Vincent J. Principale was born on July 24th 1926 in Manhattan N.Y. He was the son of Mario Principale and Elvira Principale who were immigrants from Italy. He was the oldest of three children in a tight-knit Italian family and was raised in the Bronx.
He married Gloria, the love of his life in May of 1956, and had two children, Richard and Rita. While working he received degrees from Hunter College in New York City and a Master of Science degree from Connecticut State University. He began teaching in the Lakeland School district in New York and taught both 4th and 5th grades. Later he taught English as a second language to adults in the San Juan Capistrano school district in California.
Vincent was fluent in many languages including, Italian, Spanish and French and enjoyed conversing in these languages. Prior to moving to California in the summer of 1981 he owned, along with his wife Gloria, a real estate firm known as Country Road Realty in Putnam Valley N.Y. They moved to San Diego to start their life on the west coast then moved to San Clemente where they enjoyed 10 years of ocean views. They settled in Casta Del Sol in Mission Viejo where they have made life long friends.
Vincent was a lover of music and played the guitar for more than 60 years as well as the bass and piano. He played in both restaurants and the Wellington assisted living; he also has composed and written several songs. Although Vincent loved music, he loved his family even more.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years Gloria and his two children as well as his four grandchildren: Stefan, Gabriella, Maxx and Phoebe; and dog Peanuts. He is preceded in death by his brother Richard and is survived by his sister Juliette.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vincent’s name to
Mission Viejo Animal Shelter
Mission Viejo, CA 92692