BOTTINO, VINCENT J.

A funeral mass was offered Aug. 2 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, Bayonne, for Vincent J. Bottino, 63, of Bayonne. He passed away July 28 surrounded by his  family. He was the son of the late Vincent F. and Elaine A. Bottino; husband of 42 years to Toni Bottino; father of Stacy Mark and her husband John, Melissa Fava and her husband Andrew, and Vincent Craig Bottino and his wife Jenna; brother of George J. Bottino and his wife Lou, John Bottino, Elle McComb, Gina Marie Ahern and her husband John, Mark Anthony Bottino and his wife Dee Dee and the late Frederick Dwayne Bottino; grandfather of Daniel and John Vincent Mark, Emily and Drew Fava, and Brooklyn and Vincent Chase Bottino. Vincent is also survived by friends Debby and Teak Mattiello and Red Kubert and many nieces, nephews and friends. Born and raised in Bayonne, Vinny Bottino was a pillar in the Bayonne Community. Vinny along with his wife Toni took over his family business, The Big Apple Sports Palace and Restaurant, established by his parents in 1976. The short version of the bar’s story is about seeing his family, friends, and neighbors grow up around the establishment. Through the years, so many important family milestones happened and were celebrated at the Big Apple. Vinny was known by everyone as a hard worker who always went above and beyond to help anyone in need. The Big Apple supported all the local sports organizations including the PAL, Bayonne High School, Bayonne Youth Soccer Association (BYSA), Bayonne Little League, and Bayonne Cal Ripken (to name a few). Vincent was an avid fan of the New York Giants, the New Jersey Devils and the New York Yankees. One thing he always prided himself in was to give back to the community and especially the children of Bayonne. Vinny was quoted saying, ‘Sometimes I think about leaving here, but then I think, nah, my heart’s here in Bayonne.’ Vinny honestly felt he was the epitome of George Bailey and this was his “Wonderful Life” Vinny received many accolades throughout his life but never expected any of them. He simply did things because he enjoyed helping people. After 40 years in business, Vinny and Toni decided to retire to spend quality time with their children and grandchildren, the true joys of their lives. Services arranged by the Caiola-Stellato Funeral Home, Bayonne.