Aug. 21, 1931 – Nov. 18, 2013
Shortly before Richard C. Vivacqua died Monday in the Hospice inpatient unit in Cheektowaga, one of his daughters took a walk in a hallway at the facility.
Mr. Vivacqua’s loved ones had been at his Hospice bedside for 12 days, but until his daughter’s walk, no one had noticed his name on a plaque at the facility recognizing those who had contributed money to help build the inpatient unit.
When Lydia Brenner returned from her walk, she mentioned the plaque to her mother, who had no idea he had made the contribution.
That was a trait of his: He gave quietly.
Mr. Vivacqua, an Amherst resident, died after a long illness. He was 82.
He was born in Rochester to Italian immigrants. After graduating in 1949 from Aquinas Institute in Rochester and moving to the Buffalo area in 1955, he built a successful insurance business.
He operated Vivacqua & Co. until his son, Richard, purchased the business from him.
Mr. Vivacqua won various insurance industry awards through his career. He retired in 2003.
He was one of the founding members of St. Gregory the Great Parish in Amherst, where he was active in the Home School Association, Catholic Charities and the Holy Name Society.
He was a past president of Park Country Club and a former member of the Buffalo Club.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Louise Garofalo; a son, Richard J.; four daughters: Rosemarie Foulds, Lydia Brenner, Kathryn Anderson and Susan Grubb; and 12 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.