Vincent Scire Jr., who lives in Levittown, lived and breathed music. From an early age, he practiced for hours every day on his main instrument, the clarinet, Scar’s sisters said. As he grew older, he joined Long Island community bands and music clubs, gave private lessons, and joined the 50’s and 60’s band Cathy and Revivals for over 30 years.
“He was very keen on trying to share music with others,” said Nancy Backpit, Plattsburgh’s sister in the north. “He never gave up. That love for music was always there.”
Scire, 68, died on April 21st at COVID-19.
“He had perfect ears and perfect pitch,” said Kathy Santaniello of Lindenhurst, lead singer of Cathy and Revivals. “He was able to hear the keyboard.’I know, I’m playing a song on the E keyboard, but I’ve forgotten how it sounds. He’ll make a fuss and I Would be “perfect”. If someone drops the penny on the floor, he will be like “landing on the F-Sharp key.” “
Shia was born on July 25, 1951 and grew up in Elmont’s home, where her father lived from the age of nine. He attended Elmont Memorial High School, where his passion for music first flourished. He joined a school band and marched to a local parade. Scire holds an associate degree from Nassau Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, and a master’s degree in music education from Queen’s College.
He didn’t become a music teacher, but he continued his musical life. He has joined several community bands, including the North Shore Pops Concert Band and the Freeport Community Band. He held parades at summer festivals and local venues in the metropolitan area. Scire joined Cathy and Revivals in their early thirties, simply calling the group The Revivals, playing the saxophone and singing the first tenor. As a revival, the group recorded two records, “I’m young again” and “Looking back.”
Scire’s favorite song was Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” which her sister Janet Biela in Orlando, Florida said said she was telling her brother’s personality.
“He was his own,” Viera said, adding that the pocket watch he received from his parents when he was young was his most valuable possession, and Scare loved everything in the old days. It was. “He didn’t care what everyone was thinking. He always did it his way. He was solid about who he was.”
Another big love of Scire is the Long Island Singles Association, founded in 2005 by longtime friends Joe Musack and Bay Shore. Two organized club events (such as dinner and bowling) have been organized. After these outings, members often attended Sia’s concerts.
“Anyone who knew him was wealthier,” said Linda Ann Emilio Ellis, a former club member at New Hyde Park. “He was a warm man. He was an Italian gentleman. I was very welcoming and embracing him and wanted to meet new people.”
Scire’s ability to run a single club stems from his talent for connecting with others.
“He stayed connected with people,” Backpit said. “He considered them important and tried to keep them. He was very compassionate and kind. I don’t think he can do enough for the people.
A devout Catholic, Scire was buried in the Holly Rud Catholic Cemetery in Westbury. His family wants to hold a memorial service next year.
Scire has survived by his two sisters.