Vincent Louis Promuto

Vincent Louis Promuto

Vincent Louis Promuto

June 08, 1938~June 01, 2021

Vincent Louis Promuto, 82, passed away surrounded by his loving family on June 1, 2021.

Born in the Bronx, NY, Vince was a graduate of Mt. St. Michael Academy and the College of the Holy Cross. He was loyal alumnus throughout his life and a member of each school’s Hall of Fame. At Holy Cross, Vince was an outstanding football player and holds the NCAA record for recovering eight fumbles in a game against arch rival Boston College. His team also upset Cotton Bowl bound Syracuse University at Syracuse’s Archbold Stadium.

Vince was drafted by the NFL in 1960 and played his entire eleven year career as a right guard for the Washington Redskins. His play merited multiple Pro Bowl selections and recognition on the All Time Washington Redskins as well as Ring of Honor places at RFK Stadium and FedEx Field. During his NFL career, Redskins owner Edward Bennett Williams, also a Holy Cross graduate, encouraged Vince to attend American University Law School from which he graduated with distinction. Williams was so pleased, he also arranged for Vince’s teammates Pat Richter, Brig Owens and Len Hauss to attend law school while with the team. In Vince’s last year in the NFL, he played for fellow New Yorker, Vince Lombardi, and was his team captain. He never forgot Lombardi’s leadership and motivational gifts.

After retirement from the NFL, Vince began his legal career as a member of the Washington and New York bars. He clerked for a Federal Judge in Washington, was appointed an Assistant US Attorney and became the first Director of Public Affairs for the newly formed Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Vince left Washington in 1972 to take over his late father’s private sanitation business in the Bronx. His strategic vision reshaped the company to include the development of a rail served waste transfer station at a 14 acre site on the confluence of the Harlem River and Hell’s Gate in the Bronx. Vince’s companies in NYC became the first to be acquired by Waste Management in the 1990’s and his Bronx transfer station became the winner of the first New York City bid to export its waste by rail. New York City is now Waste Management’s largest customer. Vince’s contribution to efficiency and air quality by getting trucks off the streets has been recognized by industry leaders such as Bill Hulligan, Mickey Flood, Jim O’Connor and Anthony Farina.

Since 1992, Vince and his wife Alexis have resided in Fort Lauderdale, FL on their yacht, ALEXIS ll. They have enjoyed the companionship at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club and many adventurous trips throughout the Caribbean. Never ones to rest easy, Vince was a licensed 100 ton Captain.

Vince is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Alexis, his children, Karen (Lloyd), Vaux, Louis (Rose), grandsons Vincent & Zachary (Rachel), brother Sal & his children & grandchildren, sister Marie, brother-in-law Carl (Connie) & his children, and “adopted son” Maurizio.

Contributions may be made in his memory to: Salvation Army or St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial

St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, Rev PJ Naughton Officiating

  • June 15, 2021
  • 10:30 am
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  • 4595 Bayview Drive
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308


Sandy Attermeyer

June 2, 2021, 5:06 pm

So sorry to hear about Vinnie. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him. Our sincere condolences to you and the family Alexis. Sandy and Don Attermeyer

Bruce Stanas

June 3, 2021, 8:56 am

On behalf of Robert Boucher, Anthony Farina, and all of the folks at WIN Waste Innovations, we offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Vince.

jerry boss

June 4, 2021, 7:22 pm

was great working an knowing you while at BNDD/DEA task force. Jerry boss retired NYSP/DEA

Anita Ditrano

June 4, 2021, 8:19 pm

Alexis… and prayers to a friend of ours and the Mount…a most loving, caring and good guy….🙏💕🌺🏇🏿

Louis Diaz

June 5, 2021, 12:44 pm

I knew Vincent back at the NY
DEA office. We use to work out together at our gym.
Vince was a hulk of a man a man’s man a real stand up guy.
Was really looking forward to reconnecting with him when I just learned of his demise. I am very upset that I didn’t try sooner.
It was a pleasure and so rewarding to know him. May he forever rest in the loving arms of our Lord.
My deepest condolences to his family.
Lou Diaz

Dr. John J. Coleman (Retired DEA Assistant Administrator)

June 5, 2021, 2:16 pm

I worked with Vince when he was at DEA Headquarters. He was always a friendly face, big smile, and a cheerful greater no matter what. Like Vince, I grew up in New York City and knew the area of town that he helped to rehabilitate. As you might imagine, it was far distant in “charm” from a place like the Coral Ridge Yacht Club. Kudos to Vince for doing well for NYC while improving the enviornment. While it’s sad to note his passing, it nice to know he was able to enjoy life to the fullest in his later years with his family and friends. It was an honor to cross life’s path knowing Vince. May he rest in peace.

