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Vincent L. Consalo was 87

Vincent L. Consalo Sr., a longtime member of the fresh produce industry in southern New Jersey, died July 18 of cancer at his home in Landisville, NJ. He was born July 20, 1930, so he died just two days shy of his 88th birthday, his son Bobby Consalo told The Produce News.Vincent-Consalo

Mr. Consalo's father, William Consalo Sr., founded Wm. Consalo & Sons Farms in 1927. The founder had four sons: Bill, Augie, Andy and Vincent, all of whom worked at the company. Vincent, known affectionately as Sonny, was the last remaining member of that second generation.

The company, headquartered in Vineland, NJ, was founded as a grower. It expanded over the years, eventually becoming a grower, shipper and distributor of an extensive line of fresh fruits and vegetables from all over the United States.

Mr. Consalo retired in 2000, and the company closed its doors in 2012, according to Bobby Consalo.

Mr. Consalo graduated from Glassboro (NJ) High School in 1949, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, according to information provided the funeral home.

Mr. Consalo was a member of many produce industry association during his lifetime, including the United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association, the Produce Marketing Association, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, the New Jersey Farm Bureau, the New Jersey Peach Growers Association and the Landisville Fruit Growers Association.

Mr. Consalo is survived by his wife of 66 years, Hope; his sons, Bobby Consalo, who works in the produce industry at Dandrea Produce, and Vince Consalo; his daughter, Debbie Consalo; his sister Elaine D'Ottavio; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Thomas Consalo and his sister, Philamena Giunta.