Vincent S. Vendice, 91, of Pocasset died at home December 4.
He was the husband of Claire Vendice.
He was born in Medford, the son of Louis Vendice and Eleonora (DeNapoli) Vendice, both of whom had immigrated from Italy.
After graduating from Medford High School, he enlisted in the National Guard and US Army Reserves and served until his honorable discharge in 1953.
During and after Mr. Vendice’s service in the National Guard, he completed training as a welder. He began work as a contractor for Park L. Davis Company and was hired out to The Boston Globe. He eventually became a full-time employee of the Globe and ran the company’s sheet metal shop for more than 50 years, solving complex design tasks and engineering one-of-a-kind solutions and workarounds for any and all challenges and roadblocks that arose in the day-to-day operation of a major newspaper company.
He and his wife raised their family in Newton, with summers spent in Newport, Rhode Island, and then Pocasset. When Mr. Vendice retired from the Globe in 2012, at the age of 82, the couple moved to Pocasset permanently.
During his retirement he enjoyed gardening—raising vegetables and tending to his peach tree and Easter lilies—and gifting fresh fruits and vegetables to family, friends and neighbors. An accomplished cook, he was fond of preparing Italian food.
Mr. Vendice had the ability to make something he found interesting on his own, as well as to fix and craft things such as stained glass windows, household improvements, boating hardware, and more. One such project found him creating for his Cadillac convertible a custom cooler housed under the hood that delivered a perfectly mixed scotch and water through a spigot mounted in his ashtray, and a turntable in the glove box to play his favorite records.
He had joined the Clipped Wings Ski Club in 1959 and through this membership took multiple trips to the Italian and Swiss Alps.
In addition to his wife, he leaves four daughters their spouses, Beth Vendice and Alan Quaglieri, Jean Vendice and Edward Sondey, Jennifer and Robert Vey, and Nancy Vendice and Christopher Southwood; his brother, Louis Vendice; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Padenski.
Funeral services will be private.