Vincent Perricone, 77, a Marshall resident described by virtually anyone who knew him as one of the kindest, most caring men on the planet, sadly passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, after a long battle with cancer.
Vince was the founder, owner and operator of Middleburg Printers for 30 years, a business he started in 1986 and sold to the current owners in 2016.
He also was a fixture at countless social events all around the Middleburg area as a bartender or the master of a charcoal grill, moonlighting as a multi-talented jack-of-all-trades at the Back Street Cafe in Middleburg and for the catering company of the same name, both owned and operated by his wife, Tutti.
They were married in 1990, the same year they both opened their respective businesses, which also happened to be across Federal Street from each other in Middleburg.
Vince was a master of the printing craft at Middleburg Printers and was constantly expanding the services he and his staff provided their legion of satisfied customers. He was an active member of the Middleburg community for many years. He coached Little League baseball and was a former member of the Aldie Volunteer Fire Department. He was a huge supporter and volunteer stage lighting director for “A Place To Be,” Middleburg’s innovative music therapy center run by his friends, the nonprofit’s directors, Tom Sweitzer and Kim Tapper.
Tom said of the Perricones, “They are loving and authentic people who have touched the lives of thousands. He was one of the kindest, most loving men I have ever met.”
Said Kim, “There hasn’t been a kinder, more giving man. He will be deeply missed and I know his life, his integrity and his loyalty will be celebrated by the many whose lives he and Tutti have touched. Honor him by loving your pets just a little extra, humming a song or lending a helping hand to someone in a moment of need."
Vincent Joseph Perricone Jr. was born Dec. 5, 1942. in Babylon, N.Y., on Long Island, about 50 miles from Manhattan, the son of Grace Donahue and Vincent Joseph Perricone Sr. He went to high school in Charles Town, W.Va., where he also occasionally worked as a teenager for a cousin, hot-walking race horses.
He graduated from Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., in 1965, majoring in English with a minor in fine art. He began his career working for the Potomac Press and eventually became production manager for the Loudoun Times-Mirror in Leesburg before leaving to start his own business, Middleburg Printers.
He enjoyed theater and all the arts, doted on his dog, rooted hard for the Redskins, and was enamored with gardening, photography, antique guns and old muscle cars. He and Tutti also often travelled around the U.S., with occasional foreign forays, as well, and he delighted in talking about his children, his nine grandchildren and his six great grandchildren.
Vince is survived by his wife, Wallene “Tutti” Perricone of Marshall; four children from a previous marriage, Beth Dobson (Bo) of Manteo, N.C., Sandy Perricone of Lynchburg, Chris Perricone (Lisa) of Manassas and Jennifer Perricone (Donavon) of Nokesville, and two brothers, James Perricone (Janet), of Port Angeles, Wash., and Michael Perricone (Sabrina) of Springhill, Fla. He also leaves behind his faithful four-legged companion, Panda, a black lab mix.
A service to celebrate Vince’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Hill School’s Sheila C. Johnson Center of the Performing Arts. The family requests donations in his memory be sent to Middleburg Humane Society and/or A Place to Be.