Vincent C. Zavorskas, 83, of North Falmouth, died Tuesday, February 11th at the Falmouth Hospital after a long illness. A most unselfish man, he spent his life giving and caring for others, whether it was through his teaching of woodcarving at the Falmouth Senior Center or visiting residents at various nursing homes. In his quiet way, he made a big difference in many people’s lives. He was never one to gossip or expect praise for his good deeds. Vinnie was a loving husband, son, brother, cousin, uncle and friend as well as a great cook!
Born in New Haven, CT to Vincent Philip and Estelle Marches, he was 100 percent Lithuanian and proud of it. When the family moved to Hamden when he was in the third grade, he went to the Church Street School where he met lifelong friends. In his teenage years, he was part of the Victorian Boys Club which has held annual picnics for years. Sports were a big part of his life but baseball was the dominant one. He was part of the Hamden Medics Team in 1954 which won the championship of the Greater New Haven League. He graduated from Hamden High School in 1956. Following that, he worked at Dictaphone Tape Recording Company in Bridgeport, CT with his mother and aunt. In 1958, he joined the Coast Guard and was sent to boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey where he was elected group company commander. His duties were at lifeboat station Santa Rosa in Pensacola, Florida and then in New Orleans. In 1961, he was sent to the Philippine Islands on isolated duty at a LORAN station for one year. During that time the men lost their station due to typhoon Ellen. USCG Base New London ended his career when he was honorable discharged in 1962.
While living in CT, he studied at the Paier School of Art in Hamden with the intention of becoming an illustrator. This eventually changed when he moved to Falmouth and discovered wood carving and became a member of the New England Woodcarvers where he sold his art at many shows on and off the Cape. In the 80’s, he started painting and many of his works were made into cards sold by Marion Heath and Heritage Plantation. In his later years, he crafted shadow boxes from scratch with wildlife and whimsical touches. These were displayed in the cases of libraries in Dennis, Falmouth and Bourne.
For many years Vinnie suffered with OCD. He was fortunate to find a doctor in Falmouth who cured him. Out of gratitude, he wrote stories and poems that would help to cure others and attended group meetings for years to that end.
In October on 2018, he contracted encephalitis which changed his life drastically. He was home for six months but had a seizure in March which required medication that was not working well for him. In August, he ended up at Royal Megansett where he began to lose quality of life.
He is survived by his wife, Carla (Scribner), his first cousins Bob Zavorskas from Orleans, Tom Zavorskas of Brooklyn, CT, Donald Zavorskas of Clinton, and Barbara Kalbach of Harwich as well as other cousins in CT and NJ. He was uncle to Julie Mollica of East Sandwich, Casey Scribner of Hull, John Scribner of Norwell, Elliot and Nicole Scribner of Boulder, Colorado, and great uncle to Annabel Lee Mollica and Vanessa and Elizabeth Scribner.
Many thanks to all the caregivers who gave their all to Vinnie during this journey. You know who you are!
Visiting hours will be held from 1-4pm on Sunday, February 23 at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Hwy in WEST FALMOUTH. A private burial will be on Monday at the National Cemetery in Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Falmouth Senior Center, 300 Dillingham Ave, Falmouth MA 02540, in honor of his years of volunteer service, or to the charity of your choice.