Angela Marroccoli

June 5, 2021, 10:18 pm

Dear Alexas & family. So many years of friendship sad and great times. This we recognize as our lives we must accept. I know who is with Vinney, all his wonderful family who we loved.
Our sympathy to all Angela Tom Marroccoli.

Ron Gutkowski

June 6, 2021, 9:56 am

Vince was an inspiration to all of us young kids in Worcester. We were all proud of his progression into the NFL.
As kids without a dine, we would sneak into Fitton Field to watch Vince, our idol!!!
Gone, but not forgotten!!!
Kids of the 50’s/60’s


June 6, 2021, 4:01 pm

He was a wonderful person. He truly lived life to the fullest.

Frank gagliano

June 7, 2021, 12:38 pm

My deepest sympathy to the Vin promuto
Families ! A fantastic HS teammate and friend. A great HS , college , pro football player ! A man who cared about people off the playing field !
Miss you Vin , Frank gagliano QB class 1955

Jim Fatigate

June 7, 2021, 12:43 pm

Sorry to hear of his passing. Great person,ball player and roll model. His legend will live on for all those Mount alumni who were ever lucky enough to make his acquaintance. RIP my brother.

Joe and Terri Cantu

June 7, 2021, 1:16 pm

We are truly saddened to learn of Vinnie’s passing; what a great guy and family. We always enjoyed the adventures we shared with Vinnie and Alexis – all so remarkable and memorable. Vinnie had the biggest heart and was a great man. Alexis, our prayers of sympathy are with you.

Br Patrick McNamara fms

June 7, 2021, 1:36 pm

May Vince rest in peace with all of his loving family and friends. We Marist Brothers are forever grateful to Vince for all his care, support, and generosity for the Mount family and for us.
May Mary, our good mother, watch over him and his family.

Bob Fury

June 7, 2021, 2:02 pm

It was a long time ago I convinced you to throw the javelin at Saint Michael, and the story started. I will miss you. My condolences to the family. See you in heaven Vinny.

Kevin Kundmueller

June 7, 2021, 2:10 pm

my sincerest condolence. I just last week attended my Mount St Michael, Class of ’71 50th reunion dinner and since I played football Vince’s name came up in conversation time and time again. I true legend for us who attended MTSM and we are forever grateful for the legacy he left for us to live up to. May God bless his soul and all of his wonderful family

Bernard J. Prendergast

June 7, 2021, 2:44 pm

Alexis and Family: I am very sorry on hearing about the passing of Vinnie. I remember him well in my class at the Mount and graduated with him in 1956. May the Lord be with you all in your sorrow and always.- Sincerely, Bernie Prendergast

John Bourne

June 7, 2021, 2:46 pm

Rest in peace to a Mount legend. As a fellow Mountie, I followed your extraordinary footbal career and always admired your professionalism and dedication to the sport. You will be long remembered by all and especially by your fellow Mount grads.

Angela James

June 7, 2021, 2:46 pm

Our most sincere condolences to his family and to Mount Alumni. May he live in Eternal Peace.

The Family of Allan James , Mountaineer — class of 2021.

Bernard J. Prendergast

June 7, 2021, 2:58 pm

My deepest sympathy to Alexis and family. I remember Vinnie well in my High School years at the Mount and in my class of 1956. May the Lord be with you all in your sorrow and always.- Bernie Prendergast

Dr. Anthony Miserandino

June 7, 2021, 3:06 pm

Dear Alexis and family,
Vince was a proud graduate of Mount Saint Michael Academy in June of 1956. His professional accomplishments are a testimony to his ability to set an example through hard work and dedication. His generosity of spirit and strong leadership allowed him to be elected as the captain by his teammates and honored with the distinctive award and recognition as a “Legend of the Mount” at his favorite school!

His generosity and support of Mount Saint Michael Academy were demonstrated over many years where he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and led many highly successful financial activities that ensured the future of the Mount.

I am grateful for his personal support and loyalty to me when I served as President of the Mount. Please know that Barbara and I will treasure the times we spent visiting with you and Vince. He will be in our prayers and our thoughts.

Dr. Anthony Miserandino

Tom Pizzo

June 7, 2021, 3:41 pm

Tom Pizzo , class 1957 . I was with Vinny when he was a sophomore and I was a freshmen walking in the school hall as he mowed down all in his way . A brother reprimanded him and suggested he go play football if he was so tough . He did , the rest is history . What a player , what a man , what a role model he became , Rest In Peace , Cus .

The Castillo’ family!

June 7, 2021, 4:20 pm

Rest In Peace Vince!
You did a tremendous job at Mount Academy! The legacy is there to all ours mountaineer 🙏🏼🙌🏼
God Bless your family!

