It is with profound sadness and loss we announce the peaceful passing of Vince Di Nillo at home on the 25th November 2019.
Vince or Chef, as he was also known, was born in 1937 in the village of Rosello, Italy and at a very young age he moved to London, England. There he commenced his apprenticeship in the culinary world working in many fine homes including that of Princess Margaret.
Vince, with a sense of adventure and opportunity moved to Montreal in 1956 and hence began his love affair with Canada. Soon after, he seized the chance to move to Stephenville NL, then Gander and onwards to St John’s where, for many years, he was the Executive Chef for Atlific Hotels, the former operators of the Holiday Inns in NL.
Chef was passionate about his profession and recognized that mentoring was the way to instill this passion in others. He was a founding member of the NL Association of Chefs and Cooks and was honoured and recognized for his contribution to the industry with the Chef of the Year Award several times and also an award named in his honour.
Nationally he was honoured by the Canadian Federation of Chefs as the Chef of the Year in 1991. Chef was always front and center in fundraising and supporting local charities and in 2003 he ventured as part of a 200 person international team of chefs to fundraise and feed hungry children in South Africa. He and his fellow Chefs for many years hosted the Regatta Day Breakfast for the Children’s Wish Foundation among other worthwhile causes.
The only passion Vince had that exceeded that of his profession was that of his family. Vince loved to travel and to experience the flavours wherever he went but nothing pleased him more than to visit family in “the village” in Italy. He was predeceased by his mother, father, a brother and a sister. His older brother Romano (Maria) and nieces and nephews in Rosello, Villa Santa Maria and Rome survive him. His heartfelt sense of pride, love and joy will be always present in those he called family and friends.
He is survived by his steadfast and loving wife Patsy Tremblett-Di Nillo and their daughter Ersilia, his three sons; Dino (Glenda), Mississauga; Mario, London ON, Romano, New York city and his fur companion Luna.
Cremation has taken place and condolences can be personally given to the family during a visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home at 329 Freshwater Road, St John’s Thursday, the 28th November from 2 – 4pm and 7 – 9pm or electronically on their website www.carnells.com.
A celebration of Vince will be held at the Battery dining room from 7pm – 9 pm on Friday November 29th.
Flowers gratefully accepted or donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Foundation of NL, 1037 Topsail Road, Mount Pearl, NL A1N 5E9.
Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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