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Vincent H. DeMatteo
July 19, 1926 – April 26, 2018
Trinity, Florida – formerly of Spring Hill, FL and NJ

Vincent H. DeMatteo died on April 26, 2018 after several years of declining health. He was born on July 19, 1926 in Englewood, NJ to Frank and Emma (Petersen) DeMatteo, and his childhood was spent in Fort Lee, NJ. When he turned 17, Vince badgered his parents to sign papers that would allow him to enlist in the United States Navy. Shortly after completing basic training (his parents thought the Navy would not want such a skinny kid), he sailed to England and prepared, along with so many other young men of his generation, to participate in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. After the conclusion of the war, he returned to Fort Lee and graduated from Fort Lee High School. His service to his country during World War II and the Korean War were great sources of pride to Vince. He was honorably discharged in 1951. In 2014, Vince was awarded the French Legion D'Honneur for his service in France.
On September 2, 1949 Vincent married Katherine Desmond. They raised three daughters, Kathleen, Christine, and Mary Ellen in Rochelle Park, NJ.
Vincent was a lucky man in that from his teen years until his retirement he was engaged in work that he loved and which gave meaning to his life. After serving in the Navy, and as a young husband and father, he enjoyed working on road construction crews operating heavy equipment. This work was seasonal, however, so in 1959 he joined the police force in Rochelle Park, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant during his 25-year career. He and Katherine retired to Florida in 1984, where Katherine died in 1991.
After going through a difficult time after the death of Katherine, Vincent once again became a fortunate man. He began a new relationship with Thelma Seabury, a childhood acquaintance, and they enjoyed a 25-year partnership.
In addition to his parents and wife, Vincent was predeceased by a sister, Marie Mattheson. He is survived by his three daughters (spouses John, William, Frank), grandchildren (Rachel, Robert, William, Susan, Nicholas, Leigh), great-grandchildren (Jacob, Adam, Olivia, Adler, Thomas and David), his partner Thelma, her daughters Jan and Donna, and Donna's husband, Mike.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Vince will be at Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, 280 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Burial will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.
Vince's family is most grateful for the loving care he received from the staff at The Watermark in Trinity and Gulfside Hospice.