James C. Vagliardo
ONEONTA — James C. Vagliardo, 89, of Oneonta, passed peacefully into eternal rest after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at his residence.
He was born on March 14, 1924, in Oneonta, the son of Giuseppe and Concetta (Sarano) Vagliardo.
He married Dominica “Mimi” Vaccaro on June 1, 1946, and she predeceased him on May 16, 2005.
Jim served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a machine gunner in Central Europe, Northern France and the Rhineland. While proudly serving his country, he received the greatest reward a soldier could earn, a commendation from Lt. General George S. Patton recognizing him for his fortitude and conspicuous bravery defending the field against a German attack of multiple aircraft.
Jim retired in 1985, as a crane operator for the D&H Railroad in Oneonta where he was employed for 43 years.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, American Legion Post 259, and a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1260.
He is survived by his children, Joseph Vagliardo of Oneonta, John Vagliardo and his wife, Sherry of Oneonta, Concetta Vagliardo of Latham and Louis Vagliardo and his wife, Karen of Oneonta; four grandsons, William, Vincent and Jared Vagliardo of Oneonta and Shane Vagliardo of Florida; a brother, Carmen Vagliardo Sr. of Winter Haven, Fla.; and a sister, Rosalie Simmons of Oneonta; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, he was predeceased by a grandson, Jason; his brothers, Charles, Louis, Paul and Joseph Vagliardo; a niece; and also his goddaughter, Charlene Vagliardo; and daughter-in-law, Debra Vagliardo.
A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in St. Mary’s Church with the Rev. Bernard Ampong, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, at which time the family will be in attendance.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting the website at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.