vincent deluca
Vincent Joseph DeLuca, of Weirton, a man who was the epitome of love, loyalty, leadership and devotion, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 26, 2020. He was 89. Vince was born on February 20, 1931, in Steubenville, OH, the firstborn child to Joseph and Rose Locascio DeLuca. He graduated from Weir High School, and in October of 1951 enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served as a staff sergeant until he was honorably discharged in 1954. When he returned to Weirton, he went to work for Weirton Steel, a career that spanned 40 years and six months. He retired as a foreman in the sheet mill. When you reflect on Vince’s life, a common theme of respect, passion, commitment, and dedication applied to every aspect. He never met a stranger, and it would not take long to know how much he loved his family and how much they loved him. He met the love of his life, Mary Ann, at his sister’s wedding, and they were married for 62 years until her passing on June 9, 2019. He would always say he was the proudest guy walking down Main Street holding the hand of the most beautiful woman in Weirton. They were blessed with four children and four grandchildren. Family was his life, and it is safe to say he probably did not miss more than a handful of events that they played or participated in for over five decades. He devoted most of his life to his children and grandchildren’s sporting activities. Vince was instrumental in expanding Weirton Baseball Association to its current location at Kings Creek. In 1974 he was elected to the board of directors of the Weirton Baseball Association, serving as President from 1982-1986. During his 48 year tenure, he established the T-Ball field, the Little League Girl’s softball program, and along with his friends, re-built the bridge leading to the complex. As a coach, Vince taught hundreds of area children the fundamentals of the game. He coached Saint Joseph the Worker Boy’s and Girl’s basketball for 30 years, and Madonna Girl’s Softball and Volleyball for four years. He was an Umpire for 53 years, where he served as the District Administrator Umpire for the State of West Virginia. He served as the Chief District Umpire for Little League Baseball and Softball, and also served as an umpire mentor and evaluator. Over the years, he had the honor of umpiring several State Championship games. He will always be remembered as a grounded, mild-mannered, and fair umpire. So fair, he would even call his grandchildren out. Vince was a member of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church and a board of director of the Strip Steel Credit Union for forty years. In addition to his parents, and his wife Mary Ann Melto DeLuca, Vince was preceded in death by his two brothers, Robert and Edward DeLuca, and his sister, Anita Castillo. He will be remembered with heartfelt love by his two sons, Vinnie and Joseph (Darcii) DeLuca; his two daughters, Linda DeLuca and Juliana DeLuca Daugherty; his four grandchildren, Christopher and Joshua Stewart and Madalena and Nina Daugherty. Due to the Covid 19 restrictions visitation at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home will be private. Mass of Chrisitian Burial will be lived streamed on Saturday at 2 pm on Saint Joseph the Worker Grade School Facebook page. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of an organization that supports Weirton youth and their activities. Video or written condolences may be shared with Vince’s family at

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  1. Please accept my condolences. Loved your dad. Always found him to be very sincere and know he loved his family so much!

  2. To the DeLuca family: I’m so very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed your parents from the time I met them with Linda many years ago until now. May God comfort you now and always. Please know we are all there in spirit. And will watch the service.

  3. What was so special to me was how Uncle Vince always had a great smile and a huge hug every time we came to visit. He always made me feel part of the family and loved! Richie loved his Uncle Vince so very much!! Rich(ie) always shared stories of his childhood with me that were funny and full of happy memories for him of his Uncle Vince!! Love and prayers to all, from the Florida Castillos & Potts

  4. A great man indeed and many wonderful memories with Mr D and family at Weirton Baseball / Softball Assoc . May he Rest In Peace . My sympathies to the entire DeLuca Family .

  5. My deepest sympathy to Julie and the Deluca Family. I knew Vince when I was a kid and a coach. Vince was an umpire in many of my games. Vince and Rich S. were my go to guys and loved when I saw them pull up to ump. He was a great guy and a proud man. Sue Fadse

  6. My deepest sympathy to the family. He was such a dear friend to us especially my dad. I have so many memories of Vince and my Dad coaching basketball, spending time at the baseball fields ,Madonna games and also all the meals together. Love you all

  7. May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Vincent Joseph DeLuca, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Air Force Veteran, Vincent Joseph DeLuca, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  8. Julie, Linda, Vinnie, and Joe, Our hearts are heavy and sad today after learning of the passing of Mr. D. Anne and I loved and respected him, and he helped me tremendously when we established and coached softball at Madonna. He’s now in the presence of the Lord and with his beloved Mary Ann. Love you all, Jim and Anne Paul

  9. Us cousins in NY are heartbroken over the loss of our sweet loving cousin Vince. We are so thankful we got to FaceTime with him while my Mom, Kevin and Adele were there visiting him. His smile will remain in our hearts forever. Sending all our thoughts and prayers to all! May he Rest In Peace. Forever in our hearts. Love, AngelaMarie, Vin, Vincent and ToniAnn

  10. Linda and Vinny, so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. He was such a nice man and I always enjoyed my time around him. Johnny Mags always kept me up to date on you guys and I wanted you to know you were in my thoughts and prayers today. Bill McCune

  11. Vinny, Linda, Julie and Joe, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. May he Rest In Peace. He is another angel along with your mom that is looking down on all of you. Mariann (Ferrari) Weimerskirch

  12. My sincere condolences to the entire DeLuca family. Rest in Peace Mr. DeLuca. The game of baseball brought us together. Your legacy will last forever. I am thankful for the opportunity of you being in my life. God Bless.

