Vincent Piccola celebrates his 100th birthday today — Tuesday, April 23.
He was born on April 23, 1919 in Cherry Township, in Sullivan County, Pa., the son of Peter and Mary Domenica Ficca Piccola. His parents came to America from diTocco Casauria, Province diPescara Italy, settling first in Mildred, Pa. His family then moved to Rome, where “Vinny” attended Rome Free Academy, graduating in 1937.
Piccola worked at General Cable Corporation as a machine operator until he entered the U.S. Army, resuming his employment after World War II until his retirement.
He was honorably discharged as Private First Class at the end of WWII in Fort Dix, New Jersey. During his years of service, he received the following awards: Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one bronze service star, World War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII and Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar.
While traveling to Italy for six months back in 1953, where his family originated, Piccola met Lucia Sticca and they were married on June 15, 1953 in Pompei, Naples, Italy. They were married for 63 years until Lucy’s death in 2016. They had a son, Richard Piccola, who passed away in 2014. They have a second son Perry and Deborah Mastraccio Piccola, and a granddaughter and son-in-law Tracey (Piccola) and Matthew Downs. A great-grandchild is expected in August.
Known as an “automobile fanatic” by family and friends, Piccola now resides at Rome Memorial Hospital’s Residential Health Care Facility.