Hank Nolin. Class of 1971. Mt St Michael

June 7, 2021, 4:23 pm

I first bumped into Vince at the st Patrick’s cathedral funeral mass for Vince Lombardi. A buddy and I skipped school to attend the funeral. We ended up sitting behind Vince promuto and ray nitchke. We were both from mount st Michael. We were in awe of sitting with these giants of the nfl. At the time I did not know Vince was a
Mount graduate.

Fast forward to 2009 and a reunion held by Vince and his wife in ft lauderdale. Was I impressed then? Just as much as I was in 1970.
Vince remembered those two kids sitting behind him at the funeral. I grew to love and admire him each time we had an alumni reunion at his place.

John Larkin

June 7, 2021, 4:28 pm

Vince used his life to do good and was a great example for all of us. Coach Howie Smith asked him to speak to our MSM football team one season and it’s always a positive experience to hear from someone who played before you.
May God grant him, Alexis and the family peace of mind, body, heart soul and spirit.
John Larkin ‘67

Jim Ryan

June 7, 2021, 6:59 pm

Vinnie was a champion in every sense of the word. He began at the Mount as a gang banger from Buhre Avenue and quickly transformed himself into a scholar-athlete. It was my pleasure to have watched him develop in high school and a quiet joy to read and hear about his accomplishments afterwards. May he Rest In Peace.
—Jim Ryan ‘56

Bill Velto

June 7, 2021, 8:01 pm

Vince put The Mount on the map and kept it there. 1st met him in the streets of Pelham Bay when he would stop and say hello to us young kids playing stickball. He impressed us with his kindness and was one of the reasons I went to the Mount.
Rest In Peace Vince !
Bill Velto “68”

Paul Tammaro 56

June 7, 2021, 9:40 pm

Attended Mount Saint Michael 1952 thru 1956 with Vince. My condolences to his family.

Steven Castellano

June 8, 2021, 7:16 am

I was introduced to the legend of Vincent Promuto as soon as I walked on the football field at the Mount in 1965. A nervous know nothing kid so profoundly impacted by such a special story of Vince growing up a Bronx boy going to the Mount and then to becoming an NFL star. In time, I also learned what a special person he truly was. He was not only a great Mount alumni but even more a truly beautiful person. He will be missed. My condolences for his family and many friends.

Emilio Skip Garcia

June 8, 2021, 9:46 am

I spent numerous afternoons in the 70s at DEA NY Gym with Vincent. We spoke regularly about OC crime in NYC and his years growing up in the Bronx and how my Alma mater St Francis Prep beat the Mount.
May you rest in Peace my dear friend. I know your up there in heaven working out.

Peter H. Baker

June 8, 2021, 10:20 am

I roomed across the hall from him in Freshman year at Holy Cross. He was a street smart kid from the Bronx. I was a kid from the sheltered life of a suburb of Boston. I think he thought I came from outer space, but he was an original, one of life’s real gentlemen. We were not close but he was always friendly. A great human being.

Gerry Franciosa

June 8, 2021, 12:23 pm

If you had a choice Vince was always the go to guy to watch your back…as intimating as Vince appeared he was really a gentle soul who liked to live life to its fullest…I was fortunate to know and work with Vince back in the day of true drug law enforcement…although Vince’s career in DEA was short he was truly an asset to his fellow DEA workers…and my remembrances will last a lifetime because you don’t get to meet a guy like Vince too often…I’m Truly sadden by Vince’s departure and May his soul Rest In Peace…
Gerry Franciosa

Sam Meale

June 8, 2021, 1:44 pm

I knew Vince from New York and always enjoyed his stories and sense of humor; he loved coming to the gym to chat with the Special Agents and I believe all the NY DEA people loved and respected him.
Condolences to his family who will certainly miss him.

John C. Wirth, Jr.

June 8, 2021, 2:47 pm

A giant has left the playing field of life. However, his memory will forever remain with his classmates and The College of the Holy Cross. My condolences to Alexis and the entire Promuto family.
Two past memories quickly come to mind. I attended Cardinal Hayes High School and witnessed Vince’s football prowess each year on Thanksgiving Day as Hayes struggled with him and the rest of the Mount
St. Michael football team. Little did I expect that he would someday continue his football career at Holy Cross and we would be classmates. The second memory is that of my young sons who once challenged Vince to an arm wresting contest. He made them believe it was difficult for him to beat them. One of the many examples of his kind and gentle spirit. Rest in peace Vince.

Tom Caruso

June 8, 2021, 2:52 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with his family. A larger than life man for sure!

John Bartels

June 8, 2021, 2:56 pm

Vince was larger than life – a huge heart filled with love, and joy – he changed the lives. Of all who knew him.. It was an honor to be his friend. God bless Alexis and his famiy. You are in our thoughts aaa long as we live.

Nick Rao

June 8, 2021, 11:58 pm

I remember him coming to the Mount in early summer for his workouts before going to training camp with the Redskins. He was inspiring to watch and he was so helpful to us young Mounties who gathered to workout. We will miss you. May Jesus meet you in heaven with arms wide open, welcoming you to paradise.

