Vincent Illuzzi Sr., renowned granite sculptor, dies
BERLIN - Vincent Illuzzi Sr., father of the well-known former Essex/Orleans County senator, died on Wednesday at 93 years old.
Illuzzi lived on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin for 54 years and was a self-employed sculptor, commissioned to carve monuments, which are located in parks and cemeteries across America. One commission was for a large granite sculpture to be located in Washington, D.C., near Dupont Circle. It was dedicated to the liberation, freedom and independence of all citizens of captive nations and was unveiled by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1964 with Illuzzi present.
Another monument he created commemorated the role of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam. Located at the East Hills Kiwanis Memorial Park near Johnstown, Pa., the granite statue of a U.S. soldier holding a Vietnamese child was dedicated in June 1974.
Illuzzi was a member of the Barre Historical Society and an early supporter of the restoration of the Old Labor Hall in Barre, and he supported creation of the Barre Granite Museum at the Jones Brothers granite shed, where he carved many monuments, including the one in Washington.