It is with much great sadness that I relay the news of the passing of our club’s first President
and founder Vito LoPiccolo. The checkered flag waved for Vito yesterday morning as he passed away with his family at his side. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire LoPiccolo family at this time. Many years ago when I was asked to become a member of the board for MARFC Vito was the first to tell me that it would be a great learning experience and he was right.
Then when I became President of the club back in 1999 he was there again to encourage me forward and let me know that he was behind me 100%. After the first couple of terms as President I was speechless when Vito told me of how proud he was that a club that he didn’t think would last for more than five or ten years make it to 40 years because I was able to bring the club into the next century and build it up stronger than ever.
Now this past January when we held our 50th Annual Awards Banquet and to have Vito there to give an outstanding speech was just fantastic. Not only to have Vito there but to have the other founding fathers Willis Flokstra and the Lewis family on hand made the night a very memorable one for everyone.
I know that after Vito’s wife Barbara passed back a few years ago It hit him hard and now he stands beside her near the throne of God now and forever more.
“God’s Speed Vito” Our Beloved Friend and Mentor!
Funeral arrangements for Vito are pending at this time. We will update you as soon as we can!