Elayne and Seth Glick

June 9, 2021, 9:00 am

Alexis…Seth and I send our deepest sympathy and love. One of my fondest memories of Vinnie is when he played in Philly. My Mother would stuff him with lots of her wonderful Italian dishes. He would visit the nights before his games, bringing players and scouts too. He was a great man, who was loved by anyone who met him. Sending hugs…

Kathleen Kennedy

June 9, 2021, 1:28 pm

I am proud to have met and become friends with Vince. We enjoyed talking about sports, especially football. I’m saddened to learn of his homegoing but I’m grateful that our paths crossed. He was truly one of the good guys. The world is a lesser place without him. Be easy Vince until we meet again.

ron mastriana

June 9, 2021, 1:51 pm

Ron Mastriana
I have been friends and his counsel for so many years I can’t remember.
he was always a good guy and would call often just to find out what we were doing.
he always wanted to do what was right even when people took advantage of him.
I loved Vince because he always wanted to do what was right and help whoever he could.
I will miss you my friend!

Ron Mastriana

June 9, 2021, 2:00 pm

Vini– i will miss you my friend.
you have always been a good friend over the many years we have known each other.
we had some great times and some crazy issues which I always loved the way you would address problems.
I will never forget when my youngest son,Francesco , shook your had when you were introduced to each other. Francesco ” papa I never saw a hand as big as Vini- he must have been a great OT or DT”
but what a sweet heart.
Vini – we had some great times–love you !!

Constance Prowant

June 9, 2021, 4:40 pm

Peter and I wish to give our condolences 💐 to Alexis and family. Vinnie always had a twinkle in his eye like a mischievous little boy. Peter and I wish we could have talked to him more at the yacht club and gotten to know him better. He was truly one of the nice guys at the club and that is saying a lot. I’m sure he’s having a hell of a good time right now on the other side.

Santa Contarino Kelly

June 9, 2021, 5:26 pm

Gonna miss you kid. Great childhood memories visiting your family, in the Bronx.

Joseph Wucher

June 10, 2021, 3:58 pm

Joseph Wucher ’56
Sad to read about another member of the class of ‘56 passing away. It bring back joyful memories followed by sadness. I will remember him and his family in my daily prayers at mass. He is now enjoying his time with the risen Christ.
My condolences to his family.

Nick Cordell

June 10, 2021, 8:14 pm

We were Classmates at Holy Cross and I was from the Midwest. I took courses in understanding foreign languages such as “Bronx” and “South Boston”. O Kane Hall was and still is a great learning experience. Vinnie gave me some great memories of Holy Cross.
Thank you and God Bless.
Nick Cordell

Mike Santa Maria

June 13, 2021, 8:15 pm

Mike Santa Maria Class of 1957 My deepest sympathy to Sal and the entire Promuto family Vinny was a great.guy He will be greatly missed

John Testa Sr.

June 15, 2021, 1:54 pm

Alexis, I’m truly Sorry for Your Loss. I remember those happy days with Our Families at Your home in Connecticut. Vinnie would always ask how l and My Sons were doing. He would aiways offer His help, and you knew He meant it. And the Happiness He and His player friends brought to My Family on Game wknds in Philly. They always talked of those days. I’ll never forget His kindness for Me and My Family. He is and always will be Sadly Missed. I thank Vinnie & You, Alexis for those Special Times. God Bless You and Your Family Alexis, With Love Always.

Gordon and Cassandra Earle

June 16, 2021, 7:30 pm

Alexis, we are so sorry to hear about Vinnie. As you know so well, he was a very special person. I am so pleased to have known for a short time. I think of his stories often.
Our best to you and your family.
Gordon and Cassandra Earle

Tony Pennello

June 17, 2021, 8:10 am

Alexis and Family, We met you on the Oasis of the Seas in October 2019. I said to my wife Patty “That man must have played football!” We started a conversation later that week and immediately hit it off. What a gentleman and I am quite sure a mentor to many. Alexis, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your children. Understand you both touched us. I am just sorry after being invited to your yacht that we couldn’t come for lunch as we were headed back home. May he rest in the peace of God’s hands. Love and respect, Tony and Patty Pennello. Rochester N.Y.

Carolyn Verzi Huapaya

June 17, 2021, 3:00 pm

Dear Alexis and family,
I am Carolyn Verzi Huapaya daughter of Charles Verzi.
On behalf of Marylou and Theresa Verzi and all the nieces and nephews we send our deepest sympathy.
Vince was always admired by all of us.
I personally remember Vince and all the family in the Bronx with so much love and joy.
I do recall seeing Vince at my dad’s wake…
Again our deepest sympathy and may God bless you all.

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