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