Longtime McCloud resident, Vincencio “Vince” Sempronio, passed away on June 21, 2010 after a year-long battle with cancer.
Born on April 13, 1926 in Reno, Nevada, he graduated from Carson City High School at age 17. He received his Bachelor’s from San Jose State and earned his Master’s in Physical Education from San Francisco State.
Vince served in the Navy during World War II and the Army during the Korean War.
After a short courtship, Vince married Geneva “Jane” Kilgore on August 23, 1953.
He and his family moved to McCloud in 1959 when he was hired at the new McCloud High School. Vince served as vice-principal, teacher, athletic director, and basketball, track and golf coach. He retired from McCloud High School in 1986.
In 1988 he and his second wife Charlotte, moved to Medford, Oregon where he continued to substitute teach and was the assistant state director for AARP.
Vince continued his passion for sports by competing in the Master’s Track and Field from 1989-2008. In both 2009 and 2010, Vince was nominated as one of 25 nationwide athletes for the Master’s Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his five children, Vince (and Monica) of Bethesda, Maryland, Cynthia of Mount Shasta, California, Gary of McCloud, California, Michele of Calistoga, California and Gia of Napa, California; grandsons, Jarrod Simons, Trenton Simons, Antonio (and Jessica) Sempronio, Vincencio (and Frankie) Sempronio, Austin Sempronio Andrews and Luca Ribaudo Sempronio;  great-grandchildren, Amanda Mejia Simons, Luciana Sempronio, Vincencio Sempronio II; wife, Charlotte; sister, Velia Bergquest; nephews, Dean Bergquest and Randall May.
A memorial service will be held July 8 at noon at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in McCloud.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in Vince’s name to: St. Joseph’s “McCloud” Building Fund, 314 4th Street, Yreka, CA  96097; or American Cancer Society, 754 Mangrove Avenue, Chico, CA 95926.