Anthony F. Vincent Fund
“He was a good man, a generous man. We enjoyed going out for dinner every Saturday night,” Anthony Smyk says of his friend, Anthony Vincent, who died in the fall of 2014 at age 73.
Mr. Smyk explains that his friend grew up on Providence’s East Side, was an only child, and attended Moses Brown School. “He liked reading and was very knowledgeable about a lot of things,” Mr. Smyk states, a fact supported by Mr. Vincent’s support of libraries at his two alma maters, Moses Brown and Haverford College in Haverford, PA.
Mr. Vincent pursued a career in real estate, first with Residential Properties in Providence and later with Capitol Appraisal Services in Warwick. “He had a top-notch job with Residential Properties and was very much into real estate. He was very good at what he did, very good at appraising property, and he loved his work,” Mr. Smyk acknowledges.
He recalls that a lot of people from both Residential Properties and Capitol Appraisal Services attended a memorial service for Mr. Vincent at the Providence Friends Meeting House on the Moses Brown campus. “Everybody loved him, and they all had positive things to say. People from Residential Properties talked about how dedicated he was, how thorough he was, how he performed his job so well, and how he treated people so well,” Mr. Smyk shares.
Of this bequest to the Rhode Island Foundation, Mr. Smyk notes, “I was surprised about it. I knew nothing about his finances, but he obviously wanted to work with an organization that distributes money to other people.”
Indeed, Mr. Vincent’s unrestricted gift will forever further the Foundation’s mission to meet the needs of the people of Rhode Island.