Vincent James Potestio, 80, passed away on Feb. 25, 2013, due to complications with cancer. Vince was born on Nov. 2, 1932, to Anthony J. and Justine (Gagliardi) Potestio in Trinidad, Colo. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol; children, Sean (Tammy) McCann, Cynthia (Egor) Hunka, Toni (Jack) Potestio and Anthony Potestio; grandchildren, Melissa and Nicole McCann, Dominic and Anthony DeCono and Matthew Rice; great-grandson, Victor McCann; brother, Eugene (Bette) Potestio; sister, Diane Potestio; and loyal friend, Jake. Preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kathleen Potestio. Vince was a Corporal in the US Army during the Korean War, serving from 1953-1955. He was the owner of the Avondale Arapahoe from 1964-1991. After retirement, Vince spent his time doing what he loved, farming and being an advocate for his community. He was a member of the Pueblo County Zoning Board for 8 years, Retired President of the Pueblo County Farmers Union, a member of the Restoration Advisory Board from 2004-2013, the American Legion Post No. 2 and a lifetime member of the Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society. The family gives special thanks to Dr. Thomas Gaide and Rachel Perricone and to Dr. Atul Vahil. At Vince's request, there will be no viewing. Rosary, 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, followed by the Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1145 Aspen Rd., with Rev. Fr. Matthew Wertin officiating. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Building Fund. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. With Vince’s role on the Resoration Advisory Board, I had the pleasure of speaking with him on a routine basis. He was a strong advocate for the community and provided valuable feedback towards the cleanup process. Vince was always a pleasure to talk with about a multitude of subjects. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family.

  2. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Vincent’s family. I didn’t know Vincent very long, but enjoyed our conversations as I loaded hay. Vincent knew my Grandfather, and I was able to learn more about him through our reminiscing.

  3. We had the pleasure of meeting this fine gentleman and his lovely wife a few years back when they purchased a tractor from us. Our most sincere sympathy to Carol and the family.

    Craig and Lori Green – Branson, Colorado

  4. My deepest sympathy to the family for your loss I hadn’t seen Vince for quite sometime but what a pleasure it was knowing him,His dad Tony and my dad Louis ‘Pep’ Mauro were very close friends and even farmed together back it the 1930’s .Are thought’s are with you Linda & Larry Mauro Parker Co.

  5. Vince, a gentleman, a man with great work ethic, integrity, and a pleasure to know growing up in Avondale. I have great memories of him, always a pleasure to see him and Carol. I will miss him. My condolences to the family .

  6. I served with Vince on the Restoration Advisory Board for the last few years and I was always so impressed and in awe of his quick wit and his keen and perceptive questions. He had a way of getting past all the BS and technobabble to keep the focus on the real issues, without being abrasive, unfriendly or rude. He was such a font of knowledge about the local area and its history. A straightshooter, and so damn smart and funny. I greatly admired Vince and he has taught me a lot, lessons I will always carry with me. Vince will not be forgotten by this gal and he will be greatly missed on the RAB. My most sincere condolences to the Potestio family.

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