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Vincent Della Valle

10/24/2017


Vincent Della Valle, 75, of Wayne, formerly of Newark, passed away at exactly 11:29pm on October 24 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Port Jefferson, NY. It was a warm and rainy night surrounded by his wife and kids as he transitioned peacefully into pure love and light.

Vincent, called Jason by many, and Ice Poppy (because of his ability to create spontaneous and hilarious freestyle raps) by some, was born on August 21, 1942 and raised in Newark. Born to the late Nicholas & Eleanor Della Valle, he graduated from Barringer High School in 1960 before graduating from Upsala College. During this time, he became a black belt in karate and played music in various bands, including The Plurals, The Bachelors 5 and then finally The Jason Craig Band, of whom he was the band leader for over 25 years.

To many people, he was known as Jason Craig, the namesake of his company for many years, Jason Craig Entertainment. During his over 50 year career as an Entertainer and musician in New Jersey/New York, he sang for tens of thousands of people, always bringing his light and exuberant energy to every event which he felt privileged to attend. For the past 5 years, he sang at countless nursing homes and elder facilities, bringing his voice and sense of humor to people of all ages until the very end of his life. A true entertainer never retires.

In 1977, Vincent met his wife of 39 years, Jacqueline Winand. They met when Jacque attended a family friend's wedding that Jason was singing at. The rest is history. They honeymooned in Lake George and had their first child, Jason, 9 months later in 1979. They moved from Jacque's home town of East Rutherford to Packanack Lake in Wayne, where they continued to grow their family. Five and seven years later they brought their daughters Jocelyn and Jolie into the world.

Vincent had many hobbies and was known to throw himself whole heartedly into his sports and passion projects, excelling at everything he put his mind to. He was a long time skier and golfer, and he had a passion for practicing his Italian & Spanish. He enjoyed going to Hunter Mountain and Killington to ski and learning his lyrics for his upcoming events. Over the years, he became an EMT and even a member of the Hidden Valley Ski Patrol. He skied so much and always wore loud and colorful outfits made by the brand Spyder, which earned him the nickname Spyderman at Hunter Mountain. He went to the gym almost every day and was on a first name and friendly basis with virtually everyone who crossed his path.

But most of all his accomplishments, Vincent was a dedicated and beloved husband to Jacqueline. Father to Jason, Jocelyn, Jolie, and his chihuahua Tito. Brother to Nicholas, Annie, & Stephen. Grandfather to Sloane, Kai, Georgie, & Maréa. Beloved Uncle, Nephew, and a friend to so many. An inspiration to all who knew him. A generous spirit and a tender soul who appreciated life and lived it graciously, with dignity, color, and style.

His favorite movie was Summer of 42. His favorite TV show was Curb Your Enthusiasm. His favorite singer was Johnny Mathis. His favorite word was Gobagool.

We will all miss his presence, his sense of humor, his vitality, his enthusiasm for life. He will be surely celebrated by all who knew him.

Vincent's gift to the world was his spirit and his energy. Music was his vehicle and he used it to bring entertainment, peace, and healing to other souls. Therefore, because there will be no burial and In lieu of flowers, we ask that any contributions or donations be made in Vincent's name to Ukulele Kids Club (www.theukc.org), a nationally recognized non-for-profit organization that harnesses the healing power of music by gifting ukuleles to sick children in cancer hospitals and other medical facilities though their music therapy teams. Online donations can be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/ukulele-kids-club-house-concerts Any checks can be made out to: Ukulele Kids Club and mailed to PO Box 1564, Wayne, NJ 07474.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 2-5pm. At 5pm, eulogies will be offered and friends will be invited to share their memories of Vincent as well. A Mass for Vincent will be celebrated at 10:30am on Monday, October 30, 2017 at Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Wayne, NJ 07470.

Guest Book

10/26/2017

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers, Jolie. May your dad rest in Peace.

Joseph Blanche

10/26/2017

Vinnie was a truly beautiful human being. All who knew him are blessed to have made this connection. He was full of life and had a heart of gold. We will never be the same without him, but we will remember his joy and humor in our darkest hours. Surely he flew off to heaven on the wings of angels. My deepest sympathy to all of his family members.

Louise Castronova

10/26/2017

Our Hearts are filled with great sadness. May Jason's memory be everlasting- Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family in your time of sorrow! May he Rest In Peace. He will surely be missed by so many! In our hearts always , Mary (Kyriakoulis) & George Gagis

Mary Gagis

10/27/2017

Although we lost touch over the years, I have always thought of Jason as a kind, caring, very funny and very unique guy. He had a great talent that he used very well entertaining many many people over the years. I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to know him. He was a person that added something good to the lives of those he met. I’m so sorry for your loss. You have many wonderful memories to cherish.

Chuck Emery

10/27/2017

Always a smile on his face! It was an honor to work for him as a drummer in the Celebration band..any time I said to people I work for Jason Craig Orchestras, it commanded instant respect, RIP Jay, see you up the road I'm sure!

Joey Vitello

10/27/2017

Thoughts and prayers for a wonderful family. Your memories will sustain you during this difficult time. The Tett Familly

Louisa Tett

10/29/2017

My deepest condolences to your entire family. Jason was and always will be a very special man. He was always like family. My dad especially loved him. Words can't express how wonderful he was!!!

Debbie and Victor Lewis

10/31/2017

Just heard the sad news of Jason’s passing. Our heartfelt sympathies to his whole beautiful family. We will always remember his wonderful smile and amazing talent. The Bellardini family

Kathy and George Bellardini

11/1/2017

Jason and his band played at our wedding 50 years ago; son Jason entertained at both our daughters weddings. Our sincere sympathies to the Della Valle family.

Joseph and Shirley Grich

11/2/2017

Annie, This is Peggy Pearson your childhood friend. For some reason I felt called to try and find you this week only to learn that your brother Vincent just passed. Annie, I'm so sorry. I remember Vinnie always teasing us and I remember being enthralled by his band. He always looked so handsome when he left the house to go perform. It sounds like he never lost his zest for life and touched people with his music his entire life. Please contact me. X

Peggy Pearson

11/6/2017

JAY, I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR DAD'S PASSING. I WILL THINK OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN MY DAILY PRAYERS. MY DIANA BREEN WHO YOU GRADUATED WITH FROM WAYNE VALLEY PASSED AWAY 8/27/16 AND WILL GREET YOUR DAD IN HEAVEN THAT I AM SURE OF. I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. BETTY BREEN (MOM TO MARIA BREEN AND THE LATE DIANA BREEN AND TONY BREEN)

BETTY BREEN

11/9/2017

My heartfelt condolences to the entire family! I had worked with Jason and his brother Steve for many years and just learned of his passing. My prayers go out to you all as Jayson was an absolute kind man who I will never forget Keep singing in Heaven my friend !!!

gary menduke


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