Vincent “Vinny” Paul Oare Sr.

Mr. Oare

Vincent “Vinny” Paul Oare Sr., 72, of Gloversville, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Born October 18, 1944, in Albany, he was the son of the late Claude and Marie Earley.

Vinny was a proud Army and Air Force veteran, dedicating almost 20 years of service to our country. He served several tours in Vietnam, where he received numerous awards and decorations for his faithful service. Vinny was an animal lover and was known to many as “The Cat Man.”

Survivors include his beloved wife of 49 years, Prudence Sparks Oare of Gloversville; daughters, Jennifer Young (Donald) of Mayfield and Patricia Oare-Fonda of Gloversville; son, Vincent P. Oare Jr. (Jeanette) of Newport, TN; grandchildren, Andrew, Nicklaus, Justin, Kristopher, Emmillee, Tori, Jacob, Julianna, Austin and Alison; step-granddaughters, Aiofe Hammersmith (Otto) of North Carolina, Sandy Lill (Matt) of North Carolina and Nicolle Lymn of Gloversville; great-granddaughter, Eliannah; step-great-grandson, Thor; sisters, Sharon Gray, Janet Simek and Cathy Simondson (Arnie); and brothers, Brian Sweet and Levi Sweet. Vinny is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his brother, Harold Sweet.

Calling hours to which relatives and friends are invited to attend will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 11 a.m. to noon at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville. A service to celebrate Vinny’s life will take place on Saturday at noon at the funeral home with the Rev. Merle Hock officiating. Burial with military honors will be held at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Vinny’s memory to the Fisher House, 111 Rockville Pike 420, Rockville, MD 20850, or online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville. Please visit the family’s online guest book to leave condolences and share memories at

By Chad Fleck

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