Vincent J. Bocchino of Arlington, MA, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, January 24, 2022. He was 28.
Vincent, or Vinny as he was known to his friends and family, was born on May 2, 1993 to John and Regina (Broccoli) Bocchino. Born and raised in Mahopac, NY, he grew up playing baseball and wrestling with his younger brother Nicholas. He was part of the wrestling team at Mahopac High School, where he graduated in 2011. He went on to attend Marist College, where he graduated in 2015 with a degree in Biology. Furthering his education he attended Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA, where he graduated in 2020 with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.
After completing his board exams in 2021, Vinny accepted a Physicians Assistant position at Column Health in Arlington, MA, where he helped treat those suffering from addictions and mental health issues. While Vinny loved helping people as a Physicians Assistant, his true passion, which he shared with his father, brother, and uncles, was fishing. Whether it was in a freshwater lake in Maine or on the sandy beaches of Montauk, Vinny could be found fishing almost year-round. Vinny also pursued an interest in astrophotography, taking detailed pictures of the stars and planets during his very limited free time.
Vinny is survived by his parents, his brother Nicholas and Nicholas' fiance Racquel Piscitelli, his maternal grandmother Marie Broccoli and many family and friends. He is predeceased by his maternal grandfather Domenic Broccoli, and his paternal grandparents Vincent and Gloria (DiPol) Bocchino. He is also predeceased by his beloved pet dachshund, Shorty.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, January 30, 2022 from 2pm-6pm at ClarkAssociates Funeral Home, 4 Woodsbridge Rd., Katonah, NY. An entombment ceremony will take place on Monday January 31, 2022 at 12PM at Oak Lawn Cemetery, 1530 Bronson Rd., Fairfield, CT.
In lieu of flowers, Vinny’s family is requesting that donations be made towards a scholarship in his name, to benefit future PA students of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Vinny loved helping others more than anything else, and this scholarship will ensure that students may go on and help others in turn. Checks may be sent directly to the university, made payable to “MCPHS University,” with “The Vincent J. Bocchino PA-C Scholarship Fund” in the memo line. Checks may be sent to MCPHS University, Attn: Sue Gorman, Advancement Office, 179 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115. Pre-addressed envelopes will also be made available at the funeral home during calling hours.