Obituary of Vincent A. Tacci
Vincent Anthony Tacci, DDS
Rochester - On March 15, 2020, the world lost a great man. Dr. Vincent Anthony Tacci (11/22/1928 - 03/15/2020) passed away with the grace, dignity, and comfort of being surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, godfather, brother, friend and dentist. Born in Rochester, NY in 1928, to Ignazio and Anna Tacci, "Vince" attended Jefferson High School, the University of Rochester, and the University of Buffalo School of Dentistry.
After serving honorably in the United States Army, he returned to Rochester to practice dentistry, which he would do for over fifty years. Always carrying himself with a "quiet correctness", Dr. Tacci was one of those very few individuals who was able to achieve "greatness" through a simple, yet remarkable and unwavering goodness toward others. He was completely devoted to his family, and he was always present for his wife, children and grandchildren, supportive in everything they did. "Doc Tac" became the source of a countless number of indelible, happy memories for his family and friends. He was renowned as a gentle and compassionate dentist, who would go out of his way to assure the comfort of his patients, and tending to literally anyone in need. He was a genuinely warm and giving person, always putting the needs of others ahead of his own. Many wonderful individuals, too numerous to list, considered him to be one of their very best friends.
Sadly, he was predeceased in 1985 by his wife, childhood sweetheart, life partner and soulmate, Rita F. Tacci. He was also predeceased in 2014 by his spirited and ever-jovial son Carl J. Tacci, in 2006 by his brother Sam, and in 1999 by his brother Joe. He is survived by his daughter Joanne (Joe) Profetta, son James Anthony (Robyn) Tacci, and grandchildren Vincent (Alissa) Profetta, James Clark Tacci and Jacqueline Eve Tacci. He is also survived by his brother Carl (Linda) Tacci of Herndon, VA, numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, godchildren, and a second wife, Rita Buhite-Tacci.
In light of recent health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, and because Vince spent his life giving of himself to everyone, while at the same time never wanting to inconvenience anyone, his family knows that he would never want to put anyone in harm's way in order to attend his memorial service. Therefore, his immediate family will hold a private burial this week. A larger memorial mass and celebration of life will be held at a later date, with details to be announced at that time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Rochester Medical Center, "In memory of Vincent A. Tacci".