Vincent Ramundo, who served in World War II before working in the defense industry back home while raising a family with his wife in Hicksville, died in August after complications from a fall, relatives said.
He was 96.
Though he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in the last several years of his life, Ramundo “never forgot me or his children,” said his widow, Frances, 92.
He went by “Jimmy,” was a dapper dresser who “always had a hankie,” and was blessed with a musical talent that let him “pick up any instrument and play it,” said his daughter, Fran Smith.
She said her father also liked fishing and gardening, was a Yankees fan, and was known to carry around the autograph of astronaut John Glenn.
“He always kept it in his wallet,” said Smith, 65, of Shoreham.
Ramundo met the astronaut at Northrop Grumman, where he worked for more than 25 years after his wartime service in the U.S. Army in England and France, the family said.
The New York City native was among four brothers who fought in World War II at the same time; all of them came home, relatives said.
Ramundo grew up in New York City as one of nine siblings. He and Frances began dating before the war and the two later married.
One of her favorite memories is when as a young couple living in the city, they would leave their apartment and walk across the George Washington Bridge for relief during hot weather.
Ramundo’s widow said her husband hated to fly, but she persuaded him twice to get on an airplane to take a vacation — once to visit Bermuda and once to go to Las Vegas.
She said they also took many bus trips to Atlantic City and visited Niagara Falls, including a memorable trip with their grandchildren.
At the time of Ramundo’s Aug. 26 death, the couple had been married for 69 years. He died in the Ridge home where they had moved to be near family after living in Hicksville for six decades, relatives said.
Family held Ramundo’s funeral at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church in Shoreham on Aug. 29 before his burial at Calverton National Cemetery.
Other survivors include a son, Robert Ramundo of Ridge, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.