Vincent J. DeMaria

Vincent J. DeMaria

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Vincent Joseph DeMaria entered the wonderful gates of heaven on the evening of April 29, 2022. He died peacefully in his sleep on his favorite chair. He courageously fought lung cancer and other illnesses for the past six years.

Vincent was born on March 17, 1935, to Michele and Vittoria Farnararo DeMaria in a small town outside Florence, Italy. Vincent and his family emigrated to America in June 1947.

Vincent came from New York to South Carolina in 1978, and retired in 2000 as Plant Engineer at Blue Ridge High School.

He is survived by his best friend, buddy and wife, Marguerite; his children: Vincent (Terrie), Nina, Thomas (Eva), and Sandra; son-in-law, Christopher Swalm; five beautiful grandchildren: Sarah DeMaria (Will Price), Mark DeMaria, Olivia Swalm, Vittoria Swalm and Matteo DeMaria; great-grandchild, Calvin Francis DeMaria-Price; sister-in-law, Eva DeMaria; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his two brothers, Antonio and Francesco, and his sister-in-law, Jacqueline DeMaria.

Since 1979 Vincent was a member of the First Presbyterian Church Greer, and each day he thanked God for all the many blessings.

The family gratefully thanks his care teams for the last six years who saw that he received the best treatment and care, and his caregivers: Dana Fox, Pam Messer, Gemma Hearts, Anna O’Connor and Emily Huff (his other daughter) who was at his side for four years.

On the morning of Friday, May 13th, a private family service will be held at the DeMaria home conducted by Rev. Will Shelburne. “A Celebration of Life” will be held later Friday from 3-6 p.m.

Donations in memory of Vincent may be made to The Sierra Club, 211 Webster Street, Suite 1250, Oakland, CA 94612 or National Audubon Society 225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014.

Online condolences may be made at

The Greer Citizen

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Phone: 1-864-877-2076

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