Vincenzo “Jimmy” Milone, husband of Ann M. (Frontiero) Milone of Gloucester, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Feb. 5, 2017, at the age of 88 yrs. He was born in Milazzo, Sicily on July 27, 1928, son of the late Stefano and Annunciata (Piraino) Milone and came to the United States at the end of World War II.
Mr. Milone was a professional commercial fisherman for 50 years and served as a well-respected first mate on various vessels throughout the Gloucester fleet during his career. He was a member of the St. Peter’s Club where he enjoyed playing cards and drinking “highballs” with his buddies. As a committed father and husband he spent his limited, available summer days with wife, Ann and five children, either at Canobie Lake Park, camping at Harvey Lake, New Hampshire or at his beloved 4th of July family picnics at Stage Fort Park. He spent his retired years tending his vegetable garden in the “backyard” and loved every minute of it. As a lifelong Red Sox fan, he celebrated when they won and suffered with the rest of us when they didn’t, dancing around the living room as the last out was recorded and the World Series title finally came to Boston in 2004. In his last years, he entertained staff and patients at Seacoast with his renditions of traditional Italian songs and stories of his years at sea. His intense work ethic, sense of humor and engaging smile made him respected and beloved by all that he met.
Jimmy is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann; their children, son, Lt. Col. (ret) USAF Stephen and wife, Wendy of Washington, D.C.; son, Robert and wife, Bobbi of Gloucester; son, James of Gloucester; daughter, Nancy Ann Townsend and husband, Ed of Knox, Pennsylvania; and son, Anthony and his wife, Amy of Upper St. Claire, Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren, Kristen Shull and her husband, Travis of Westminster, Maryland; SSgt USMC Michael Milone and his wife, Kristin of Oceanside, California; Laura Watson of Waldorf, Maryland; Jenna Bunnell and her husband, Mark of Waldorf, Maryland; Lucy Watson of Winter Park, Florida; Madison and Maxwell Milone of Upper St. Claire, Pennsylvania; Nicholas Townsend and Edward Townsend, Jr. of Gloucester; Taylor Elizabeth and Emily Nicole Cinseruli of Gloucester; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition, he is survived by his sister, Mrs. Mary Russo of Gloucester; his brother, Rosario and wife, Loraine Milone of Magnolia; and his brother-in-law, Anthony and wife, Carol Frontiero of Eastern Point, Gloucester. In addition, Jimmy had a special fondness for his godchildren, Maria Quilenderino of Monterey, California and Connie Orlando of Gloucester.
Mr. Milone was predeceased by his mother and father, Annunziata and Stefano Milone; his brother-in-law, Mr. Stephen Russo; sister, Mrs. Phyllis Quince and husband, Vito; infant sister, Lucy Milone; and his mother and father-in-law, Katherine and Salvatore Frontiero; as well as sister-in-law and husband, Virginia and Salvatore Randazza III. His memory will be cherished forever by his family and friends. Ti amiamo papà.
His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester on Friday, February 10, at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Mass celebrated in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. Visiting Hours in the Greely Funeral Home are on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the American Lung Association of Massachusetts, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  February 7, 2017