March 6, 1954 - Oct. 8, 2016 Vince Jerome Rosato, age 62, passed away suddenly on Oct. 8, at home in San Leandro. Vince was passionate about teaching, social justice and helping the poor. He was tireless in making a difference in people's lives. He liked to have fun and socialize, and he kept up with a huge group of friends. He was a man of many interests with boundless energy and an enthusiasm for life that was unsurpassed. He was loved and respected by many people, all of whom will miss him greatly. Vince was born in Huntington Park, on March 6, 1954. He moved to Vacaville in 1955 with his parents, Santo and Virginia Rosato, and his brother Victor. He attended grade schools in Vacaville until he decided to study for the priesthood and entered the St. Pius X Seminary in Galt. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles in 1977 and a Master of Divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He was ordained as a Claretian priest on March 20, 1982, in St. Mary's Church, Vacaville. After he was ordained, he served in various parishes and capacities, including two years in the Vatican. He spent two years as a financial consultant and Director of Administration at Energy Services Corp. in Bellevue, WA. Vince next decided to change careers and go into full-time teaching. From 1991-1997 he taught at the Reignierd School and special education subjects at Milestones for Development in Vallejo. He moved on to St. Joseph School in Fremont, and Searles Elementary School in Union City. He married the love of his life, Usha, in 2001. He retired from teaching in the New Haven School District in 2014; was elected to the San Leandro School Board later the same year, and was currently serving as the President of the Board. Following his retirement, Vince enrolled and graduated from the Alameda County Master Gardeners program in 2016; he has been actively involved in numerous activities within the local community and was leading the efforts for Community Emergency Response Training teams. He is survived by his wife, Usha; daughter Alexandria Brown; brother, Victor; sister-in-law, Deborah; nephew, Nicholas; niece Deanna; aunt, Ann Migliazzo; uncle, Vince Migliazzo; aunt, Beverly Migliazzo; aunt, Bena Reinig; uncle, Bernard Reinig; aunt Josephine Salce; uncle, Anthony Salce; brothers-in-law, E.T. Sanakaran Kutty, E.T HariDass, E.T. MohanDass; sister-in-law, Jaya Sukumaran, and numerous cousins. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m., at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 3700 Dorissa Ave., Oakland, 94605 officiated by Bishop Michael C Barber, SJ, with a celebration of Vince's life in the parish hall to follow. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Vince's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 ( stjude.org ) or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK ( donate.cancer.org ).
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