AUSTINTOWN — Donald Eugene Vivacqua, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023.
Donald was born Aug. 26, 1936, to Elizabeth Frank and Joseph Vivacqua of Youngstown. He attended Immaculate Conception and East High School before joining the U.S. Navy at age 17. Later on, he worked as a brakeman for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
Donald was a natural storyteller. He enjoyed detailing the memories of his childhood on the East Side of Youngstown, world travels while serving in the military and profound relationships made along the way. He was a man who always rooted for the underdog, not just in his favorite sport– boxing — but throughout every aspect of his life. In fact, whenever Donald encountered someone struggling against the odds, he made it his duty to help and protect them. The magnitude of Donald’s benevolence will never be forgotten. But, more than anything else, Donald will be remembered for the love he had for his family, whom he honorably put before himself.
Besides his dog, Nitchke, nothing warmed Donald’s heart quite like summer vacations at Myrtle Beach. There, he shared with his grandchildren his love of swimming, watching live entertainment and walking the beach. The memories his grandchildren made with their beloved “Pups” are forever engraved in their hearts.
As a member of St. Joseph Parish for nearly 60 years, Donald was a man of morality and faith. He was a firm believer in giving to those in need and paying it forward. His practice of goodwill started early in his life, yet it has no end. Donald’s final gift was that of his body to science, a donation that continues his legacy of generosity, even in death.
Donald is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Isabel Muoio; his brother, Anthony Vivacqua (Barbara); his son, Mark Vivacqua; his daughter, Jana Cox; and grandchildren, Vincent, Francesca, Alyssa, Dominique and Nichole.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, George and Joseph Vivacqua, and his sister, Mary Mazzeo.
Visitation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2023, at St. Joseph Parish in Austintown, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m.