Vincenzo Miriello

Date of Death: 
June 22nd, 2020

Vincenzo “Bonz” Miriello, born and raised in the Tacony section of Philadelphia, PA, passed away on June 22, 2020 at the age of 58. He was the beloved son of the late Bruno Saverio and Rosina (nee Pupo). Loving brother of Vito and Daniele (Rose) Miriello. Dearest Zio of Claudia, Santino, Bianca, and Gabriella. Dear nephew of Giuseppina (late Enzo) LoManto, Edda (Armando) Portaro, Ralph (Arlene) Pupo, Pasquale (Diane) Pupo and the late Antonio (Janet) Pupo. He is also survived by many loving cousins. Vinny was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in May of 2019 and fought a very courageous battle until his passing in June. Vinny was one of the most loyal, selfless, kindhearted, and toughest people you would ever meet. If you were in his inner circle, or friendly with someone in this circle, he would do anything for you…no questions asked. He loved helping people and organizations. He volunteered for numerous school events for his nieces and nephew. Vinny was a member of the Laborers Union Local 57. Early in his career he was a first-class auto body mechanic and repaired Septa buses and trollies. Also, he worked at Boulevard Auto and Eurotech as a mechanic. Vinny would always be willing to help anyone with car repairs and would do the work in the driveway of his home. Vinny had hands of gold and could make a mangled car look brand new. He was meticulous in his work and it had to be perfect. Vinny loved everything Philly and Italian. He was a member of the Golden Slipper New Year’s Day Brigade Murray Comic Club. He took great pride in being a member of the club and never missed a parade until he was diagnosed with lung cancer in May 2019. His favorite holiday was Christmas and always made a trip to center city to visit the Christmas Village and purchase his annual souvenir coffee mug and many other tchotchkes. He was also a member of Sons of Italy. Vinny was a collector of stamps, coins, and anything else he thought would be valuable in the future. He would spend hours organizing everything and ensuring it was in its proper place. Vinny was not an internet person and chose to receive current events from the Philadelphia Daily News. Vinny’s greatest pleasure was looking after his nieces and nephew. He helped raise Claudia with our mother from birth until she went to kindergarten. He never missed dance recitals, plays, sporting event, school event, etc. for his nieces and nephew or his cousins. His love for his nieces and nephew was above and beyond. If one of the kids would make some kind of crazy food or drink concoction, the rest of the family would take a pass or pretend they tasted it, but not Zio. He would consume it every time and tell the kids how delicious it was. Zio was Godfather to Bianca and Claudia & Santino’s Confirmation sponsor. He took his role very seriously and ensured god was always present in their lives. Vinny was the type of person who always thought of others before himself. He would be the first to give up his seat at family dinners, so everyone else could be together. Sunday dinners were incredibly special to him and he loved when everyone came over. Our traditions of making vino, soppressata, capocollo, sausage, jarring tomatoes, and holiday cookies will not be the same without him. He loved playing cards, whether it be poker, 500 rummy, regular rummy, trash with the kids, or solitaire. He could play for hours. Him and his friend Mike would frequent the casinos in the area and Atlantic City and play poker all night long. After our father’s passing in 1985 he took care of our mother for many years. He took her everywhere and they never missed any occasion. Vinny was master of nick names “Vinnyisms”. The nickname Bonz is one that stuck to him, but he had many variations of Bonz; Bonzy, Bonzarella, Ah Bonzus, Bo, to name a few. It depended on who he was addressing. Newt, Wally, Chally, Sammy, Steve, Santinuch, Biankina, Louuuuuuu, Mama Puff, butter and beans, Ce, baby girl, Corners, the list is endless. All nicknames for members of the family or friends. He was a longtime member of Our Lady of Consolation Parish and a member of Sons of Italy. He attended Our Lady of Consolation Grade School, Father Judge High School, and PencoTech Trade School. He was deeply devoted to San Marziale (patron Saint of Isca sullo Ionio, our parent’s birthplace in Italy) and Padre Pio. He never missed the annual feast day celebration of San Marziale in South Philly. Life is about the impact you make in people’s lives, not wealth or a successful career. Vinny lived his life the way he wanted whether anyone liked it or not. He unconditionally loved and in return he was loved. He never made a lot of money or had a lot of money, but he was one of the most generous people we knew. He never married or had his own children, so he gave all his love to his family, nieces, nephew, cousins, and friends. His impact on this earth reaches far beyond anyone can imagine. I am sure we will hear many more stories from people we do not even know on how our brother impacted their lives. Vinny Bonz you were one of kind and you will be missed greatly by so many. We love you and rest in peace you deserve it. From the Miriello family; if you are at high risk, feel uncomfortable attending large gatherings, or you can comprise a loved one, DO NOT feel obligated to attend Vincenzo’s services. The funeral mass will be live streamed at 10:00AM. “Like” Galzerano Funeral Home on facebook to view the live stream. We would prefer you and your loved ones be safe. You can always post condolences on this website. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Relatives and friends are invited to call Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Consolation Church, Tulip St. and Princeton Ave. Funeral Mass 10:00 AM. Entombment Sunset Memorial Park. In Lieu of flowers family would prefer donations to the American Lung Association (https://action.lung.org/site/Donation2?df_id=31272&mfc_pref=T&31272.donation=form1&_ga=2.35365348.458786291.1593114360-40086687.1593114360) in his memory. Mask are required to enter the church and we ask all visitors to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing.

