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Vincent Caropreso


Vincent Caropreso, age 51 of Pompton Plains and formerly of Wayne, died on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2017. He was surrounded by his loving family and many loyal friends during the final days of his courageous battle with cancer.

Vinnie grew up in Wayne and graduated from Wayne Hills High School with the class of 1984. He had been a standout football player with the Wayne Hills Patriots and when he went on to study at Villanova University he tried out for the football team as a walk-on. The odds of joining a Division 1 football roster as a walk-on are slim, but despite the odds, Vinnie made the team! He enjoyed his time at Villanova, maybe even a little bit too much, and after a few semesters he decided to leave school and join the carpenters union in New York City. Vinnie has been a member for more than thirty years of NYCDCC Union 157 and he was most recently a project manager. His coworkers know him as a perfectionist and a workaholic.

Vinnie was selfless and caring and he who would do anything for his many dear friends. He could fix and do just about anything and he loved being able to help others. If he knew that you were doing a home improvement project, he would just show up and help you – and his work was meticulous. He volunteered on the Wayne P.O.L. Fire Company 2 for thirty years and served as their Chief from 2001-2003. His fellow firefighters were like brothers to him and he cherished their friendship. Being a firefighter emboldened Vinnie to enjoy one of his favorite hobbies; playing with fireworks! The Fourth of July was, understandably, his favorite holiday and Vinnie always seemed to have the best fireworks! Of course, it wasn’t uncommon for the police to show up in response. Vinnie loved throwing big parties as his house and cooking for all of his friends. His parties were always memorable.

Vinnie was devoted to his wife and two sons. He met his wife, Maureen (nee Bardone) at the famed “Waterfront” in Packanack Lake. She found him to be a romantic man who always wrote long notes in the cards he gave her. They married on Oct. 3, 1992 at St. Anthony’s RC Church in Butler, followed by an Aruba honeymoon. Their honeymoon was anything but typical, as two of Vinnie’s best friends, along with their wives, joined them for the week!!! Throughout their years together, Maureen and Vinnie’s love for each other grew stronger and stronger. As Maureen candidly and very honestly describes; they didn’t always like each other, but they always loved each other; they enjoyed fabulous times together and Vinnie gave her a wonderful life. When it came to Vinnie’s two boys; Dominic and Joseph, they were his everything and he loved the two of them tremendously. He could be a strict dad at times, but that was the ‘perfectionist’ side of him that wanted only the best for his boys. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them and they always knew how much they were loved. In 2003, Maureen gave birth to twin boys; Joseph and Anthony. Sadly, Anthony passed away just a few days later and Vinnie’s love seemed to be amplified in response; drawing him even closer to his family. He had a huge heart and his family will miss him dearly.

Vinnie is survived by his beloved wife Maureen (nee Bardone) of Pompton Plains, his two sons; Dominic and Joseph, and by his dear mother; Joan Caropreso of Wayne, his sister; Kathy Siso and her husband Tom of Wayne, his step-sister; Megan Caropreso of Butler, nieces; Shauna Siso of Wayne, and nephew Patrick Siso of Wayne, and two aunts; Kathy Falato of Wayne and Catherine Garcia of Wayne. He was predeceased by his son Anthony in 2003 and by his father, Ugo in 2001.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 4-8 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 AM on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 from the funeral home, then to St. Mary’s RC Church, Pompton Lakes, where at 11AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Vinnie will be laid to rest at the First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pompton Plains.

Donations in Vinnie’s memory would be appreciated to benefit the St. Joseph’s Hospital NICU. Donations can be sent to; St. Joseph’s University Medical Center Foundation, 703 Main St, Paterson, NJ 07503 or visit

Guest Book


Dear Maureen, I’m so sorry to hear about Vinnie, he was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Dominic and Joseph. Love Aunt Lucy

Lucy Pollaro


Dear Maureen: We are so sorry to hear of Vinnie’s passing. Pleas know our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys. Love,The Campigotto Family

Kim Cavallo-Campigotto


There can be no words. Just know that Vinny is now with Jesus and looking down at you and yours. He now has a healed body and no more pain. May God bless you and bring you comfort during this time. You are surrounded by people who love you and will see you through.



