Vincenzo "James" Pannozzi (1885 - 1973)



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Skilled gardner and also ran a Barber Shop on Sabra St. Cranston from 1916-1957 (torn down for the building of Route 10)

Last Job 25 years at Providence Body Company, Providence, RI. Retired 1969.

Previously - Immigrated to U.S. via Ellis Island June 1907 with nephew Giovanni Pannozzi. Became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1913.

First wife Luigia Davia - Died around 1915; 1 Daughter Concetta Pannozzi (known as Clara), died Age 8, Pneumonia). One son, Frank Pannozzi (1914-1985)

Second Wife Consiglia Conti Pannozzi (1899-1937)

Third Wife Maria Elena Lamantia Pannozzi (1915-1993)
One son - James Pannozzi (1947).

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Fondi, Latina County, Lazio Italy


at St. Joseph's Hospital - Cranston, RI,
Providence, RI United States
Cause of death: Congestive Heart Failure

Cause of death

Congestive Heart Failure

Burial / Funeral

at St Ann's Cemetery,
Cranston, RI United States


Last Known Residence

cranston, providence County, ri us

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Father: Salvatore Pannozzo
Mother: Rafaela Philomena Carroci Pannozzo
Siblings: Louis Pannozza, Andre Pannozzo, Gaetano (Daniel) Pannozzi, Pasquale Pannozzo, Giuseppe (Joseph) Pannozza, Maria Pannozza, and Onofrio Antonio Pannozzo


Grammar School


Welder, Shop Maintenance
Providence Body Company

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1885 - In the year that Vincenzo "James" Pannozzi was born, on June 17th, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. Two hundred thousand people and hundreds of boats greeted the statue. It had to be assembled but that had to wait until the pedestal was completed the following April.

1919 - Vincenzo was 34 years old when in the summer and early autumn, race riots erupted in 26 U.S. cities, resulting in hundreds of deaths and even more people being badly hurt. In most cases, African-Americans were the victims. It was called the "Red Summer". Men who were returning from World War I needed jobs and there was competition for those jobs among the races. Tension was heightened by the use by many companies of blacks as strikebreakers.

1944 - At the age of 59 years old, Vincenzo was alive when on November 7th, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a fourth term as President of the United States. Running against Thomas Dewey, Governor of New York, Roosevelt won 53.4 of the popular vote, Dewey got 45.9%.

1959 - At the age of 74 years old, Vincenzo was alive when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

1973 - In the year of Vincenzo "James" Pannozzi's passing, in October, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned - President Nixon nominated Gerald Ford for Vice President. Nixon's tax returns came under investigation. Nixon offered the recently discovered Oval Office tapes be heard by one person and summarized - his offer was rejected by the Special Prosecutor. Nixon ordered the Attorney General, then the assistant Attorney General, to fire the Special Prosecutor. Both refused and were fired. The Solicitor General became the acting Attorney General and fired the Special Prosecutor (the Saturday Night Massacre). Nixon releases some of the tapes, under extreme pressure because of the firings.

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Vincenzo (James) Pannozzi was my father. He came to Cranston, R.I. in 1912 to Pleasant St. at Frankfort st. and lived in this area for the rest of his life. He eventually bought property at 19 and at 9 Sabra St. and built a cottage at 19 Sabra in 1926.
He drove a 1919 Maxwell Truck in the early 1920's, eventually tended boilers for the International Braid Company in Providence and later worked for Providence Body Co. on Wellington Ave. until his retirement in 1969 at the age of 85.
Skilled as a gardener he also tended gardens for clients on Smith St..
He had a complete set of cobbler tools, an old Sears cast iron stove and a grape crusher in the basement. A superb cook, he would prepare the Thanksgiving dinner for hours and it would take me 40 minutes to bring all the food up from the basement.
He also built a barber shop at 9 Sabra St. (torn down in 1957 when Route 10 was built) and was known for many years as Jimmy the Barber. All the area men would come on Saturday's, many of them immigrants of every ethnicity and would get a shave and haircut for 25 cents.
I stand in awe of this man, who single handedly built a home for himself and his family by sheer work and determination from the pre-World War 1 era right though the great depression, World War 2, the 1950's and 1960's.
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