Memories and Condolences

I want you to know how muuch we loved Bonz. He always welcomed us with opened arms, He was a very special human being and we will miss him so much. Always there with a kiss and alot of love, and sincere. We will miss you babe.
There are no words to explain the impact that Bonz made on my life. He was a true Christian and exemplary Catholic effortlessly. He had a heart of gold and loved his family who lived near and far with his whole heart. When he was rehabilitating his hip last summer at a Center City Rehab facility, I would visit him. He kept me company just as I kept him company. We always had the best conversations. I introduced him to Sebastian Maniscalco on YouTube and many a times at the rehabilition facility we would find ourselves on the patio until midnight under the city skyline laughing all night long. I will never forget you my handsome cousin Bonzy. Rest in peace with all that have gone before you in our family, especially your parents and grandparents. You are with God in heaven without a doubt because you were truly a living saint. I will love you forever.
Vinnie, you were always a stand out. One of the kindest people, with an awesome heart. We were not related by blood, but I've known you since I was a small child. You always were just like family. I will miss your smiling face at every family party. Your great big hugs. Hey Lee, hows the family? Rest easy in your parents and grandparents arms. God bless and keep you😔
So sorry for your loss. Vince was very special. I was always impressed with his love and devotion to his mother and family. I’m sure he will be missed by all. Dolores Valentino
Bonz, my life will never be the same without you. You were a true champion of giving. You would take my father to his doctor appointments and be there for both my parents when they needed help. We spent many great times together when we were kids. Your father and mother where a great influence to me and continue to be an inspiration in my life as you do also. God Bless you. God keep you safe. God grant you peace. We will all be together again. I hope I can live up to your example.
So very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that he was loved by so many. I will always remember how he would make sure I was up front and center at birthdays for the kids. He will be missed by so many. God Bless.
so sorry to hear of the paasing of Vinny. He was a very special person who alway could make you laugh. When he entered a room you knew it was going to be a great time. He loved his family traditions and was a phone call away if you needed help with anything. I offen remember our trip to Las Vegas. I never laughed so much. R.I.P Bonz. You will be missed.
Heaven just got an Italian Angel. We wish there were more people in this world like the respectful, kind, loving man Vinny was. He always made you feel so special and put you up on a pedestal. He made you feel like family and would cater to all your needs to make you feel welcome. There is a whole in our hearts. He may be out of site, but never ever forgotten. Vinny, may your life continue to bring you good health, peace, and happiness in the loving arms of God. Our deepest condolences to all the family. May God bring you peace. With all our love, Barbara n Siro
Vinny! Our lives will never be the same without you, you were a good beautiful person in and out you were the best and most loyal friend that anyone could ever hope for. You were one of the most honest,respectful and fun-loving man that I have ever known. I think back and I remember so many good times we had together. You truly were “one of a kind “ you will be greatly missed, a man like you is very difficult to replace. RIP my good friend and thank you for treating us like family.we all love forever. Siro.
