Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 17, 2019
VINCENT J. CARUSO
(1935 - 2019)
Vincent "Sonny" Caruso, 84, who has been a Virginia
resident for 46 years, passed away from pancreatic
cancer on December 13, 2019, surrounded by his family
at the home he designed.
Vince was born on May 23,1935, in Brooklyn, New York
and moved to the Washington, DC area in 1937.
After attending Gonzaga College High School (1953), he received an economic degree
from Georgetown University and later achieved his MBA from San Diego State University.
Sonny was an officer in the Air Force for 20 years as a Command Pilot, receiving a
Distinguished Flying Cross, was a Vietnam veteran and then became a Navy defense
contractor before retiring in 1999.
He enjoyed and excelled during his weekly tennis matches, golf outings and poker nights.
He loved his volunteer work with Blessed Sacrament Church, teaching CCD and coaching
tennis, and cherished his time swimming and relaxing on the beach in Florida. Vince
Caruso was a remarkable man intelligent, generous, handsome, funny, kind, affectionate,
loyal and deeply devoted to his family and his faith. He was the most loving and caring
husband, brother, father, and grandfather anyone could hope to have in their life. Sonny
met his wife Maureen when they were teenagers and spent 67 years together, living in
Europe while in the Air Force, traveling extensively overseas, and raising their three
Beloved husband and father, Vince was preceded in death by his son Stephen, and is
survived by his wife, Maureen, his son John of McLean, VA, his daughter Teresa of San
Diego, CA, his grandson Christian of McLean, VA and his sister Mary of Gilbert, AZ.
"Like stars outshine the darkest night, love outlasts a single lifetime". Vince's loss is
beyond measure. Arrivederci until we meet again in God's holy presence. We love you and
will miss you forever.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Everly Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, VA.
Visitation will take place at Everly Wheatley on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 between
6 and 9 p.m. with a rosary prayer.
A funeral mass will take place at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Alexandria, VA on
Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery,