WESTFIELD - Carl L. Vilardo Jr., 79, of Walker Road, Westfield, died Thursday, April 24, 2014, at home following an extended illness.
Carl was born March 25, 1935, in Westfield, N.Y., a son of Jennie (Ciminnisi) Vilardo of Westfield, and the late Carl Vilardo.
A Westfield resident all his life, Carl was a 1953 graduate of Westfield Academy and Central Schools. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served from 1953 until his discharge as a sergeant in 1956. He came home from the service and began a long and distinguished career on the family farm that included dairy and grapes, a farm now known as Vilardo Vineyards. Carl's farm provided grapes for Constellation Wines, Mogen David Wines, Westfield Maid and Cott Industries, as well as, Walker Fruit Farms, Mazza Wineries and Johnson Estate Winery.
Carl was very civic-minded. He was a longtime councilman for the town of Westfield, having served for 38 years, retiring from the town board in 2009. Upon his retirement, the town honored him by renaming Reid Road to Vilardo Road.
Carl was a founder and charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Westfield, and had served the club as a director for 43 years, start-ing in 1971 until his death. He was recognized this past April 11, 2014 as a Dis-tinguished Kiwanian for the New York District, an honor bestowed on very few.
He was also honored by the farming community with the David Crowe "2011 Grape Industry Person of the Year" award.
In his spare time, Carl enjoyed antiquing, auctions and refinishing furniture. For approximately 20 years, Carl and his wife, Roberta, owned and operated Vilardo Antiques.
Carl was a member of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, The Fr. Daniel Early Council 3100 Knights of Columbus, the Kiwanis Club of Westfield, the John W. Rogers Post 327 American Legion, the Loyal Order Of Moose Lodge 118 of Westfield, the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and the Farm Bureau.
Besides his mother, Jennie, Carl is survived by his wife of 54 years, Roberta (Casler) Vilardo, whom he married on Jan. 30, 1959, in Mayville, N.Y.; two daughters: Catherine (Mark) Strobl of East Amherst, N.Y., and Lisa Or-lando of Clinton, N.Y.; and a son, Carl (Lynne) Vilardo, III of Westfield. Carl was the very proud grandfather of Bradley (Linsay) Strobl of North Canton, Ohio, Dr. Jenna Strobl of Stowe, Ohio, Alexa Vilardo and Carl Vilardo IV, both of Westfield, and Julia Orlando and Matthew Orlando, both of Clinton, N.Y. He is further survived by his two sisters: Mary Jane (Nathaniel) Kirkland of Edinburg, Va., and Joanne Seamans of Crestline, Ohio;
Friends may call on Friday, April 25, 2014, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, N.Y., and are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, 15 Union St., Westfield, N.Y., with Monsignor Albert Clody officiating. Burial will be private in St. James Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully declined due to severe family allergies. Instead, Carl's family requests memorials be made to the Grape Discovery Center, 8305 West Main St. Westfield, NY 14787.
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