Vincent Giacci passed away on the morning of July 4th at the Brookdale/Troutdale Memory facility in Troutdale, Oregon. Vincent is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy, and his five children, Fred (Fortunato), Laura Roth, Gary, David and Steven. Grandchildren, Majestia Mary, Mia Soto, Leslie King, Nikki Roth, Kirsten Giacci Hernandez, Caitlin Clunis, Stefan, Gabriel, Lekili, Cassy Santoni, Lauren Rose and eleven great grandchildren. Granddaughter Dana Giacci Rogers pre-deceased him.
Vincent (Vinnie) was born in White Plains, NY on May 12, 1932. He was a builder in White Plains and a one third owner of The Continental Restaurant in White Plains and The Chef’s Hat in Larchmont, NY. He won the Mayor’s Award for the most beautiful renovation upon completion of The Continental. He always had live music in all of his restaurants and loved to sit in and play drums or the standup base, which he had taught himself to play. He also loved to sing; mostly Frank Sinatra tunes. One day he decided to take flying lessons at the Westchester Airport and soloed after only four hours of instruction. It was the shortest time in the history of the airport. A record that still stands to this day.
He and his wife, Nancy, moved to Denver, NY in 1964. With partner, Stanley Migdol, he bought the Morse farm in the Denver valley. Vinnie was the builder and Stanley was PR. The two of them built Roxbury Run, a development of vacation homes that the owners could leave for months at a time and not worry about mowing lawns or freezing pipes in wintertime, etc. Vincent designed all of the homes and built them according to the strict White Plains building codes, setting the bar for future builders. He started the concept of open living room, dining area and kitchen all contained in one large space; bought shiploads of inland cedar for the ceilings and added decking instead of lawns. The original farmhouse became the Roxbury Run Restaurant. They dammed the Batavia Kill, dug a lake and built two tennis courts. He then put up the money to buy a well drilling rig and he, Lynn Johnson and Stanley Migdol started Titan Drilling which Lynn ran most successfully and later turned over to his sons.
Another venture for Vincent was Alta Log Homes. He, Frank Mann and Ed Perazone created milled log homes and set up dealers all up and down the east coast. He even went to Norway to learn more about their hand carved posts and brought many ideas back with him. When Kelly’s Hotel, the diner and the bakery burned to the ground in the center of Margaretville, Alta bought the property. Vinnie was one of the originators who spearheaded the MARK program with Lew Kolar. Their goal was to beautify the area and create a destination for tourism. Vinnie bought himself out of Alta by taking the burned out property in Margaretville and the Owl’s Nest Restaurant. He designed and built Binnekill Square. Cornell University brought students to show them the square and what could be done in a small town. Vincent and his wife, Nancy, ran the restaurant which did very well and was written up in Zagat’s guide in Manhattan as the little “gem in the Catskills.” He also developed The Owl’s Nest Restaurant and Lodge across from Belleayre Ski Center and Belleayre Village which included a nine hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, restaurant and vacation homes
Vincent loved music, golf and boats. One of his favorite pastimes was restoring old boats. He belonged to the Hudson River Power Squad. The squad spent its time cleaning debris from the river and checking to make sure other boaters were wearing life vests and boating responsibly. He just really enjoyed being on the water with his buddies.
Vincent also built two smaller developments of primary homes in the Rhinebeck area and in Cornwall, NY, and a few homes on Bald Head Island in North Carolina. Since he was adept in all phases of building, he joined ASHI and developed a very successful home inspection business (HMI) which he ran for a number of years. Vincent was a workaholic who felt the day was wasted if you didn’t do something constructive and beautiful between the time you got up in the morning and went to bed at night. His creativity was boundless. It is fitting that he has gone off this earth with a bang on the 4th of July! He will be deeply missed by his wife and family.