Vincent Maydan

Obituary of Vincent Maydan

Vincent Maydan, recently of Maryland but a longtime resident of Yonkers, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2017, just three days shy of his 96th birthday.

Vincent is survived by his beloved wife Irene, his sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.  He was the devoted father of Stephen (Lisette) and Gregory (Anne) and the cherished grandfather of Maria, Jack, Daniel and Edward. Vincent was predeceased by his siblings, George, Steven, Helen Wagner, William, and Mary Kozier.

When he was a boy, Vincent developed a passion for golf and became a highly skilled player. Working as a caddy at the Dunwoodie Golf Club in Yonkers, NY, prior to its transition from a private to a municipal course, Vincent’s demeanor and intelligence so impressed Mr. Keogh of a Wall Street law firm, that he offered Vincent a job in his law office on Wall Street, where he worked until being drafted.

He proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII. His travels with the Army remained a source of gratification for Vincent throughout his life. He trained for the infantry in Oklahoma and Louisiana, then in Ft. Benning, GA, and Panama for the paratroopers. He was deployed to central Europe and jumped across the Rhine River into Germany. Post-war, he served in Berlin into 1946, where he trained and worked as a clerk and stenographer—and played golf.

Upon return home, he resumed working in New York City at the Keogh law firm where he met the lovely Irene Bunce. They were married in 1951 and resided in Yonkers, where Vince took on a career at Otis Elevator Co. He was popular among his neighbors as he raised his family. His sons fondly remember legendary expressions of fatherly frustration at their youthful exuberance. Vince remained an avid golfer and won many championships at the Otis golf league and annual tournaments. In his later years, he delighted in teasing his caregivers by using his cane upside-down to putt the golf balls that he carried in his pockets. Fishing was his next passion. During his younger days, he made several trips to Canada with his father to land huge lake trout. He fished regularly with his sons in the New York reservoirs often bringing home big bass. Yet another talent was his superb abilities in the garden, producing tomatoes of unrivaled quality. His passion for good food extended to the woods, where he frequently searched for elusive morel mushrooms and to the kitchen, where his chicken salad, homemade soups, chicken wings with special UV (Uncle Vince) sauce, kielbasa, and other delicious fare never failed to delight his family.

Vince retired from Otis in 1983 and enjoyed his retirement traveling with Irene, fishing, golfing, and being with his grandchildren.

Funeral Mass on Saturday, July 8th at 9:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Yonkers. The family will be present on Friday, July 7th  from 4-8 p.m. at F. Ruggiero & Sons, Inc. – 732 Yonkers Avenue – Yonkers, NY 10704 – (914) 375-1400 – www.frswfh.com

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a Veterans organization of your choice to honor Vincent.