Vincent G. Ferrini, 86
Dateline: Norton, MA
Vincent G. Ferrini, age 86, a lifelong resident of Norton, passed away unexpectedly at Rhode Island Hospital on Saturday, January 25, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Dixie L. (Dodge) Ferrini, to whom he was wed for nearly sixty-eight years.
Born in Ware, MA on February 1, 1933, he was a loving son of the late Vincent and Angelina (Rich) Ferrini.
Vinnie grew up in Norton and was a 1950 graduate of Norton High School, where he excelled in basketball and baseball. To this day, he still holds the Norton High School record of scoring 60 points in a single basketball game. During the Korean War, he proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps.
His working career was spent as a welder, a trade he learned under the guidance of his father and his uncle Alec Rich.
Mr. Ferrini’s family was the focal point of his life and his passion was playing softball. Throughout the years, he played on numerous softball leagues and finished his career in the Rhode Island Softball League. At the age of sixty, he had the distinction of participating in the Red Sox Fantasy Camp in Fort Myers, Florida.
A communicant of Saint Mary’s Church in Norton, Vinnie was also an avid Red Sox and Celtics fan, a longtime Patriots season ticket holder, and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his devoted children: Vernon J. Ferrini and his wife Sally of Norton, Deborah A. Carter and her husband Richard, Sr. of Taunton, Julie M. Kent and her husband Peter of Norton and Sandra L. Bearce of Raynham and her former husband Mark. He was the cherished grandfather of Melissa Gillis and her husband Craig, Samantha Floum and her husband Ryan, Richard Carter, Jr. and his wife Ashley, Shawn Michael Vincent Ferrini and Chad Bearce and the treasured great grandfather of Dylan Floum and Piper Gillis. He was the dear brother of the late Alicia Gentile and is also survived by his loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
His funeral Mass, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be celebrated on Thursday, January 30th at 11:00 A.M. in Saint Mary’s Church, 1 Power Street, Norton. Burial will follow at the Norton Common Cemetery in Norton.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, January 29th from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at the Norton Memorial Funeral Home, 19 Clapp St, (Off Route 140, Taunton Ave.) Norton.
In lieu of flowers, Vincent’s family has requested that donations in his memory be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To send his family a message of condolence, please visit www.nortonmemorial.com