Lt. Col. Vincent J. Hurley (USAF, retired) died Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Health First Hospital in Viera, FL with his loving family by his side. He was 79 years old.
Born April 9, 1941 in Darby Township, PA to Vincent and Beatrice Hurley, Vince was a graduate of St. James High School of Chester, PA in 1959. Following a year at Villanova University, Vince attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, graduating in 1964. Vince’s Air Force career spanned 28 years until his retirement in June, 1992. He left the service as a Command Pilot with over 7,000 hours accumulated flying time, primarily in C-124 Globemaster, C-7 Caribou, and C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. His military service and enduring love of travel took him literally around the world several times, to include a combat tour in Vietnam and three and a half years based in Japan. Of his many military accolades, he was naturally most proud of having earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and five Air Medals.
Vince was an avid golfer for decades, a true audiophile, and an incorrigible tinkerer who much enjoyed his retirement years in Florida. He was quick with a joke, utterly committed to his family, rock-solid in his Catholic faith, intensely proud of his Irish heritage, and always ready with a story for the youngsters gathered around him.
Vince is survived by his wife, Loretta “Lollie” Hurley; his sons Matthew and Brian; seven grandchildren; his brother John; and his sisters Patricia Bresnen and Barbara Modrick. Preceding him in death were his parents and brother William “Bill” Hurley. His eldest son, Vincent, followed him in passing on September 18, 2020.
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