Theodore Vaccarella

Obituary of Theodore L. Vaccarella

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Ted passed away peacefully on March 13, 2021, at the age of 81, with his sons by his side. Ted is predeceased by his mother and father, Louis J. and Lois P. Vaccarella; brother, Stephen J. Vaccarella and brother-in-law, Robert Chaffee. Ted is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Burger) Vaccarella; sons, Bradley (Candace) and Matthew (Leasa); grandsons, Shane and Logan; sister-in-law, Marion (Paul) Eldridge and niece, Kate; brother, Gerald (Sandy) Vaccarella; nieces, Jennifer Facteau (Michael) and Kristine Case (Steve), great nieces, Jocelyn and Sydney Case, nephew, Michael G. Vaccarella and great nephew, Michael Vaccarella Jr.; sister, Jean Chaffee, nephew, Joseph Chaffee (Amanda Chestnut), niece, Cheryl (Matthew) Vanderburg, great nephew, Vincent and great nieces, Nina and Ava; nephew, Rick (Amanda) Chaffee and great nephew, Robert and great niece, Elyse.

     Born in Rochester NY, Ted was a resident of the 19th ward in his youth and graduated in June of 1957 from West High School. Mr. Vaccarella received his B.A. degree from Kalamazoo College in Michigan.  Upon graduation in 1961 Ted attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and was commissioned an Ensign in the U. S. Navy at the end of his training.  He was stationed all over the world including Vietnam during that conflict. Ted served five years in the Navy and became one of the youngest officers ever to become an Executive Officer of a ship (U.S.S. Hissem).  After the Navy, Mr. Vaccarella began his civilian career with General Dynamics Corporation, continued at Strong Pediatrics department, and retired from LECESSE Construction in 2005. 

Highlights of Ted’s life include earning the rank of Eagle Scout along with his brothers, becoming Cubmaster of Troop 156 in the 1980’s as his sons were scouts; attending reunions every few years with his fellow Navy U.S.S. Hissem wardroom members; becoming President of the Rochester Numismatic Association in 2008 and Numismatist of the Year in 2015; restoring an antique car; tracing his family history back over 1000 years to share with his family; and becoming a grandpa to his two grandsons who always brought out his warm, bright smile.

Ted’s visitation will be on Sunday, March 28th from 1:00-4:00 pm at the funeral home, 21 South Main St. Churchville, NY 14428, please go below to reserve time to be with the family. Per NYS rules, everyone must wear a mask.

The funeral service will be held privately.


In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to one of Ted’s favorite charities, such as Wounded Warriors, United States Navy Memorial, Wilmot Cancer Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Boy Scouts of America, or one of the many charities that he gave to over the years. 

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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Walker Brothers Funeral Home Inc.
21 South Main Street
Churchville, New York, United States
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