Joseph Frank Vigilante

August 12, 1938 - August 14, 2020

Joseph Frank Vigilante, 82, resident of North Fort Myers, FL since 2006, formerly of Easton, PA, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020 in Cape Coral, FL.  Born on August 12, 1938 in Easton, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Berta Vigilante.

Joe graduated in 1956 from Easton Area High School, Easton, PA and then attended Churchman’s Business College, also in Easton. Joe enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Hospital Corpsman. He was employed

as a purchasing agent at Ingersoll-Rand and retired from ConAgra.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Carol (Auer) Vigilante of North Fort Myers; two devoted sons, Michael Vigilante (Sandy) of Lititz, PA, and David Vigilante (Katie) of Atlanta, GA; as well as four grandchildren, Alexander Vigilante (Stephanie) of Fort Myers, FL,

Taylor Mae Vigilante of Wyncote, PA, Nicholas Vigilante of Atlanta, GA, and Maxwell Vigilante, also of Atlanta, GA.

While living in Florida, Joe attended St. Therese Catholic Church in North Fort Myers. His true joy in the Sunshine State (besides the lack of snow) was his weekly golf game. Joe is famous for his hole-in-one on Hole #3 on the West Course at Del Tura Country Club.  He would always point it out as he drove by, “Did I ever tell you about the time I got a hole-in-one there?!”  Working on house projects, fiddling around in the garage, and having Happy Hour on the lanai kept him busy in retirement.  During Philadelphia Eagles games, his sons knew that their phones would be ringing since he loved to debate anything Eagles. His sayings were legendary, “Just keep backing up until you hear a crunch,” “I like red wine,” “Golf courses today are too easy,” and “It’s about damn time” and others not printable.

Joe was most proud, though, of his family. When speaking about his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren, he radiated his love for them. And that is how Joe Vigilante will be remembered.

No formal services are planned at this time; however, those wishing to honor Joe’s life by making a difference in the lives of other people with heart conditions may send contributions to: Checks: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692, Subject Line: Joseph Frank Vigilante or Online: Heart.org/donate – Click on dropdown menu: “Memorial” “Joseph Frank Vigilante”.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

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  1. Chandra Stephens-Albright Aug 18, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Your True Colors Theatre Company family sends you our love and condolences on the loss of your father. Judging from the humor and wit in his obituary, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree! We wish you and your family comfort in happy memories of a wonderful man.

  2. Eric Schroeder Aug 19, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. I would like to wish you comfort during this difficult time, and my deepest sympathies. My thoughts are with you.

  3. Nancy and Joe Binder Aug 19, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Joe was a true gem! A family man, a gentleman and a kind soul. Rest In Peace 🙏 Sincere condolences to his loving family. ❤️

  4. Denise Cicchino Aug 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    RIP Joe

    It sounds like he had a happy full filling life. Of course. He married my cousin.

    My sympathy to the family

    Denise

  5. Kevin McNamee Aug 19, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Aunt Carol, Uncle Joe and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  6. Ann Anderson Aug 20, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Carol so very sorry! You have now joined the not- so -exclusive widows club! I’m remembering all the happy times we 4 had together when Don was here too. What a fighter Joe was when his health let him down! Memories of love gives us strength! Ann❤️

  7. Michelle Hylton Aug 21, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    I loved reading about this life well-lived. May your memories continue to grow sweeter with time. You have my deepest condolences. Sending love and prayers.

  8. Clara and Eston Aug 23, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Carol, we are so sorry to hear about Joe. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time🙏🏻♥️

    Clara and Eston Morgan

  9. Dick Maurer Aug 23, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Joe was a good friend in high school and a few years after graduating. I introduced him to his wife Carol at Split Rock Lodge where we rented a cabin for the season . I was honored to be in his and Carol’s wedding party. I will always remember Joe as good and honorable person. I’m sure he will be given a good spot in heaven.

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