  13. Our deepest sympathy to all of the Deluca family. Your dad was a wonderful man and neighbor. God Bless Him and all of you and hold you close to his heart. He will be greatly missed. I have many fond memories of all of you but especially your mom and dad.Sending you hugs and love especially my little Julie.

  14. Vinnie, Joe, Linda, Julie my deepest sympathy. Your father was a good man and a good friend and I will always cherish his friendship. Take solace in the fact that he is now reunited with your mom – the absolute love of his life. I am so sorry we are unable to pay our respects to such a kind, genuine and caring man who will be sorely missed by the so many. May God bless you all as he welcome’s your father into his kingdom.

  15. Vince was one of the best people I’ve ever known. He could light up a room from the time he walked through the door, and Vince could always make you laugh. I hadn’t seen him for several years, but thinking of Vince would always make me smile. My heart goes out to his family in this time of loss, but this man’s spirit will live on in our memories, never forgotten.


  17. Vinnie, Praying for you and your family. Your father was a kind man. He influenced me in many ways when I saw him and spoke with him. I enjoyed the chats we had and will miss him. Wishing you and the family many blessings and hope you are all doing well.

  18. Julie. Sorry for your loss.Enjoyed sitting with him at Tom and Darlene Sessi all the games. Will miss him and still miss your Mom’s Cookies. Ton and Darlene Sessi

  19. To the DeLuca family, I have had the privilege of growing up in a time when we had great teachers, coaches and mentors and your Dad was one of the best! My fondest memories as a kid were growing up at the WBA with all the great families that helped the organization grow as it did because of men like your Dad. As a coach or umpire he always treated people with respect and always with that great smile. I’m glad I had some good conversation with him and Vinny in recent years. With upmost respect please accept my sincere condolences on your Dad’s passing. God Speed Vince DeLuca! Steve Zatezalo

  20. Dear Vinnie,Joe,Linda and Julie….my heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of you especially since we can’t physically grieve and pray together. You’re dad was the kindest most gentle man with a loyalty to family that was unsurpassed. Julie, it was great to see you at the Polish picnic last year! I’ll be praying for you all and hope that happy memories will fill your hearts with peace knowing he’s in a better place. Love, Cathy Mueller/Arango

  21. Dear Vinnie,Joe,Linda and Julie, my deepest sympathy to all of you. I have Great Memories of him from the years coaching us at St. Joes.

  22. Vinnie, Linda, Joe and Julie, I was saddened to hear of your father’s passing. I have so many fond memories of him, especially from his time as my basketball coach at St. Joseph when we won the Madonna Invitational Tournament. He was such a wonderful man and I will always be grateful for having known him and for being being one of his players and friends. You have my deepest sympathy. Dan McCune

  23. Wayne and I will always remember Vince, for his kindness in welcoming us into the Credit Union “family.”He will always be a part of our special memories over the many years.We extend our sincere condolences and trust that the fond memories of Vince, and his love for his family will comfort you in the days ahead. God Bless.

  24. I am honored that I was able to take care of your father while he was with acuity. One thing is forsure he loved his family especially his grandchildren he would tell me they were his favorite but not to tell his kids😊. You all made his birthday very special this year he talked about it for day while smiling ear to ear telling me about his party. He was such a sweet and caring man always smiling and making the days better. I’m sorry for your loss. -Ashlena

  25. Vinnie, Linda and family, Condolences on the loss of your father. He was a great man. Love to all. Doug Banda

  26. So sorry to hear of Vince’s passing. I’ll always remember his contribution to the young people of our community going way back since I was young. May God keep him give him peace.

  27. DeLuca family My sincerest condolences on your dad’s passing. One of my all time favorite people. Great friend, great mentor, and always a “go to” guy. He helped me more in my umpiring career than he ever knew. Great memories! Jay DeSantis

  28. Julie, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Please know that you will be in my prayers. May our Holy Spirit comfort you at this time. Sandi Radvansky

  29. Fond memories of mr. De Luca he was a great coach then umpire when I played. Really funny guy. Love mr. Del Luca. Funny times at kings creek field. Some of the best times of my life. Vinnie. Joe. And the girls. I loved your dad. Always fun person to be around. R. I. P. Sir. Love you guys

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