Rochester Numismatic Association past president Ted Vaccarella passed away recently. The club has struck a medal in his honor. Thanks to Nick Graver, Eric Miller and the RNA for passing along this information.
First, here's an excerpt from his online obituary.
Ted passed away peacefully on March 13, 2021, at the age of 81, with his sons by his side. Ted is predeceased by his mother and father, Louis J. and Lois P. Vaccarella; brother, Stephen J. Vaccarella and brother-in-law, Robert Chaffee. Ted is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Burger) Vaccarella...
Born in Rochester NY, Ted was a resident of the 19th ward in his youth and graduated in June of 1957 from West High School. Mr. Vaccarella received his B.A. degree from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Upon graduation in 1961 Ted attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and was commissioned an Ensign in the U. S. Navy at the end of his training. He was stationed all over the world including Vietnam during that conflict. Ted served five years in the Navy and became one of the youngest officers ever to become an Executive Officer of a ship (U.S.S. Hissem). After the Navy, Mr. Vaccarella began his civilian career with General Dynamics Corporation, continued at Strong Pediatrics department, and retired from LECESSE Construction in 2005.
Highlights of Ted's life include earning the rank of Eagle Scout along with his brothers, becoming Cubmaster of Troop 156 in the 1980's as his sons were scouts; attending reunions every few years with his fellow Navy U.S.S. Hissem wardroom members; becoming President of the Rochester Numismatic Association in 2008 and Numismatist of the Year in 2015; restoring an antique car; tracing his family history back over 1000 years to share with his family; and becoming a grandpa to his two grandsons who always brought out his warm, bright smile.
Eric Miller submitted this information on the Ted Vaccarella Memorial Medals. Thanks.
Chip Scoppa, Gerry Muhl and myself worked along with the North American Mint to bring together the Ted V Memorial Medal. This is subscription only (payment is due upfront). Medals are bought separately to make a set. The only medal price that may fluctuate is the .999 silver as its the spot price of silver when the medals are struck.
The price list is as follows:
Anyone can order by contacting myself or Chip Scoppa:
- 1 ounce .999 Silver, Proof-like, in capsules $ 5.50 each + spot silver
- 39mm Copper, Proof-like, in capsules $ 4.50 each
- 39mm Bronze, Proof-like, in capsules $ 4.50 each
- 39mm Silver Clad, Proof-like, in capsules $ 5.50 each
- 39mm 24kt Gold Clad, Proof-like, in capsules $7.50 each
Eric Miller- 944-4197 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chip Scoppa email@example.com
Here are some examples of the medals:
These look nicely done. Since 1912 the club has also issued medals featuring its presidents. Ted was the 96th RNA president in 2008 - here's that medal.
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