Dear Vinnie we're so sorry your gone. I'm going to miss our talks over the spiked cappuccino. You will be missed. Our friendship meant a lot to us. You'll always remain part of our family. We'll think of you always as we look across the street and not see you sitting there. You were a intricate part of Our neighborhood always friendly and caring. The kids often talk about the nights you all played card, rummy. We are all grieved in your passing. RIP Dear Vinnie. Love Vince and Jeannie, Richard,Lauren, Alison, Al
Where do I start? Vinny, you will be sorely missed. I'll never forget the wonderful memories ingrained in my head thanks to you. Probably the earliest one, which Carlo and I still joke about, is you telling me: "don't flash your money around people". I think I was 8 or 9 years old when you told me that, after counting my treasure following a birthday or Christmas party...I can't recall which. Either way - great advice. There was playing cards at your house with small plates of soppressata and cheese, with the little glasses of vino to go with it, to watching you take notes on seemingly everything (life) in your little notebook. What I'll miss the most is our conversations. You were a true character and one of the most genuinely loving and caring persons I have ever encountered - definitely one of a kind. We all will miss your sense of humor, charm, and charisma. Love you cugine and say hello to mom for me.
I sit here with a heavy heart !!! Writing about the death of one of the first members of the Golden Slipper NYB!!! If we didn’t hear from you for a month or an entire year, I new when it was parade time we could always count on you to be there. I knew to order your hoodie and badge cause by hook or crook you find a way to make it!!! Vinny “Bonz” you will be sadly missed!!! RIP my friend 💔💔
Cousin Vince will be missed by all his friends and family. He was one of a kind with a heart of gold 💛 Rest In Peace in your parents arms. You will live forever in our hearts ❤️
Dear Miriello Family, please know that I am sorry for your loss. When I heard about Vincenzo's diagnosis I reached out and was able to reconnect with him. Hadn't talked to him since high school, but I'm glad I called. He told me at the time, he could only handle about ten minute phone calls. We spoke for close to an hour. At one point in our conversation he remarked that I was easy to talk to, even though we were talking about our own mortality. When Rosina died, I got the opportunity to see him, and again I'm glad I did, as that was the last time I would see him alive. Seeing him that day, amongst his family, then reading his obituary, hearing his eulogies, I can't help but be inspired. My future is still in front of me, and bearing witness to Vincenzo's life makes me want to make the most of it, be my best self. And for that I thank all of you.
So sorry to hear about “bonz”, his memory and all of your family will always put a smile on my face! Many great memories ! From making vino to your mom feeding us chicken cutlets, couldn’t of had better neighbors ! Rest In Peace Vinny and thanks for being you!!!
Dear Miriello Family, I'm so sorry for the loss of Vincenzo, it's been many years, but he was my oldest and best friend. We met at OLC and where so very close thru our early 20's. Me and our group of friends have so many good memories of him, it's hard to count. We are all so hurt. He was a loving and caring person. Always made his family first and will be so missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bonz, i miss you so much. I think about you every day and find myself randomly bursting into tears. You weren’t just my cousin, you were one of my best friends and i just can’t picture my life without you. Alyssa randomly looks up and says “Hi Uncle Bonz” so i know you’re with us. I just wish i could talk to you one last time. I love you. love, Seesa, sischadice
May you find comfort in God’s promise at Revelation 21:3,4. “God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away away.”
R.I.P. Bonz.

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