Joan, Cathy and family, Frank and I are deeply saddened by the passing of your son and brother Vincent. His life was cut much too short, however his suffering has ended and he is at peace with the Lord who gave him life. Hopefully you and all his family will be given strength by God to handle your loss as very difficult as it is and remember all the wonderful joy Vincent brought into your lives and what a caring, loving and wonderful man he was.

Frank and Joann Ranalletti


To My Cousins, Joanie, Kathy, & the rest of the Caropreso/Falato Familigia, I'm deeply saddened by the passing of My Cousin Vincent. If it wasn't for Frankie, I wouldn't have found out.Joanie, forever we have been Family & will always be connected via blood.I see that Vinnie lived through a lot of loss, so sad.A 1st born Italian Son is a Prince in our Family, it's tradition.You had your son for 51yrs of joy, the celebration of his life, & being blessed.He is now at peace in Heaven with is Nonna Lena & Nonno Philip. He is even with his Nonna Jennie, sitting on her lap.My Mom, Catherine & My Dad Joe are with your son in Heaven.Joanie, Cugina Bella, just know your Precious Prince Vincent is with The Familigia in Heaven.May God place His Blessings on you & may He watch over you in the coming days of sorrow.Te amo, Joanie. Love always, Patty

Patricia Labazzetta-Mastromonico


To the entire Caropreso family, I would like to send my deepest condolences. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Vinnie. He will be missed and cherished by so many. All my love to the family during this difficult time.

James Peri


Our very deepest sympathy to your family from our entire family.

John, Priscilla and Timothy Schuster


With our deepest sympathy to Maureen, Dominic, Joseph, Mrs. Joan Caropreso and the family and friends of Vinny. Such a wonderful man and loved by so many. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this time.

Dominic and Cindy Nocerino


To the VincentCaropeso Family.Our deepest Condolence and prayers to all of you.Memories are the legacy of love.

Chris Mc Intyre


To the Family of Vincent Caropreso, My heart was saddened when I heard the news of Vinnie's passing. He and I worked together at the hospital and I was one of the few that understand his style and passion for his work. He was a perfectionist like myself which is why we got along (most of the time anyway ;-)). I know how much he loved you all from the stories he told. My prayers are with the family. Regards, George

George Oberlander Jr


Dominic: All the friars at St Bonaventure University are praying for you and your entire family. I read the obituary and was touched by the tremendous love that your Dad had for you, your Mom and brother and the whole community. What a good man. I pray that God's peace will be with you... With love and prayers, Fr David

Fr. David Couturier OFM Cap


I was so saddened to hear of Vinnie's passing. Your family will be in my thoughts and my prayers.

Jackie Smith Kurelja


I am shocked and so sorry for your loss of Vinny. A good husband and Dad. Stay strong for your boys. They are both sons to be proud of. You both did a wonderful job. ??

Linda Ortense


Dear Maureen, Dominic, Joseph Our hearts are sadden and broken on Vinny’s passing. We thank God that we.had the honor-and a blessing of celebrating his 50th last year with all of you and an honor of seeing him with his group of close friends of his fire department about a month ago. We will never ever forget the heart of gold you and Vinny had for us We love you Maureen, Dominic and Joseph. Our continued prayers of strength and support will always be with you????Love your friends, Michele, Carmine, Angela and Carmine Crisci

Michele And Carmine Crisci


Deepest condolences to you and your sons. Vinnie as he was forever known and i shared the same bday june 25 and we both got a kick from that He was one of the hardest working people i have met in my 30 plus years and smartest. I hope he is at peace Regards Tommy

Tom fattorusso

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