Paul James Vecchio
January 27, 1948 – March 16, 2021
Paul was born in Omaha, Nebraska to James and Christine Vecchio. He grew up loving cars and owned many of them throughout his years. Paul was a master of all trades. He was a mechanic, a pipeliner, teamster, artist, writer, and poet. He spent years working in the motion picture industry and enjoyed sharing stories of his experience and all the celebrities he had the opportunity to meet. Paul took great pride in his artwork and loved sharing it with his friends and family.
He will always be remembered for his sarcasm, fighter spirit, and sharp wit. His grandchildren and close family often referred to him as “Grouchy Grandpa” or “Grouchy” for short. Anyone who knew him well knows this was a fitting nickname. But despite his smart mouth and “Grouchy” demeanor, Paul was also a lover, a jokester, and a strong man.
He came close to death a number of times in his life, surviving a liver transplant 18 years ago, and struggling with a number of health complications for years. Paul lost his battle to kidney failure following a heart attack and multiple strokes. He was in hospice and surrounded by loved ones during his final days until he passed peacefully in his sleep.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents, James and Christine; sister, Rosary (Vicky); brother, Gary; sons, Robbie and Christopher. He is survived by his life partner, Candy; daughter, Kelly; sons, Paul and Richie; step daughters: Angel, Samantha, and Summer; grandchildren: Tony, Andrea, Kayleigh, Lexi, Dylan, and Isabella: and many great-grandchildren.
MEMORIAL SERVICE following CDC guidelines: Saturday, March 20th at 10:30am at West Center Chapel. A celebration of life luncheon, after the service, to be held at Paul’s daughter Kelly’s house.