Vincent A. Messina, 64, of 103 Sturges St., Jamestown, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday (July 18, 2013), in the UPMC Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa.
A lifelong area resident, he was born April 4, 1949, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of the late Carl A. and Sara Roselle Messina.
Vince was a 1967 graduate of Jamestown High School, and was a member of the very first graduating class from the WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology. In earlier years, he was a senior radiologic technologist at the Tri-County Hospital in Gowanda. He also served in the New York Army National Guard for several years.
Vincent A. Messina
Before his retirement this past May, he was employed by WCA Hospital for 34 years, retiring as senior radiologic technologist and head of the CT Scan and special procedures department.
He was a communicant of Holy Apostles Parish at St. John Catholic Church, where he served on the parish council in past years. He was also a member of the Conewango Valley Country Club, Warren, Pa., serving on the board of directors, the War Vets Recreation Club, a former member of the Gowanda Rotary Club and formerly served on the board of directors at South Hills Country Club.
He will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and "papa." He loved spending time with his family, going on family vacations and enjoyed his many trips to the Caribbean. His greatest passion, aside from his professional career, was the game of golf. He took great pride in his accomplishments and the awards he received in many golf tournaments, especially achieving a hole-in-one at South Hills Country Club.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, the former Kathleen Raineir, whom he married March 20, 1971; two sons: Andrew C. (Michelle) Messina of Concord, Ohio, and Martin V. (Lori) Messina of Lakewood, N.Y.; three grandchildren: Anthony Martin Messina and Sophia Marie Messina, both of Concord, and Lucy Kathleen Messina of Lakewood; and his brother, Carl R. Messina of Jamestown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Apostles Parish at St. John Catholic Church. The Rev. Dennis W. Mende, pastor, will be celebrant.
Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. Monday in the Lind Funeral Home where a Christian Wake Service will be led at 3:45 p.m. Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, NY 14702-0840.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Vince at www.lindfuneralhome.com.