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Borough of Trafford was man's life, rarely missed Penn-Trafford games

Stephen Huba
| Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
Vincent J. Babeo of Trafford died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was 75.
Vincent J. Babeo of Trafford died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was 75.

For his whole life, Vince Babeo was all about Trafford — where he was born, raised and brought up his own family.

“The borough of Trafford was my dad's life. He loved this town,” said his daughter Lisa Babeo.

Mr. Babeo was a borough councilman for four years, a Trafford Fire Company No. 1 member for 10 years and a lifelong booster of the Penn-Trafford Warriors.

“We're going to the (Friday night) football game in honor of my dad. That was his big priority,” she said.

Penn-Trafford plays Upper St. Clair in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Vincent J. Babeo of Trafford died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was 75.

Born Jan. 16, 1942, he was the son of the late Antonio and Elizabeth (Stangelo) Babeo. He graduated from Trafford High School in 1960.

He attended the American Institute of Banking and worked in the banking industry his whole life. He was a bank manager and officer with the McKeesport National Bank, working in McKeesport, North Versailles and Wilmerding.

One of his duties was to approve small-business loans and home mortgages.

“He was trusting and always tried to give somebody a chance,” Lisa Babeo said.

After his family, he loved his community most of all, she said.

In addition to borough council, Mr. Babeo served on a zoning committee, an American bicentennial committee and a committee organizing the Trafford centennial celebration.

He religiously attended Penn-Trafford football and basketball games, rarely missing one. His last was the game against McKeesport on Oct. 27, his daughter said.

He also stayed active planning class reunions and mini class reunions. “He so loved his classmates. They were friends for life,” Lisa Babeo said.

His nieces and nephews knew him as Uncle Vinnie, and his children's friends knew him as Big V, she said.

Mr. Babeo is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary (Wadsworth) Babeo; his children, Lisa Babeo of Trafford and Tony Babeo and his wife, Natalie, of Mars; and three grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 12 to 6 p.m. Friday in John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home, 702 Seventh St. (Route 130), Trafford. Parting prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Regis Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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