Vincent Sanacore, 70, organizer in teachers union

January 10, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Vincent A. Sanacore, a retired American Federation of Teachers official, died of cancer Friday at his Reisterstown home. He was 70.

Mr. Sanacore, whose work as an organizer and contract negotiator took him throughout the nation, joined the union in 1977 and retired in 1990.

He was coordinator and contract negotiator for the Teachers Association of Baltimore County from 1972 until he resigned in 1977. During the 1960s, he was executive director of the National Education Association.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., he graduated from high school there in 1942 and enlisted in the Navy, serving aboard the battleship USS New York during World War II. He participated in the Okinawa, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima campaigns and was discharged in 1946.

In 1951, he graduated from the University of Florida-Coral Gables.

Mr. Sanacore painted with watercolors, specializing in Maryland scenes.

He was a gourmet cook and gardener who grew azaleas at home and Sicilian tomatoes, which he canned for sauces, on a plot at Oregon Ridge. He was a licensed pilot and a volunteer guide at the Irvine Natural Science Center in Stevenson.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 W. Allegheny Ave., Towson.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, the former Verna Bonnickson; a son, Martin Sanacore of Corvallis, Ore.; two daughters, Antonia Sanacore of Hollywood, Fla., and Amanda Sanacore of Davie, Fla.; a sister, Rose Yellin of Syosset, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.

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