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V. Vincent Carbone
June 13, 2023
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V. Vincent Carbone, 85, on June 13, 2023, formerly of Feeding Hills, MA. The son of Antonio and Maria Carbone, Italian immigrants who settled in Watertown. where they raised their 7 children and all of whom attended the Watertown public schools. A gifted athlete, he graduated with High Honors from Watertown High School in 1955 and earned a Bachelor's degree with Honors in English from Harvard University in 1959. Immediately after graduation he was offered a teaching position at Watertown High School in the English Department where he taught English for 9 years, during the latter of which he was the Coordinator of English. He left to become Assistant Principal at Hopkinton High School where me met his future wife Patricia Lapan. During this time he earned a Master's degree from Northeastern University in public administration and later earned with Highest Honors a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, an advanced post-Master's program in school administration, also from Northeastern University.
Immediately following his Harvard graduation from September 1959 to his retirement in June 1999, Vincent devoted his entire professional life to public school education. During his professional career he had opportunities to teach at the university level, but instead remained dedicated to public school education. In his professional career Vincent was Assistant Principal at Hopkinton High School, Principal at Cromwell, CT, High School, Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Springfield, and for 18 years he was Superintendent of the Monson public school system from which he retired in June 1999. Throughout his professional career, he fostered and cultivated parent/teacher organizations involving them in the educational process.
During his years as Principal, he encouraged his teachers, and later as Superintendent his Principals and Directors, to be innovative in the educational process and demanded accountability and results. His philosophy concerning team work in public-school education was embraced by each of the school committees in the various communities in which he worked. In his administration of public schools, he insisted on ethical behavior in public education. Both he and his wife Patricia had a deep and abiding faith in their Roman Catholicism.
Vincent was predeceased by his cherished and beloved wife Patricia (nee Lapan), who was a public-school teacher in Palmer. He leaves his beloved daughter Maria Patricia Coughlen and her husband Tim and his beloved grand-daughter Caitlin Marie Courtney, all of Feeding Hills. He was predeceased by his brothers Domenic and John. He leaves his brother Guy and his wife Mimi of Belmont, his sister Angela of Watertown, his brother Ben and his wife Joyce of Arlington, and his sister Maria (nee Carbone) Mauro and her husband Emilio of Belmont. He leaves many beloved nephews (Anthony of Boxford, Michael of Billerica, Emilio of Canton and their wives) and nieces Elvira (nee Mauro) Keeley of Florida and Marie (nee Carbone) Foster of Colorado (and their husbands). He also leaves 10 grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
All services will be held privately by the family.