married Gretta Johnson and had two sons. His first wife passed and he moved back to Rockford to marry his childhood friend, Mary Ann. He and his wife loved to travel, visiting their children in Fargo, N.D., Minneapolis, Minn., and Fort Worth, Texas, along with traveling all over out West and Southwest. He enjoyed reading about history, cars and sports.

Survived by his wife, Mary Ann; sons, Chad of Fargo and Brandon (Kelly) of Minneapolis; step-daughter, Shelly Blake of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Ella Vincent, Evan Vincent, Allison Blake, Hannah Blake, Brian Blake; sister, Kathy (Rich) Ewers; nieces, Christy (Jason) and Debbie (Stuart); great-nieces and nephews, Jason II, Trinity, Caden, Emily and Clint; sister-in-law, Nellie Cacciatore and friend, Tom Schott.